3D Printing: $550 billion by 2025

McKinsey, a worldwide management consulting firm, predicts that additive manufacturing could have an economic impact of $550 billion annually by 2025. 3D printing has always been seen as a solution to the complicated process of taking a product from design to finished product, but has never fully caught on- until now. The latest round of 3D printing technology is changing this by doing more to shorten the prototyping and manufacturing stages for bringing a product to market.

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Announcing TwinProtect and HD Retouching Now Available for Customers

We are extremely excited to announce the launch of TwinProtect and HD Retouching for all of our customers. Over the last few months we've been conducting a beta program to test the new features among a select group of customers, who use our full body 3D scanners to make 3D portraits. A quick primer on the new features:

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Best 3D Printer for 3D Printed Figurines

When people look at starting a 3D printed figurine business they often wonder why almost all companies use the Projet 660 even though there are other full-color 3D printers on the market. Other full-color 3D printers that people typically come across are the Mcor Iris, Mcor Arke, or the 3D Pandoras. While each of these other printer can produce full-color 3D prints, the Projet 660 is the only printer that can produce high enough resolution 3D printed figurines in a consistent enough fashion that satisfy most end consumers. Here is a quick comparison of how quality and reliability compare with the Projet 660 and the other full-color 3D printers:

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3D Scanning Event Case Study: Comic Cons

One of the most popular types of events for people in the 3D printed figurine industry are comic conventions. If you're trying to decide what your first event should be, comic conventions can be a great place to start because of the large crowds they can draw. Ideally you want to target comic cons that have over +5,000 people and take place of over 1-2 days. In this post we will go over what a sample comic con could look like in terms of number of people 3D scanned and revenue for you as 3D printed figurine business owner.

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3D Scanning Booths at Events: Mitigating Risk

One of the most popular business models for 3D printed figurines is taking a 3D scanner to events. Events can provide many benefits over keeping your scanning business in a fixed location such as a mall or studio. In this post we are going to talk about what makes for a succesful events and how you can avoid situations where the event you attend ends up being unprofitable.

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Announcing: Ultra Mode on the Twinstant Mobile full body 3D scanner

Today we're excited to announce Ultra Mode, a way for all future and current Twinstant customers to get even higher quality full body 3D scans out of their full body 3D scanners. 

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Announcing: HD Retouching for 3D Portraits

Today, we're excited to announce a new HD retouching option for all 3D portraits being fulfilled with Twindom's fulfillment service. The new HD retouching option enables all Twinstant full body 3D scanners to produce 3D printed figurines that are on par with even the most highly calibrated DSLR-based full body 3D scanners. HD retouching includes: 

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Locating a 3D Portrait Business in a Mall: Mitigating Risk

When people put together their business plans for setting up a 3D portrait business they will usually decide to either locate in a studio, setup in a mall, or take their full body 3D scanner to events. In this post we are going to focus on setting up in a mall and what you can do to give yourself the highest chance of success.

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Setting retail prices for 3D printed figurines

One of the most common questions we get from people buying a full body 3D scanner for setting up a 3D printed figurine business is how they should set their retail pricing. If you price too high, people won’t be able to afford your products and if you price too low you may miss out on profits. As Twindom’s customer base has grown we’ve had the unique opportunity to see almost every retail pricing scheme in the industry. Setting retail pricing for 3D printed figurines really comes down to understanding your audience.

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3 things to avoid when caring for your 3D printed figurine

In order to keep a 3D printed figurine looking like brand new it's important to keep it in an environment where it won't be damaged. 3D printed figurines are meant for display purposes only. While it is fine to pass them around at gatherings occasionally, they really should stay on a shelf, your fireplace mantle, or in a glass display case (bell jars work very well). When you're deciding where to display them you will want to avoid:

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