Sunday, 6 May 2018

pontificia cohors helvetica

We discover via Super Punch that the latest class of soldiers to matriculate into the Pope’s elite (notice that this is now the only acceptable context for that word) army, the Swiss Guard, will be issued as parts of their elaborate uniforms 3D plastic printed helmets rather than the traditional worked metal ones.
Though it strikes me as a bit costume-shop, there’s also surely less impact on the planet in having printed gear—which also burdens the wearer significantly less, though at nearly a thousand euros a piece (but still half the price of engaging a blacksmith) one has to wonder when and how the revolutionary, democratising moment of this technology will arrive.