WhiteClouds Acquires Sandboxr, Prepping Their 3D Printing Services for the Gaming Industry
Young or old, present or in the past, most of us have a memorable gaming experience that stands out amongst the rest, one that sticks with us in vivid, full color. With the help of 3D printing technology, now, we can both replicate our favorite pastime characters or even create our own tabletop game. But, in order to truly conjure up the spirit of the video game character with 3D printing, multiple colors and details are a necessity, as well as easy access to the 3D models from your top titles. Well, if it’s full-color 3D printed models you’re looking for, the Ogden, Utah-headquartered 3D printing service bureau WhiteClouds has the technology to transform your selected video game character or prop into a 3D printed replica.
Over the last year or so, WhiteClouds has expanded their services with a new 60,000 square-foot facility, has 3D printed an architectural model to help with a murder trial and has branched out into making patient-specific 3D printed medical models. With their one-of-a-kind 3D-as-a-Service (3DaaS) platform, WhiteClouds is able to manufacture high-quality, full-color 3D models and products in a streamlined fashion, and has had a major impact on the architecture, medical, and entertainment industries. Essentially, their proprietary platform provides a turn-key, scalable system to bring personalized and customized full-color 3D printed products to the mass market.
Now, WhiteClouds will solidify their standing in the gaming market, acquiring the customizable 3D printing solutions provider Sandboxr and their Digital to Doorstep platform, which will be integrated into the WhiteClouds 3DaaS platform. This patented platform enables their users to create unique and customizable 3D printing solutions from some of the largest game and entertainment companies around the world, including LionsGate, Nintendo, Microsoft, Amazon, WarGaming, Cartoon Network, Disney Interactive, and others.
“The most unique thing about Sandboxr is the software that they’ve developed. To be able to print those characters with millions of different poses and unique combinations, it’s the software that allows that. I think it’s an extremely important thing they’ve brought to the table,” said Jerry Ropelato, CEO of WhiteClouds. “We’re excited that together we can usher in these new capabilities, being able to print characters, avatars, or even scenery from the game that really duplicate the experience from the game.”
The new acquisition will enable WhiteClouds to manufacture high-quality, full-color 3D models and products directly from the Sandboxr platform, offering their cloud-based 3D printing services with unmatched customization and personalization. Ultimately, the patented configurator software by Sandboxr will help automate the conversion of billions of poses and customizable options, tie directly into WhiteClouds existing software capabilities, promote more creative ventures, provide personalized packaging software, and their post-process finishing technology as well. For Sandboxr’s President, TJ Young, their path towards entertainment and gaming has always been a clear one; since the new age of video games are already stylized into 3D, they decided to develop a software that would simply translate these models for custom 3D printing.
“Nowadays, gaming is super sophisticated and the benefit relating to the 3D printing space is that those 3D gaming models are transferable to 3D printing. A lot of people who got into 3D printing early on were trying to figure out assets, it was all about hiring a bunch of 3D artists, trying to develop assets that the consumer could use,” Young told me. “The reason why gaming translated so well in that space so well is because those assets were already developed. So all we did was find a way to make them 3D printable, to optimize them so they could stand the rigors of 3D printing. You have billions of people worldwide who play games and customized their characters and live their lives vicariously through them. So we figured out a way to take it right out of the game and 3D print them.”
Together, with the versatile full-color printing capabilities of WhiteClouds and customizable automation process featured in Sandboxr’s Digital to Doorstep platform, the two companies will be able to offer gamers personalized 3D prints like they’ve never imagined. Whether you want to custom print your favorite dinosaur from Primal Carnage or strike a 3D printed pose with your go-to Infinity Blade III character and weapon combination, this latest acquisition between WhiteClouds and Sandboxr will allow the gamer to bring their memories off of the screen and into their hand. Discuss further in the WhiteClouds Acquires Sandboxr, 3D Printing Digital to Doorstep Platform forum over at 3DPB.com.[Source: WhiteClouds]
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