We cover 3D printing concepts, entrepreneurs, and companies every day that are very inspiring, but this 3D printed product takes likability to a new level in a genius, lighthearted, very socially necessary product.
We all need to know when we are being liked, right? We would all like to know right away — and what the heck, the rest of the world should know too. Rolling onto the scene with a style that’s a little bit retro and a little bit high-tech, Fliike deserves a big social media thumbs up as they gift us with the ability to watch the Facebook likes roll in — raising our self-esteem with each click.
The masterminds at Smiirl, a French startup, have teamed up with Sculpteo to bring Fliike to the world, in the form of a 3D printed counter that literally sits on your counter as well — or your desk, or shop window. It’s the perfect marketing tool for grabbing attention, as well as a sure way to make more ‘friends.’
“While big brands can afford huge advertising campaigns to get more likes, local businesses can’t. The Fliike instantly displays Facebook page metrics, via a flip-board type display. Therefore, it’s totally possible to create entirely new kinds of communication operations,” said Romain, co-founder of Smiirl.
Smiirl’s design department already had 3D printing in mind for the manufacturing of Fliike, and zeroed in on Sculpteo for 3D printing the prototype with their polyamide material, which was a perfect match for the device.
“3D printing those pieces enabled us to test them out, and refine them as best as possible; thus, when we ordered our plastic molding, we were entirely sure about the product we’d get,” said Romain regarding using the material from Sculpteo, as well as their services.
“Sculpteo’s services, and their quick delivery time helped us validate all the details about our product. A startup such as ours can then quickly launch their product. This way, we initiated production in record time.”
While the folks at Facebook are probably clapping their hands together in glee, I imagine many shopowners are getting ready to hit the “order” button for one of these right now. This is not only an informational tool, but it puts exponential marketability into the Facebook venue.
With your digital community clocking in right in your window, your popularity is advertised, and everyone will want to friend you. I know some marketing gurus who will be very excited about this product. If there were a want button, we’d be clicking away. Is this something you’d like to order for your business or home? Do you think this will be a good marketing tool? Tell us about it in the Facebook Fliike forum at 3DPB.com.
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