How 3D models are stored before they become 3D printed figurines

 

In this post we are going to learn about the different components of a 3D model before it becomes a 3D printed figurine. To start off, here is an overview on how the data flows from the time a capture is taken on a full body 3D scanner to the time the 3D model is printed out on a full color 3D printer:

  1. Person stands inside full body 3D scanner and has their picture taken (<1 second)
  2. Photo data is processed into a Preview Model for customer to view onsite (5-10 minutes)
  3. Preview Model is processed into a...
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The 8 steps for turning raw 3D scans into 3D printed figurines

In this post we are going to give an overview on what needs to happen to a raw 3D scan before it becomes a full color 3D printed figurine.

One of the most overlooked items when people set up their 3D figurine business is how much time and effort it takes to turn a raw 3D scan into a product their end customer is happy with.  All of the steps outlined in this article are automatically done for you if you are using Twindom's fulfillment services and worldwide network of 3D print partners. If you are not using...

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How much would it cost to run a 3D figurine business without Twindom?

When people are evaluating full body 3D scanners for starting 3D figurine businesses they often overlook the time cost for setting up their full body 3D scanner, managing 3D scan files and keeping track of which scans belong to which customers. Below is a table comparing the upfront, monthly and time costs for operating a 3D printed figurine business: 

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3 Marketing Ideas for your 3D Selfie Business

Like any business, a 3D selfie business can be hard to get off the ground without the proper marketing. Using traditional marketing tactics such as billboards or radio ads can prove especially costly for a new business. At Twindom we've had the privelege of seeing what's worked well and not so well for all of our Twinstant partners. Here are the top 3:

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Overview: Hybrid Full Body 3D Scanners

Hybrid 3D scanning systems work by combining photogrammetry and structured light methods. This is the technology that Twindom uses on it's full body 3D scanners used to make 3D portraits.

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Overview: DSLR Photogrammetry 3D Full Body Scanners

A DSLR full body 3D scanner relies on photogrammetry to create a 3D scan. Photogrammetry works by finding shared features between multiple photographs to calculate depth. It is predominantly used in the visual effects industry.

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Overview: Turntable-based 3D Body Scanners

Turntable-based 3D body scanners rely on the same technology as handheld 3D scanners (structured light), however they typically use less expensive hardware such as a Microsoft Kinect, Primesense, Asus Xtion, or Intel Realsense sensor to calculate depth.

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Overview: Handheld 3D Scanners

Handheld 3D scanners used in 3D photography typically rely on structured light to calculate the geometry of the subject being 3D scanned. They were designed for and have numerous applications in engineering.

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4 Ways to Get High Quality 3D Portraits from your Full Body 3D Scanner

Naturally, everyone wants 3D figurines with the best possible quality from their 3D scanner.  There are dozens of factors that can influence the quality on the final 3D printed figurine, however here are 4 that we have found make the biggest difference when it comes to customer satisfaction on the final 3D portrait:

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Tips for Running a Successful 3D Printing Figurine Business

Starting a 3D figurine business can be really difficult especially when most customers have never heard of the conecpt. You will want to make sure you have a full body 3D scanner that produces good quality 3D portraits, have a reliable way to handle 3D printing fulfillement of the 3D figurines and a well thoughout business strategey. You can find more information about the first two in other sections of this blog. After surveying many different 3D portrait businesses, here is what they ranked as most important...

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