Earlier this week, 3-D printing company Artec announced that they would be bringing their innovative new “Shapify” booths to the United States. The company made the announcement at the “Inside 3D Printing” conference in Santa Clara, California.
So what is Shapify? Basically, its a booth that rotates around you taking hundreds of pictures which are then stitched together (by a computer program) to create a full 360° scan of your body. The whole process takes about 12 seconds.
That scan can then be used to 3-D print you an extremely detailed figurine of yourself. Arctec calls the miniatures “Shapies”.
Artec already has two Shapify booths set up in ASDA supermarkets in the UK, and the company is hoping that the booths will catch on at major American retailers like Walmart (who actually owns ASDA).
According to ComputerWorld,
“Artec offers to print the figurines for booth operators (retailers) for $50 for a 6-in. model, $70 for a 7.5-in. model, and $100 for a 9-in. figurine. A $50 shipping fee is charged for a per bulk order and covers delivery within seven days anywhere in the world. Artec is suggesting retailers sell the finished figurines for $99, $139, and $199, respectively.”
Artec isn’t forcing the retailers to use their printing services though. If the booth operator has their own printer or wants to work with a different 3-D printing partner, Artec will provide them with the files to do so. The files are free for operators who have bought or are renting the Shapify booth, and $20 each if the retailer is in a SaaS agreement with Artec.
“The Shapify Booth will be the first experience many people have with 3-D scanning and printing technology,”
said Artec CEO Artyom Yukhin in a recent statement.
“As a kid, you may have gotten into a photo booth with your friends and had a strip of pictures printed out to commemorate the occasion. Our goal is to have this generation do the same thing, but add another dimension and in the end have a 3-D printed figurine to solidify the memory.”
Read the full story from ComputerWorld.