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8/22/2013

TwinKinds lifelike 3D-printed statues carry a high price tag and are as fragile as sand.   (Source: TwinKinds)
TwinKinds lifelike 3D-printed statues carry a high price tag and are as fragile as sand.
(Source: TwinKinds)

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Rob Spiegel
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High price, small customer base
Rob Spiegel   8/22/2013 10:18:00 AM
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Cabe, I can't imagine what kind of customer base they have at these prices. You would think someone could take the basic technology and use a different material that is less fragile. Seems like the cost should be able to come down in time.,

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Be your own meme
NadineJ   8/22/2013 10:31:44 AM
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This is fun.  It seems more complicated than the technology used to create the Sad Keanu figure a few years ago.  A picture of Keanu Reeves sitting on a park bench became a meme in 2010. Shapeways.com offers all sorts of fun 3D printed items but not custom, as far as I remember.

It's pricey but a good gift idea to turn a favourite facebook post into a 3D memory. 

sad keanu

Greg M. Jung
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Greg M. Jung   8/22/2013 2:50:33 PM
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I agree with you Rob.  I think this is now a novelty for people with a lot of extra cash to spend.  (However, as the prices go down, who knows what markets will be created from this new idea).

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   8/22/2013 3:58:16 PM
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If nothing else, I can see this technology moving to the virtual world where you can insert your likeness into SIMS. If it's not too expensive, there would be a real market.

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TJ McDermott   8/22/2013 5:24:13 PM
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Rob, I bet there'd be a larger customer base (even at this price) if the 3D scanner was not needed.

If the company can offer such a product generated from several photographs (to synthesize a 3D model), I bet there would be a rather large gift market.

Snapping a couple of pictures (while subtly panning to get stereo effect) of a friend is innocuous behavior.  Email them, and get back something like that?

When we were tykes, customized, personalized story books were available.  I'm sure they were considered expensive, but there was always a market.

 

TJ McDermott
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TJ McDermott   8/22/2013 5:27:24 PM
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Greg, I see a BOOMING voodoo doll market when the price drops a bit.

I had to get that out of my system.

 

I'm of two minds - sure, this is a bit silly and extravagant.  And yet, I could see giving one as a gift (maybe as a somewhat elaborate gag).  Or as a doll set of a family (assuming they can be fabricated of more robust material).  There're possiblities to be sure.

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Rob Spiegel   8/22/2013 5:34:23 PM
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Yes, those storybooks were expensive, TJ, but they were still affordable for most of those who would be interested is that type of gift. I like your idea of creating a gift market sans the 3D printewr.

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Charles Murray   8/22/2013 9:12:07 PM
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Yikes, the "woman" in the photo is a statue? I wouldna believed it.

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mrdon   8/22/2013 10:21:06 PM
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Rob,

You took the words right out of my mouth. For such a expensive item, it should be made out of a durable material that can withstand normal environmental conditions.

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a.saji   8/23/2013 5:31:51 AM
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@mrdon: Yes true but this kind of an application does require high end material. So if we are to get the maximum out of it, then surely we do have to accommodate high-end material for it.        

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