Get Minted was a test to see whether a personalised replica of a Roman coin could be created using 3D printing technology. The aim was to help raise money for the conservation of the Seaton Down Hoard in Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum. Although the test showed that creating personalised replicas as an incentive for donation wasn’t feasible Mark did succeed in developing a method for doing it and producing a realistic result.
Mark used Photoshop to create a 3D model of a face in relief, and Blender to create the replica coin template to place it on. Mark created his own coin as an early test, and after printing it in plastic found a vendor through Shapeways who was able to print it in metal.
The final test coin, produced for an early donor, was printed locally using a plastic filament that contained brass – giving it a metallic quality when polished.