Date of Issue : 10 March 2015
Here is a new set of stamps from San Marino.The philatelic issue dedicated to the 3D Printing Revolution is made up of three revolutionary stamps of € 0.10-0.80-2.15. Innovation, emerging technologies and internationality are the characteristics of the first philatelic set designed by the American illustrator Andy Rementer. He is the author of “Techno Tuesday”, a comic about the nervous habits and idiosyncrasies of the technologic world. The 3D printer is an advanced technology that produces tridimensional objects, made of plastic or other materials, from a computer 3D model. Rementer designed three virtual scenes that forerun the times with his original and visionary comic strip style. The set represents the production of food (€0.10 value), more complex and elaborate objects (€0.80 value) and a provoking “duplicate” of a human being (€2.15 value). This topic will be object of the intellectual debates.
The Republic of San Marino is, perhaps, not as well-known as its famous boot-shaped neighbor, Italy, but it quietly boasts some pretty impressive statistics — the micronation is the world’s oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic, maintains a level of per capita GDP on par with those of wealthy nations like Denmark, has no national debt, and is the only nation in the world to have more vehicles than people. Among the tiny state’s claims to fame, though, is that about 10% of the national revenue comes from its famous postage stamps, which are sold to collectors (philatelists) around the world.
Stamp collecting as a hobby is still alive and well, despite the bite electronic communications have taken from posted pieces. Stamps are valued for designs honoring individuals, events, and technologies that have impacted a society — and one of the latest sets in San Marino’s postage offerings celebrates the impact that 3D printing is having.
Andy Rementer, the designer of the stamps
Andy Rementer, the designer of the new stamp collection, is a US-based artist who produces innovative commercial, editorial, cartoon, painted, and animated pieces. .
Rementer’s collection comprises three designs, each with a different valuation for posting. Each of the three designs represents a different application of 3D printing technology, honoring “La Rivoluzione della
Stampa 3D,” the 3D Printing Revolution.This collection is the first of its kind for Rementer, whose designs have appeared in magazines, art installations, and comics — and now also grace envelopes and philatelic collections.