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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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Mydesign
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Mydesign   8/23/2013 6:22:28 AM
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Cabe, recently I had read about 4D printing. It seems that technology is going beyond imagination at avery high speed. As of now 3D is not so common and using only for very limited high end application printing

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apresher   8/23/2013 6:49:02 AM
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Obviously this does have all kinds of potential. At the 6-inch size, it would be interesting to see the level of detail for the money.

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Re: High price, small customer base
JRThro   8/23/2013 9:01:01 AM
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TJ, take a look at this app that's available from Autodesk. It produces a 3D object file from multiple photos, and is free. Of course, having the object 3D printed costs something.

http://www.123dapp.com/catch

 

Rob Spiegel
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Re: High price, small customer base
Rob Spiegel   8/23/2013 9:28:28 AM
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Yes, Chuck, and it could be you standing there. For the price of a cheap used car, you could have a statue of yourself standing on your desk as you work all day.

J. Williams
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J. Williams   8/23/2013 9:47:40 AM
What's wrong with a photograph?  It all seems somehow narcissistic.

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Rob Spiegel   8/23/2013 10:23:12 AM
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That's right MrDon. It seems logical to make these avatars out of durable materials, especially since there seems to be a wide choice of materials for 3D printing. Maybe I'm missing something.

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Rob Spiegel   8/23/2013 10:27:31 AM
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Oh yes, J. Williams, it's narcissistic all right -- a little mini-me for the desk. You'd have to have a pretty positive self image. If I had an image of myself close by, it would just seem creepy.

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I think I will name it Mini Me
BrainiacV   8/23/2013 10:27:45 AM
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My clone army will bankrupt me.

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woodla   8/23/2013 10:28:09 AM
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I'm impressed with the color accuracy.  They must be hand painted.

I don't think this technology can print so many different color details.

Any other ideas?

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Re: High price, small customer base
GTOlover   8/23/2013 10:29:30 AM
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Now if they had a life size statue of me at my desk (with perhaps a small movement once in a while), I wonder how long before someone stops in my cubicle and notices?

Another market is wives who want their husbands to place statues of themselves on their desk. Sort of a "stake their ground" approach ;-)

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