Life simply doesn’t get much better than sitting down at the pottery wheel, whether alone or with some like-minded artisan friends, cranking up the tunes, and throwing pots. The potter is often able to experience the joy of creation, meditation, and camaraderie, all at once, via clay in hand.
Often, though, the hustle and bustle of life interferes, and it’s not possible to get to the studio physically. Or one might find it a nice change and a lot of fun to take a different route – say, while still lying on the couch in those comfy fleece pajamas or while riding the subway home – with an online app. ReallyMake is on a mission to facilitate that around the globe.
Even the most earthy of artists can benefit from progressive technology, and just as the world of 3D design and printing is acting as an incredibly helpful new force for artists in many other areas such as jewelry, sculpture, and far more, it can now open a multi-faceted new world for the pottery enthusiast. With the ReallyMake mobile app, you can get your pottery on from anywhere. It’s true – you don’t even have to get out of bed to make that great new design.
Offering an incredibly easy way for generating ideas as well as having them put into physical form, the ReallyMake app provides a venue for you to “make” pottery, have it 3D printed or made by an artist, and even sold from the community gallery where you are able to store and highlight it. You can also, just like within a real artists’ community, purchase art from other users.
With the idea to create, enjoy, and share art, users are able to employ augmented reality (AR) for viewing their creations and then have them brought into physical form either by the 3D printer or artist in the studio. ReallyMake actually allows for virtual clay spinning, modeling, painting, and stamping services. All you need to start selling your pieces is a smartphone (Android).
“We are taking something from virtual reality, and moving it to the physical world,” states the ReallyMake teame.
Now they are also working to “bundle” their virtual app with select 3D printer manufacturers, printing service bureaus and custom pottery shops.
Some of the leading 3D printer manufacturers currently targeted include:
- bq (Witbox)
- CEL (Robox)
According to ReallyMake, all vendors who bundle their product spec sheet or distribute ReallyMake’s product information via email blasts and newsletters will receive premium placement in the app’s 3D printing manufacturer, 3D service bureau, or craft pottery directory, which will allow users to print to, buy, or export to the selected vendor’s specifications.
“One of the most innovative features of our ReallyMake pottery app is the ability to create your own virtual art gallery, then view your art creation in the real world sitting on the table in front of you,” said Dr. Jay P. Harrison, L.H.D., ReallyMake’s Chief Technology Officer.
“Our mobile app employs a novel 3D technology called ‘augmented reality,’ which can project a full 3D version of the user’s pottery onto any real world surface of their choosing, such as a shelf, table or kitchen countertop. This is the first time this type of capability has ever been available on a mobile device and opens an entire new world of possibilities.”
As a 3D pottery designer, you can look forward to selling your designs and doing so profitably and easily. While you make the profits, ReallyMake handles all the transactions, and the 3D printing service bureaus are motivated as they generate revenue from the printing process and distribution to the customer.
The app, currently available for free download on Android and with iOS coming soon, allows potential buyers to scroll through hundreds of virtual pottery studios and galleries and find a 3D printing service bureau to print out–and ship–the pieces they like. Have you tried out this new app? Let us know your thoughts in the ReallyMake forum on 3DPB.com.
3D printer manufacturers, distributors, resellers and 3D printing service bureaus interested in marketing the ReallyMake App to their customer base or signing up for the app’s business directory so that new customers can find and purchase their products/services should contact Kelsey Whelan at (248) 282-9910.