This 3D printed bust of Alessandro Volta Italian Pioneer of Electricity and Power. This one is printed in a marble and bronze 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 the quote:
"You must be ready to give up even the most attractive ideas when experiment shows them to be wrong."
It stands 7 inches tall, about 3.5 inches wide, 4 inches deep, and weighs about 7 ounces. These aren’t designed to be heavy, if you’re looking for weight please look at my premium line of busts.
If you'd like a 12" version, they can be found at www.facesofhistory.com in the size drop-down menu.
Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Volta was an Italian physicist, chemist, and pioneer of electricity and power who is credited as the inventor of the electric battery and the discoverer of methane. He invented the Voltaic pile in 1799, and reported the results of his experiments in 1800 in a two-part letter to the President of the Royal Society. With this invention Volta proved that electricity could be generated chemically and debunked the prevalent theory that electricity was generated solely by living beings. Volta's invention sparked a great amount of scientific excitement and led others to conduct similar experiments which eventually led to the development of the field of electrochemistry.
Alessandro Volta also drew admiration from Napoleon Bonaparte for his invention, and was invited to the Institute of France to demonstrate his invention to the members of the Institute. Volta enjoyed a certain amount of closeness with the Emperor throughout his life and he was conferred numerous honours by him. Alessandro Volta held the chair of experimental physics at the University of Pavia for nearly 40 years and was widely idolised by his students.
Despite his professional success, Volta tended to be a person inclined towards domestic life and this was more apparent in his later years. At this time he tended to live secluded from public life and more for the sake of his family until his eventual death in 1827 from a series of illnesses which began in 1823. The SI unit of electric potential is named in his honour as the volt.
Read more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alessandro_Volta
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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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I will ship as soon as your item is ready, in most cases within a couple days. If I'm backed up, I will let you know sooner rather than later. As soon as I ship, I'll provide you a tracking number. For the holidays, here's the deadlines from the USPS:
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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.
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REFUSED DELIVERY: Items marked as "Refused" by buyers and returned to me will not be refunded or reshipped.
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
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.
Please buy insurance on returns. Any damage suffered on a return is the buyer's responsibility. Damaged returns will not receive a refund.
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: It depends. Determining whether or not a subject is in the open domain is somewhat complicated. 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, Ansel Adams, etc.). A good
rule of thumb is 70 years, but it varies depending on their state of residence or country or residence.
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.
Dec 7, 2020
Wonderful collectors items. Shipped on time. Very pleased.