The 70th Anniversary - 2023 / The 70th MEMENTO

The 70th MEMENTO

For this special year at Mount Olive a Memento was created by Jean and Joy Patoine to mark the occasion, and to tell future generations about our joy and thankfulness for this opportunity.


On one side is Luther's rose, a widely recognized symbol for Lutheranism. On the other side is the 70th Anniversary logo designed by Pastor Ted Giese. Each one is made on a 3D printer by Jean Patoine, and then hand-painted by volunteers at Mount Olive.


The Mementos are sold in specific Sundays during the year, and the small profit that it generates is put towards our Roof renovation Fund. Continue reading to know more about this special treat.


Memento Overview

Luther’s seal, often known as Luther’s rose, is a widely recognized symbol for Lutheranism. We chose to use the rose as part of the commemoration of Mount Olive Lutheran Church and its platinum anniversary – 70 years in 2023!

Our motivation was to share a small memento to represent Mount Olive Church. We sincerely hope that this memento provides good memories of Mount Olive, the people there, and the faith shared over the years. Thank you for looking and thank you for supporting Mount Olive!


How are the Mementos Made?

The 3D model we’ve used for Luther’s rose was created by Wally Morin and generously shared on Please see Licensing Information below for additional information. The logo for the 70th anniversary found on the opposite side to the rose was designed by Rev. Ted Giese, pastor at Mount Olive.

We used a 3D-modelling open-source project called Blender to prepare both the rose and the logo. A serial number was added below the logo, and the memento was converted to print on a small 3D printer at the home of Joy and Jean Patoine. After printing, each memento has been hand-painted using an acrylic paint by willing individuals at Mount Olive.


What are the Mementos Made Of?

There are a number of different 3D printing materials to choose from. We chose a material called PLA [polylactic acid]. PLA is referred to as a vegetable-based plastic. Cornstarch is usually the main ingredient used in the production of PLA to give it its qualities. PLA is eventually bio-degradable and our understanding is it’s one of the most environmentally friendly 3D printing materials available.


Licensing Information

The 3D model of Luther’s Rose was created and shared by Wally Morin (AKA TheDuckKnight) on It is available for use via a Creative Commons Attribution license, which you can read about at . An outer ring was added to Mr. Morin’s original model to allow for the addition of “Mount Olive Lutheran Church” and “70 Years of Blessings” around the edge of the memento. Although we will likely never meet, we extend our gratitude to Mr. Morin for his help in this project!



by Jean Patoine


In no particular order, these are some details on production:

Printing time: Our printer's bed is large enough to do 4 mementos at a time.
The print time to do 4 copies of the side with Luther's Rose is about 17 hours.
The print time to do 4 copies of the side with the logo is about 12 hours.
A total of a bit over 7 hours on the printer per memento.

The human component is fairly light:
Each side with the logo needs to be "etched" with a number and a print file generated. It takes about 5-10 minutes per memento. Joy and I check throughout the run of the print to make sure there aren't any goofy problems (like the filament snapping for example.) If there are mechanical issues that can be interesting to work out. Examples are the replacement of the print nozzle and the loosening of a spring that supports the gear that pulls the filament along.

The process for fusing the model isn't directly based on chemistry but rather heat. The nozzle heats the filament to 182C. The bed that the model is printed on is kept at a heat of 60C for the duration of the print.

Painting time. Here a lot of work is demanded. The basic process is to paint, scrape away any paint that ended up where it shouldn't be, and retouch. This can be a bit iterative. We can't speak for anyone else, but Joy can easily take a couple of hours on one momento.

Gluing and ribbon tying. Pretty quick, assuming Jean doesn't glue his fingers to his forehead (hasn't happened yet, fortunately.) 5-10 minutes per memento.

So when the smoke clears, that's about 10 hours of "stuff" that has to happen to produce a memento!