3D Printing Figurines

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Sound software programmer, illustration and 3d artist, and games developer. Alumnus Digital Arts and Entertainment. Student Industrial Design.
Belgium · Self Employed Student · http://www.kaetemi.be/

Here's something I'm experimenting with a bit at the moment. Most of you probably already know about that fancy 3d printing tech that's getting more and more popular these days. So, I decided to do a bit of 3d modeling work and make my own figurine, yay!

While 3d printing is generally somewhat expensive (3d printing is also referred to as rapid prototyping, fyi), it turns out that it's actually quite affordable, with prices going near those of commercial figurines (depending on your 3d print supplier, of course).
Of course, for mass production this would be much more expensive than the traditional production methods, and it's probably not very profitable, but the plus side is that no matter how much detail you put in your figurine, the production cost per unit remains exactly the same.

Now, this figurine I printed in simple white, but since color printing is already available, my next 3d printed figurine will obviously be printed in color (with just as much detail in the color as I like). :)
This was printed at Shapeways, by the way (http://www.shapeways.com/model/164604/figurine__hana___17cm_.html). Very nice people. ;)

Cross-posted from my website at http://www.kaetemi.be/wp/2010/10/25/hana-figurine-3d-print/.

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Sound software programmer, illustration and 3d artist, and games developer. Alumnus Digital Arts and Entertainment. Student Industrial Design.
Belgium · Self Employed Student · http://www.kaetemi.be/