James K. Polk USA President #11 7 inch 3D Printed Bust

$25.99



This 3D printed bust of Zachary Taylor, the twelfth United States President. This one is printed in a marble PLA, giving it a realistic stone look and a surprise whenever someone picks it up to discover it's actual weight. It is more durable than alabaster or plaster, and is washable with lukewarm soapy water for easy spring cleaning. It comes on a custom plinth that has his lifetime on the front, and his dates in office as president on the back.

It stands 7 inches tall, about 3.5 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. If you'd like different information on the back or front, please put it in your comment when you check out.

From Wikipedia:

James Knox Polk was the 11th president of the United States, serving from 1845 to 1849. He previously was Speaker of the House of Representatives (1835–1839) and governor of Tennessee (1839–1841). A protégé of Andrew Jackson, he was a member of the Democratic Party and an advocate of Jacksonian democracy. Polk is chiefly known for extending the territory of the United States during the Mexican–American War; during his presidency, the United States expanded significantly with the annexation of the Republic of Texas, the Oregon Territory, and the Mexican Cession following the American victory in the Mexican–American War.

After building a successful law practice in Tennessee, Polk was elected to the state legislature (1823) and then to the United States House of Representatives in 1825, becoming a strong supporter of Andrew Jackson. After serving as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, he became Speaker in 1835, the only president to have been Speaker. Polk left Congress to run for governor; he won in 1839, but lost in 1841 and 1843. He was a dark horse candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 1844; he entered his party's convention as a potential nominee for vice president, but emerged as a compromise to head the ticket when no presidential candidate could secure the necessary two-thirds majority. In the general election, Polk defeated Henry Clay of the rival Whig Party.

Historians consider Polk the most effective president of the pre–Civil War era, having met during his four-year term every major domestic and foreign policy goal he had set. After a negotiation fraught with risk of war, he reached a settlement with the Great Britain over the disputed Oregon Country, the territory for the most part being divided along the 49th parallel. Polk achieved a sweeping victory in the Mexican–American War, which resulted in the cession by Mexico of nearly all the American Southwest. He secured a substantial reduction of tariff rates with the Walker tariff of 1846. The same year, he achieved his other major goal, re-establishment of the Independent Treasury system. Historian Thomas A. Bailey says that during the Mexican war, "Polk was an energetic and indefatigable war leader, and he emerged, partly through rare good luck, with uninterrupted success. He kept the sole direction of the war in his own hands, from grand strategy to the procurement of mules." True to his campaign pledge to serve only one term, Polk left office in 1849 and returned to Tennessee where he died three months after leaving the White House.

Read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_K._Polk

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This is a 3D printed product, so there may be minor defects (rough edges, bumps, etc). I have spent months building my own machine to exact specifications for accuracy and surface quality, and I scrutinize every model very closely. I use only the highest quality filament to ensure colors are vibrant and defects are kept to an absolute minimum for both your item and my machine.

Every item in my shop is test printed and checked for not only aesthetics, but also the intended use. All of my items I list I personally test to ensure they meet my stringent standards. All items are printed in PLA, an organic non-toxic plastic made from corn and is biodegradable, yet very strong. PLA will not degrade under normal use, but will break down when buried.

If I'm not happy with it, it doesn’t ship. You will get my very best work, which you will find is a cut above the rest!

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Additional

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Do you take requests?
A: Unfortunately, I can't at this time. Each bust you see was artfully sculpted in 3D at a significant expense and commitment of time. I wish it were as easy as "scanning a photo to 3D", but the technology just can't compare to a highly skilled artist. I'm always open to suggestions and on the lookout for new subjects, so feel free to reach out with a suggestion. If I get enough interest, I'll commit to producing it.

Q: I'd like a bust of my grandmother, is this something you can do?
A: Yes, but it will be expensive if I need to create the digital asset from scratch. Sculpting costs and prototyping costs will run about $800 for the job, and it will take about 4 weeks. You can reduce this significantly if you obtain a scan of your friend or relative with a smartphone app such as "3DCatch" or any photogrammetry app. Google "photogrammetry apps" for a complete list of free and paid programs.

Q: Can you copy this statue from this photograph?
A: I can, as long as it's old enough that there aren't copyright issues. If you have a file, it will be fairly straightforward and similar to the pricing in my shop for the print. If you only have a picture, and there is no file (STL) in the open domain, sculpting it from scratch will run around $600 and will take a couple of weeks.

Q: Are 3D prints fragile?
A: All of my prints are FDM, meaning they are very rigid and hold up very well to time and use. Occasionally, the USPS will devise a clever way to wreck my work, but this is the exception.

Q: Why are they so light?
A: I combine technology and art to create the strongest possible work, yet the least amount of material consumed and therefore lower cost of manufacture and also shipping cost. It also has the added benefit of allowing multiple works to be placed on floating shelves without the need for elaborate reinforcement or the like. I do also make a premium bust version that are much heavier, but they will need a sturdy shelf if you want to display more than 5 at a time.

Q: Do 3D prints smell?
A: Absolutely not. PLA is an odorless plastic that doesn't emit any smell. That said, I occasionally use a strawberry-scented accelerator on my glue that makes it cure instantly. For the large busts this is a MUST to get a good bond between the plinths and the bust. If there is any residual accelerator, that strawberry scent will dissipate in a day or so leaving only the odorless print.

Q: I see 10 items listed, does that mean you have 10 to ship tomorrow?
A: If you see "QTY 10" for a given item, it means I can make 10 of them inside of the advertised delivery date listed. If you ask me for an estimated shipping date and wait 5 days to actually buy the item, the ship date will have to slip to reflect the delay in purchase.

Q: Do you sell your STL files?
A: Unfortunately, no. With the significant investment I have made in them I need to maintain control over my digital assets. Once a file is "out there", it's gone for good.

Q: Do you take on 3D print work?
A: If you have a file, I can generate a quote very quickly. It's best if you include a link to a source when you contact me. Please be aware I will not 3D print any of the following under any circumstances:
1) Pornographic content
2) Anything firearms related
3) Fidget Spinners
4) Cookie Cutters
5) Pokemon
If it is a functional part to be used on a plane, train, boat, or automobile I will require indemnification should the part fail while in use.

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A: Probably, especially if it is good. If you upload or email a photo to my site or to my inbox you are giving me permission to use it in social media or for marketing purposes. I will not cite the source of the photo, and I might create a derivative (filters, cropping, etc) of your photo.

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