Additive Manufacturing: Make Cremation Urns More Custom

By Susan Fraser -December 31,2014


Tradition is important to many people. Yet, progress also has the potential to change the world. When people come to In The Light Urns to purchase urns, keepsakes, cremation jewelry and funeral products, they may not expect the variety they receive. And, the company’s new adoption of additive manufacturing will expand customers’ ability to make a truly custom choice in cremation urns. This technological development decreases waste, reduces energy use, and provides customers with choices they never had before. In The Light Urns is proud to be the first in its industry to take on additive manufacturing, with the expectation that more custom cremation urn selections will improve customer satisfaction.

What is Additive Manufacturing? Nursery Block Pewter Urn

Additive manufacturing, also known as “3-D printing,” uses a printer to construct a three-dimensional object. People who can imagine a printer using a digital image to create a two-dimensional printout will understand the basic concept. But, instead of using ink to attach the image to paper, these special printers add very thin layers of a variety of potential materials. The end result is a very sturdy product. And, additive manufacturing has been applied to a large number of industries, from construction to medicine.

Additive Manufacturing Benefits

In order to understand why additive manufacturing is taking the world by storm, one must recognize the alternative. Until recent decades, subtractive manufacturing has been the standard in manufacturing. Subtractive manufacturing takes an existing piece of material and cuts away the excess to leave the desired shape and size. While subtractive manufacturing certainly has its uses, it also creates a significant amount of waste that is not always possible to reuse or recycle. Additive manufacturing, used primarily in plastics, leaves virtually no waste. And, to build something up instead of cutting it down uses less energy. This is why the U.S. Department of Energy believes that those industries that invest into additive manufacturing may see their energy use drop by as much as 50 percent.

Additive manufacturing also allows more companies to produce items in-house. Currently, to keep costs down for customers, many businesses are forced to outsource their materials purchasing to other countries. The simplicity of additive manufacturing makes it more efficient to construct the items locally, improving local economies and decreasing dependence on foreign trade.

Uses in Urn Manufacturing

As additive manufacturing makes it a cinch for people to create the perfectly custom product, more industries are taking notice. In particular, the creation of cremation urns for ashes could be revolutionized by this innovation. When people start to go through the process of preparing for a loved one’s cremation and memorial, they wish to find an urn that will exemplify the loved one perfectly.


Additive manufacturing makes this easier to achieve than ever before. Families may be delighted by the ability to select and purchase an urn in the shape of a bust of the person who died. From a digital image, a 3-D printer can create a bust made from selected materials. Then, there would be a base underneath that contains the actual cremated remains. As a result, people get a 100 percent custom product that becomes a lovely keepsake for decades to come.

Future Uses

Additive manufacturing as a technological development has the potential to overhaul the way that people look at choosing and purchasing an urn. While customers are always free to make more traditional selections in cremation urns, there is often a push to find the perfect urn, the one that meets the customers’ needs ideally. And, additive manufacturing is the future of that goal. Products may be created with minimal waste and limited energy usage. Then, this new line of bust urns could be plated with bronze or other beautiful materials OR can be sent straight 3D Printer.

From there, the sky is the limit. In The Light Urns is the first in the industry to try this innovation. And, this development can only benefit the industry as a whole. If the ultimate ambition of cremation urn manufacturers is to design urns that make customers feel as though it was created just for them, additive manufacturing adds progress toward that destination. With more custom choices, families feel freer to make a selection that really works for them.

Additive manufacturing has become a wonderful new source of production for the industry creating cremation urns. In The Light Urns stands at the forefront of progress, one that eliminates excess and returns production from overseas to the local economy. As a result, customers get more engaging and appropriate urns in which to store their loved one’s ashes. Planning a loved one’s memorial is difficult enough. These new developments make the process more individual.


Sun, 01/31/2016 - 01:35

What makes 3D printing better choice for now is because it’s an energy-efficient technology that can offer environmental efficiencies. Complex product can be made with ease, and it comes with better materials and cheaper cost production too.

Sat, 09/05/2015 - 09:39

3-D printing is very nice to me.I like it for creating digital image.It's very effective for
manufacturing company.Thank's for share this....

Rick Fraser
Mon, 04/27/2015 - 18:22

Hello Karen,

It sounds like an item of cremation jewelry or a small keepsake might suit your needs. Check these out,

If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to call us at 1-800-757-3488 and one of our representatives will be happy to assist you.

Fri, 01/15/2016 - 04:34

Wow! This excites me. Especially with its energy efficiency and the ability to make custom products with better quality. For urn manufacturing, this is a great solution, especially for making personalized, not just beautiful, cremation urns.

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 18:52

Am interested in a certain small object that 1/4 teaspoon of my ashes ( prior shell) can be inserted into and friends/family can take with them as a remembrance or scatter in a special place.

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