March Model of the Month: Honouring the Late King of Thailand with a 3D Printed Model
Some of you may remember that our Swedish dealer, Carl Schillander of Thaiber 3DP in Sweden, 3D printed a ‘Royal Selfie’ of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden who celebrated his 70th birthday last year. It was indeed a present fit for a King! Well Carl has not stopped there and has continued to explore ‘Royal Selfies’ and his most recent model makes March Model of the Month!
Carl explained to me that since Sweden and Thailand have a long history of friendship ever since their highly loved King Rama V visited Sweden in 1896. And indeed Sweden’s current King, Carl XVI Gustaf and His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand were known for their personal friendship and the Swedish King and Queen often paid private visits to Thailand. So given that last year was a special year for both monarchs; the Swedish King turned 70 and the Thai King was celebrating 70 years as King (the longest reigning monarch in the world), Carl set about marking both milestones with a 3D printed bust of both Kings.
As we reported last May, Carl successfully 3D printed and presented in person King Carl XVI Gustaf ‘Royal Selfie’. However, unfortunately his Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand passed away last October before Carl got a chance to present his gift. But this did not deter Carl who then decided to present the bust as a gift to the Royal House or Government. He reached out to the Thai Ambassador in Sweden and he was very happy to receive this gift. Carl was invited to the Thailand Embassy in Stockholm and a very nice ceremony was carried out in acceptance of the 3D printed bust. Carl also wrote in the condolence book and himself and the ambassador knelt in front of the King’s portrait – this was quite special since the ambassador represents the Kingdom and as such received the gift “officially”.
Not stopping at this Carl decided to offer a bust of the Thai King to the Thai government as an official gift. A date for this trip was arranged and the minister for foreign affairs met Carl in Bangkok and they had a very nice moment where he thanked him officially on behalf of the Thai Government and Thai people for the kind gift of appreciation in honour of the deceased King. Quite an honour!
It turns out that following a discussion about the bust they were very interested in the technology. Especially when it was mentioned that it was made of paper! So it seems that they were more interested in how the bust was made and what it was made of than the occasion itself! As a result, Carl was asked to 3D print a life-size statue of His Majesty in paper – a life size ‘Royal Selfie’!
In both cases the 3D models were really fit for Kings! This model is a great example of Mcor’s colour capability in the 3D printing space. We can now print in 2 million colours and this model displays not only colour but texture too! I think photo-realistic is a good description – almost life like!
So now it is amazing to think that there are at least two monarchs in the world with a paper based 3D printed ‘Royal Selfie’ sitting in their royal palaces thanks to Carl Schillander of Thaiber 3DP in Sweden – Hat Tip to you!