Latest trend in 3D printing enables anyone to get miniature models of themselves
Eindhoven, 28 September 2015 - Shapeways announced today that it is enabling everyone in the Netherlands to get a 3D Selfie! The worldâs largest 3D printing service and marketplace has partnered with nine shops throughout the Netherlands to 3D print Selfies of people that get scanned.
Everyone loves taking selfies, and with technology evolving everyday, it's now possible to get one that you can hold in your hands. Shapeways has developed these partnerships to make 3D scanning and 3D printing accessible and affordable for everyone.
The partnerships mark the first phase of a program that Shapeways is launching in the 3D scanning sector. Supporting scanning at multiple locations, large and small, gives consumers more options to get their scans done and opens up the world of 3D printing to even more people. The Netherlands have the premiere, but will be expanding rapidly to more geographies.
"During the test phase of the 3D scanning service we received very positive responses from our customers," explains Sander Smit, owner of 3D printer shop MakerPoint. "3D technology changes the world and many customers find this technology very interesting. Thatâs why we expect this new service to be a great success."
Anyone wanting to get scanned simply has to visit one of the locations and stand still for about 60 seconds. It is even possible to scan multiple people at once for fun family portraits. Or, imagine being able to get scanned with your fiancÃ©, and get a 3D printed wedding cake topper that looks just like you!
After the scan is complete, a digital file is automatically uploaded to Shapeways via an app on an iPad. The customer then receives a link to purchase a 3D Selfie on Shapeways.com, where they can select to have it printed in a variety of sizes or more than 50 materials including Full Color Sandstone and Metals like steel, bronze, silver or even gold!
To learn more, visit https://www.shapeways.com/discover/3d-printed-selfies. To get scanned visit one of the following locations:
The Future of 3D ScanningPreviously large cabins containing multiple scanners were necessary to create a 3D scan of a human body. Now all it takes is an iPad with a small 3D scanner attached to it, which enables anyone to transport the scanner anywhere. A savvy entrepreneur could easily take the tools to events like wedding and family reunions and start a business by scanning people!
"Dutch people love technology and the latest gadgets," says Pieter Limburg, head of business development and sales from Shapeways. "Therefore, the Netherlands is a great market to introduce our new service. In the future we want to offer our 3D selfie service in many more countries. We will continue to develop new technologies and services to offer our customers more and more possibilities with 3D printing. The new scanning service is an important step in this direction."
To learn more about how to start a business with 3D scanning, supported by Shapeways, visit https://www.shapeways.com/getting-started/3d-scanning.
Shapeways is the worldâs leading 3D printing service and marketplace for consumers, empowering designers to bring amazing products to life. By giving anyone the ability to quickly and affordably turn ideas from digital designs into real products, Shapeways is fundamentally changing how products are made and by whom. Headquartered in Manhattan, Shapeways also has factories and offices in Eindhoven, Long Island City and Seattle.
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