There are so many different applications for 3D printing, but one such application which seems to have become a trend over the last year or so, has been the process of allowing individuals to 3D print miniature versions of themselves, their friends, or loved ones.
There have been numerous companies popping up all over the globe, focusing on interactive ways in which people can customize 3D printed figurines. We have seen 3D printed super heroes include a customers face, 3D printed figurines of the popular band, Linkin Park, and even Amazon.com has begun selling customizable 3D printed bobbleheads via MixeeLabs. The trend certainly isn’t fading, and in fact has just progressed to an entirely new level.
Global 3D printing ecosystem, Prinvix, a Miami based company, has just launched its latest business, PetitMe. PetitMe follows other companies in allowing customers to place their head onto a 3D printed figurine of their choice. The new company, however, takes the process a step further.
PetitMe offers a wide assortment of 62 different 3D printable bodies. These range anywhere from brides, to graduates, to athletes, to rock stars, to even burlesque performers and pets. If something isn’t available that suits your needs, you can suggest your own idea to the company. That’s not all though. Once one of the 62 different figures are chosen, users have a vast array of selections they can make in choosing just how that figurine will be dressed.
For instance, if a user wants to add their face to a golfer’s body, they can select the ‘Golf’ option. At this point, they are asked to select the color of the golfer’s sweater, shirt, pants, visor, and shoes. Next, they can decide to keep the skin, hair and eye color the same as depicted in the headshots which they’ve uploaded, or override them to ensure accurate pigmentation. Finally, two lines of custom text may be added to the base, and a logo may be uploaded for the bottom of the base, for small additional fees.
“Buying a figurine should be a fun experience”, says Victor Mendes, CEO of Prinvix. “We have put a lot of effort into allowing customers to dress their figurines the way they want”.
The user interface of the website is extremely easy to manage, and the number of customization options present an unlimited creative element to the entire process. The company looks to target two key markets in particular, the wedding and the graduation markets. However, these figurines would make awesome gifts for any occasion.
The figurines themselves are currently being manufactured in Miami, Florida, but the company has plans to expand its network to local print shops around the world. They are also said to be working directly with wedding planners, and photographers on an affiliate basis.
There are several size options available. The smallest of the customizable 3D printed figurines will run you $34 plus any extra options which are added, while the largest of them will start at $288. More details can be found at the company’s website. Let us know your thoughts on these incredibly unique pieces in the PetitMe forum thread on 3DPB.com.
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