If you live outside the realm of gaming, you may not quite have an understanding of how connecting it is to bring a character, creature, or vehicle from a video game into the physical world. Gamers are deeply in tune with the alternate realities created in the games they play, and having mementoes to mark their progress—with both wins and losses–can be very important. Because of this, 3D printing and the gaming industry have been connected almost from the onset, as the technology hit the mainstream.
Gamers generally like to be on the cutting edge, and 3D printing can do a lot for them, from allowing characters to come to life, to other options like 3D printing trophies for tournaments and more. Rarely will you speak with a gamer who isn’t fairly familiar with 3D printing and very open to it. Now, Eucl3D is appealing to all those gaming enthusiasts out there who are wondering how characters would look in real life, keeping them company on a shelf or within hand’s reach on the desk—and you can bet, there are many indeed who don’t want to quit playing or leave the story they are feeling such a part of, and are wondering how they make it even more real right at this very moment!
Created out of a project by a trio from UC Berkeley, Jesse Manek, Brian Graf, and Brian Bordley, Eucl3D is a San Francisco based company known for its dedication to bringing video games to life—and if you know many gamers, then you are aware that this is a serious business. This group, however, consists of lifelong gamers who were motivated to begin their business when they discovered they could not find good video game collectibles for themselves. And as we often point out, in the 3D printing industry, there are many amazing companies with great products that were born out of personal motivation to begin with, rather than just the goal to make a quick buck.
In a partnership with Frontier Developments, Eucl3D is offering 3D printed spaceships based on designs created for the PC, Mac and Xbox One game, Elite Dangerous. Players around the world are going to be excited to discover that for $29.99 each, they can own their choice of three in-game ships:
- The fearsome Viper
- The colossal Anaconda
- The iconic Cobra
Made in full-color sandstone and then 3D printed on a ProJet 660, the models for this offering—as with all Eucl3D products—are made in the US, and then will be shipped to Elite Dangerous fans around the world within a month of ordering, so they can even more fully enjoy their involvement in the game, which is the critically acclaimed, award winning third sequel to the genre-defining Elite, created in 1984 by David Braben and Ian Bell.
“In an age of galactic superpowers and interstellar war, every player’s story influences the connected gaming experience and evolving narrative,” states the Eucl3D website. “Governments fall, battles are lost and won, and humanity’s frontier is reshaped, all by players’ actions.”
Every bit of support and momentum helps when you’re in the middle of a gaming saga, and having your own 3D printed spaceships to push you along certainly helps with getting into the fighting mood when you must survive and live on to shape the entire frontier of humanity in a futuristic galaxy. And though governments may fall, battles may be lost, and gaming experiences may vary on a daily basis, enthusiasts can enjoy their 3D printed spaceships forever, offering an ongoing connection and memory to an epic game and battle. Are you fan of this game? Discuss in the 3D Printed Spaceships forum over at 3DPB.com.