Getting a 3D printed figurine of yourself is nice, but what if you could get your whole family 3D printed directly? California-based company Twindom has been one of the pioneers when it comes to 3D printing figurines, and now the company expands its work by offering a service to 3D scan entire families. The company had to create an entirely new 3D scanner for this project.
Twindom noticed that most of their customers – 85 percent – were interested in getting 3D printed portraits, while only a small 15 percent wanted to get a so-called 3D Selfie. The company built their first 3D scanner in 2013, which became a succes. It was used at malls and public places to 3D scan people. Such a system works as follows: after people get scanned, the scan will be sent to a computer, which decodes the data into a digitalized 3D model. A 3D printer prints out the 3D model and turns it into a figurine.
However, being solely able to 3D scan yourself and not to scan bigger groups of people is an unnecessary limitation, argues the company. Twindom thinks this use of 3D printing has potential to become the first application of additive manufacturing to enter the mainstream. They might be right about this, as 3D printing companies that offer a figurine service are popping up massively in Western and even non-Western countries. Despite it is by far not the most innovative use of the technique, it is a form of 3D printing that is so appealing that anyone could understand the idea.
Because of this belief, the company built a larger 3D scanner, which can scan groups of up to seven people. The scanner is targeted to be used at, inter alia, malls and weddings. It is quite an expensive investment for companies, as its starting price is 60,000 dollars. So what is the price of a 3D print of an entire family? A 7 inch tall full family print costs 175 dollars. However, there are also 3D printing options for just 8 dollars, but then you only get a 3 inch individual model. In addition, there are some pricing options in between.
One more geeky fact about this scanner, then? Despite it is such a large device, it takes only two hours to set up the scanner. So will this scanner change the world? Absolutely not. But will it contribute to the global breakthrough of 3D printing to a mainstream audience? Well, there might be a good chance for it.
Credits images: Twindom.