This can only be from Japan, but in fact isn’t: Minockio. This is a Thailand company, which produces tiny dolls. The company has recently added a new service, which is the implementation of 3D printed personalized cartoon-ish figurines. The company is currently searching for local as well as regional partners.
It works as follows: just like choosing one’s own character in a video game, a user can dress up its own figurine in the way he or she wants to. Users can choose the clothes and faces themselves, after which they create whatever kind of figurine they would want to. The company then 3D prints the figurines and sends them to the buyer’s address. It will take them about 15 days to 3D print the design and the team launches its service until June 30 for a price of 3700 Baht ($114) per doll. They will eventually cost Thailand customers 4,500 ($140) per figurine.
The team consists of three men, including a graphic designer, a man in finance and a technical artist. Teerapat Mahasukhon is the team’s graphic designer and he stated: “A big reason why we love our Minockio is that we know people will use our products to create happiness. When you receive a Minockio from someone, you know that person really meant to make it for you. It is not a pre-made commodity goods that becomes yours only at the point of sale. Your Minockio is made just for you, right from the start. Your Minockio comes with a meaning, and it’s truly for you.”
“We believe an end-consumer product like ours can greatly help bring 3D printing to a much wider audience,” adds Mahasukhon. “A lot of people still have never heard about this technology, and very few people have touched and held an actual 3D printed item in their hands.”
However, they are not the first ones to come up with a service like this, as a lot of 3D printed figurines have passed the radar recently. The weirdest by far was a 3D printed version of an unborn child by 3D Babies. Their project generally comes down to ordering a 3D printed version of a fetus and getting it delivered in a coffin-ish box. In their words: “imagine meeting your baby before he or she is born”. Well, we’d rather not?
Crayon Creatures, however, did a nicer job with kids, as the company came up with a system to turn children’s drawings into 3D printed figurines. Children’s fantasies come to life, as you can now get them printed instead of pinning them on the fridge door.
Image credits: Minockio.