Overmatter: Eccles cake decoration

By Jo Francis, Monday 14 July 2014

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Overmatter might have known that when it came to his recent nuptials, PrintWeek contributor Simon Eccles would have something special and print-related up his sleeve.

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As it happens, his sleeve – and the rest of Simon and bride-to-be Rosalind – were printed for the occasion. In 3D of course, for the top of the wedding cake. 

In a quite possibly trendsetting move, the loved-up pair headed to iMakr in London a few weeks back, where they entered a special booth to be scanned. This involved some obvious complications due to the groom not being allowed to see the bride’s get-up before the big day. 

Being an ingenious type, this problem was solved, as Simon explains: “Ros insisted that I couldn’t see her dress until the actual wedding day, so that was also my first glimpse of the final figures. This meant that we had to be scanned separately, with our hands outstretched so the iMakr guys could join them in software, which they did very well.”

He is also fulsome in his praise for the expert advice and assistance of John Robertson at LGS, which owns the 3D printer used. As it happens, PrintWeek can also claim some of the credit here, because Simon came up with the ground-breaking idea while researching a feature on 3D printing for us earlier this year. 

The happy couple, and their wedding guests, were suitably impressed with the end result, but with one minor gripe: “My hair is grey,” Simon says, “but not that grey!”

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