Life-size bobbleheads receive international attention
The 3-D-printed, life-size Donald Trump bobblehead commissioned by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber has received lots of attention since the project was announced last month.
Representatives from the chamber and bobblehead designer Freshmade 3D, a Youngstown Business Incubator portfolio company, met with a crew from the Danish Broadcasting Corp. for a documentary that will air Sept. 11 to a viewership of 800,000.
They also met with Yoko Noge Dean, named one of the 100 most-influential Japanese people in the world by Newsweek Japan, and Toyoki Nakanishi of the Nikkei Asian Review, which has a circulation of 3 million in Asia.
The chamber has used the project to promote the Youngstown-Warren area as a hub of advanced manufacturing research and business in the center of the nation’s TechBelt, which stretches from Cleveland to Pittsburgh.
The life-sized bobblehead of Trump will be at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this month. The 250-to-300-pound Trump will be transported by Aim National Lease trucking company.
From July 17-21, the Trump bobblehead will be on display in a parking lot outside of the Quicken Loans Arena, where the convention takes place.
A life-size bobblehead of Hillary Clinton also will be printed. Both Trump and Clinton bobbleheads will be on display at the presidential candidate debate in Dayton this September.
The bobbleheads are designed and produced by Freshmade 3D, with assistance from Youngstown State University and Humtown Products in Columbiana. They are created by applying multiple 3-D-printing techniques using sand, metal and plastic.
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee, founded by Brad Novak and Phil Sklar, also has contacted the chamber after hearing about the presidential bobbleheads and offered to help promote them.