This is a 3D printed memorial I designed for September 11th, 2001. I was an enlisted US Marine on that day, with the usual daily grind chattering in the background of my air-conditioned Mobile Maintenance Facility at MALS-39 in Camp Pendleton, CA. I'll never forget the moment the news broke about the first tower. For the first time in ages, the dusty shop radio was switched on and we all huddled around it to hear what little details were known that morning. Then the second aircraft hit. In shock, we all secretly knew this was the end of the world as we knew it, and we were going to put to use the training we all had endured for so long. We were going to war, we just didn't know with whom. Never in my life had I been so motivated to purpose, and in a lot of ways that day has guided my hand to present.
I will never forget that day, and this will help me to remember.
It measures almost 8" tall and over 6" wide. Primary color is for buildings, secondary color is for text.
The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. Additional people died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases in the months and years following the attacks.
Four passenger airliners operated by two major U.S. passenger air carriers (United Airlines and American Airlines)—all of which departed from airports in the northeastern United States bound for San Francisco and Los Angeles—were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. Two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan. Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed. Debris and the resulting fires caused a partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the World Trade Center complex, including the 47-story 7 World Trade Center tower, as well as significant damage to ten other large surrounding structures. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense) in Arlington County, Virginia, which led to a partial collapse of the building's west side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was initially flown toward Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers thwarted the hijackers. 9/11 is the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history and the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed, respectively.
Suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaeda. The United States responded by launching the War on Terror and invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, which had failed to comply with U.S. demands to extradite Osama bin Laden and expel al-Qaeda from Afghanistan. Many countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded the powers of law enforcement and intelligence agencies to prevent terrorist attacks. Although Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda's leader, initially denied any involvement, in 2004 he claimed responsibility for the attacks. Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives. After evading capture for almost a decade, bin Laden was located in Pakistan and killed by SEAL Team Six of the U.S. Navy in May 2011.
The destruction of the World Trade Center and nearby infrastructure seriously harmed the economy of Lower Manhattan and had a significant effect on global markets, which resulted in the closing of Wall Street until September 17 and the civilian airspace in the U.S. and Canada until September 13. Many closings, evacuations, and cancellations followed, out of respect or fear of further attacks. Cleanup of the World Trade Center site was completed in May 2002, and the Pentagon was repaired within a year. On November 18, 2006, construction of One World Trade Center began at the World Trade Center site. The building opened on November 3, 2014. Numerous memorials have been constructed, including the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington County, Virginia, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks
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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 machines 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. 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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INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: Please be aware shipping overseas has been taking up to 90 days to deliver as they clear customs. Items will ship on time, but the time to land is beyond my control. I will not declare an item lost until 90 days has passed from date of shipment.
REFUSED DELIVERY: Items marked as "Refused" by buyers and returned to me will not be refunded or reshipped.
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Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
All items are sold as-is and are made on-demand, so I don't accept exchanges. Requests for return/refund of an item sold in a color other than what is pictured (i.e. listing is silver, and you order it in purple) will be subject to a 25% restocking fee.
I accept returns within 30 days of delivery, all that I ask is that you pay the return postage.
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If an item is damaged in shipping, please take a picture and contact me via conversation. If it can be repaired I'll ask you to ship it back to me and I'll fix it. I buy insurance for items over $50, so if it is damaged I will need the following to make the claim:
1.) Picture of the item
2.) Picture of the packaging
3.) You will need to verify the claim when I send you the link
Note: without the 3 items above I will not send a replacement or issue a refund.
Requests for cancellations made after I have already started working on an item will not be honored.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Do you take bust requests?
A: Absolutely! Due to the volume of requests, we evaluate whether or not the subject will return our substantial investment. More often than not, we'll wait until more than a few folks have requested it signaling there may be a chance to recover our losses. For now, we won't be introducing any new subjects in 2021. Here are the general rules:
1.) I don't do the living (except USA politicians and dignitaries, those are fair game)
2.) Must not be recently deceased (think Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Steve Jobs, etc.)
3.) I don't cover subjects that are "too" controversial (Malcom X, Che Guevara, etc). This is determined on a case-by-case basis
4.) Must at least have a wiki page
5.) No fictional characters created after 1909 (No Darth Vader, Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man, Thor, etc etc)
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 (pre-1909). 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. If it is a work post-1909 I can't help you; I will not copy other artists' copyright-protected original work under any circumstances.
Q: Can you customize the statues or monuments?
A: Unfortunately, not at the price shown. Any change to an existing design will incur a $20 additional fee to account for the changes made and remastering the file for the 3D print.
Q: Do you make custom designs for trailer hitch covers?
A: Not at this time. More often than not the requests are one-offs, and the pricing required to cover all of the hidden costs are often well outside of the required budget. We spread these costs out over selling a model in multiples with the hopes of reaching break-even fairly quickly; some have, others have not.
Q: What are your 3D Prints made of?
A: Every item in my shop is made from Polylactic Acid (PLA), which is a non-toxic organic thermo-polymer made from corn starch or sugarcane and is industrially compostable under very specific and expensive conditions. It will not break down if buried or submerged in water and will last for a very, very long time. 3DPD makes every effort to repurpose and transform waste plastics such as support material and failed prints. One example of this is that our PLA waste is ground up into shards and suspended in the filled and premium bust product lines. Additionally, in-house colors such as black make use of a small percentage of waste plastics to recycle them. Anyone that makes the claim that PLA is “eco-friendly” or “biodegradable” is simply misinformed and has copy/pasted the erroneous marketing materials made available by the manufacturers. 3DPD will aspire to reduce, repurpose, recycle, or upcycle its waste streams and prevent as much material as possible from being sent to the landfill, and a portion of your purchase will be used to fund this ongoing research and development.
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: Which colors are made in the USA?
A: Black, white marble, bronze, gun metal gray, lime green, green, purple, blue, silver and brown. All of the rest of our colors are sourced globally. Our long term goal is to source USA suppliers for all of our colors, and will continue to add USA sourced filaments.
Q: How close are the colors to what I see in the pictures?
A: Filament manufacture isn't an exact science, and some colors are notoriously difficult to make, let alone consistently. Even the largest manufacturers have some color variation from lot to lot, or even spool to spool. We strive to select only those manufacturers that offer a consistent product. The colors that have the most variation are Gray, White Marble, and Silver. If you buy 10 busts in 2019 and buy 10 more in 2020 there is a good chance they will not be an exact match. For that reason, we recommend against building collections over time unless purchased in White, Black, Gun Metal Gray, or Bronze.
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
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.
Q: If I send you a photo, is it going to be used for marketing purposes?
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.
Q: I don't see an item on your site anymore, can I still buy it?
A: If you're an existing customer that is looking to purchase a replacement or a copy, sure. I've grown a lot personally and professionally since I started this site, and my interests have changed for both legal and personal reasons.
I do not collect personal information other than what's legally required for tax purposes. I do not sell customer information under any circumstances. From time to time I may release a new item that is a companion to something you've already purchased from me, and in that case, I may send you an email letting you know it's newly listed on my site.
Aug 6, 2021
Dec 3, 2020
Quick shipping, packaged securely, looks just like the picture. I love it, thanks!
Nov 16, 2020
Apr 20, 2020
These are amazing, beautiful tribute to have. Highly recommend