Ideaz3D, headquartered in Mexico, is firing on all cylinders with ideas and development for their new app, Ancestro3D. They are working to offer a unique service that’s relevant in numerous ways if you are interested in 3D printing, love jewelry, and enjoy exploring the heritage of the ancient cultures.
With a nod to the heritage and culture of Mexico, employing ancestral styles and designs that have been handed down through the ages, Ideaz3D created this fun app after their 3D printing storefront in Hermosillo (the capital of Sonora), took off like wildfire.
The free app will be both desktop and mobile-based, and while Ideaz3D has been able to fund a large portion of the development and design effort, they have paid for 50% of what’s required financially, and are looking for potential financial backers to help raise another $12,500 before they can release the jewelry app.
Their beginning focus for the 3D jewelry app is on the civilizations of the Aztecs, Mayans and Yaquis, with plans to add more cultures, designs, and styles soon. The app is easily navigated, with several simple steps where the user chooses the type of jewelry, and size. A mix and match option is available while accessorizing the foundation of the piece chosen.
“The app will be launched with elements of three cultures (aztecs, mayans and yaquis), and in the near future we will add new artifacts of ancient civilizations and cultures, both real and fictional, such as egyptians, chinese, japanese, romans, greeks, vikings, incas, atlanteans, babylonians, etc,” Cesar Rodriguez of Ideaz3D told 3DPrint.com.
The retro cuff bracelet, central to the app, has been all the rage with accessory buffs lately. It’s the perfect item to match with the mysterious, ancient look of the Aztecs, which is timeless. Ancestro3D also offers a coordinating ring and necklace pendant which can be customized, offering a great opportunity to combine art and fashion.
Working from a unique ‘three-lane carousel,’ users select a civilization style, and then are able to choose from the ring, bracelet, or necklace options. Continuing, they are able to choose the customizations that match each civilization, drawings or charms for the particular ancestries, and last, they are able to choose alphabet and font. An .stl file is created for the user and they can then choose whether to send the file out for 3D printing or they can download and 3D print it at home.
Ideaz3D, opened in 2012, was the first 3D printing retail store opened in the border city—an economic center of the state–with a population of nearly one million people. Their economy is fueled by the aerospace and automotive industries. With a large number of people to draw from, introducing the progressive and fun technology led to rapid growth, as Ideaz3D went from a home-based business to a retail store boasting six 3D printers, located in a thriving business center. They offer 3D scanning services—and even have a 3D printing booth on the premises.
They also offer:
- Technical support
- Resin-based printing
- Sales and distribution of MakerBot 3D printers and filament
To match up with the success of their physical business and keep the 3D printing momentum going, Ideaz3D hopes to make the Ancestro3D app available soon, and it may also be featured as a MakerBot ready app so that customers using MakerBot Replicator 3D printers can print their Ancestro3D products seamlessly from directly within the software.
“We started a conversation with MakerBot, through their Developer Program, for Ancestry3d to be considered as a MakerBot ready app,” Rodriguez told us. “This will allow our App to interact with the MakerBot Desktop Software giving users the option to prepare their final object for printing in their Replicators without having to open another software. MakerBot API allows developers to choose these parameters within the app and get the gcode file (.x3g or .makerbot) ready to be sent to the 3d printer via wi-fi, usb or sd card.”
What do you think of the unique service and choices offered with this new app? Tell us your thoughts in the Ancestro3D forum thread over at 3DPB.com.