Full color 3D printing is a much more involved process than printing out photos on a 2D photo printer. Reliability for full color 3D printers is between 65% and 75% and there is a significant learning curve if you're new to the industry. For most 3D figurine companies it usually doesn't make sense to do your own full color 3D printing unless it isn't physically possible to have 3D printed figurines shipped to you. If you're a Twindom customer, you automatically get access to Twindom's worldwide network of full color 3D print partners that ship worldwide. The main reason for this is because of the time investment it takes to be able to print reliably on a Projet 660 (the full color 3D printer of choice for 3D printed figurines). That said it's still important you understand how the process works in case you decide it ever does make sense to do your own full color 3D printing. Here are the major steps:
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.
*Note: Scroll to the end of the article for an update on the current 3D printing technologies being used for 3D printed figurines.
Here is a quick compairson of how quality and reliability compare with the Projet 660 and the other full color 3D printers:
The 3D figurine market has grown rapidly over the last year and is expected to continue as full body 3D scanners become more portable, 3D printed figurines become cheaper and end consumers become more familiar with the technology. There has never been a better time to start a 3D figurine business with the 3D technology finally starting to catch on. In this post we are going to go over the 3 major parts of every 3D printed figurine business (Note: people in industry will use 3D printed figurine, 3D portrait, and 3D selfie interchangeably). The 3 parts are the:
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.
*Note: Scroll to the end of the article for an update on the current state of DSLR photogrammety full body 3D scanners. Access full 3D scanning technology comparison here.
Berkeley, CA, Thursday, March 29th, 2018- Today Twindom, brand licensee of Kodak, announced that the KODAK Full Body 3D Scanner is now available to start shipping to customers in the U.S. and Canada. The new KODAK 3D scanner will have a base price of $29,995 plus a monthly cloud subscription.
When our founders first started building full body 3D scanners, it was certainly with 3D portraiture in mind. But thanks to the hundreds of emails and phone conversations with passionate members of the 3D printing community at large, we’ve discovered several unconventional use cases for the Twindom platform that we are excited to explore and develop further. Find a roundup of our top three unconventional full body 3D scanning use cases below:
As evidenced by the Google Arts and Culture portrait app that recently went viral, the practice of portraiture will always be alive and kicking for as long as human beings remain sentient on this planet. As the social media boom of the past two decades transformed how we present ourselves both online and off, the desire to remain in control of our own narratives through digital storytelling remains one of the most pervasive and impenetrable social forces at work in today’s world.