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DAZ 3D Embraces 3D Printing for Their Popular Figurines

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Founded in 2000, DAZ 3D offers 3D software, content, and print capabilities to create what they call “morph-able, pose-able human models and assets,” and they add that a pair of them in particular “are the most widely used and recognized 3D figures worldwide.”

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Now DAZ 3D say they’ve launched a 3D printed product line of print-ready human figures to go alongside their access to over 15,000 3D assets for printing.

A marketer of 3D software and 3D art content, DAZ 3D says the figurines represent updates to their Genesis 2 human figure platform — and the 3D models are now all “print-ready.”

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For more than 15 years, DAZ 3D has produced and offered 3D content to amateur and professional graphic artists around the world world, and the DAZ Genesis 2 human figure platform is their flagship series of figures.

Two characters, ‘Michael’ and ‘Victoria,’ have been downloaded by millions of people and the company’s 3D art software, DAZ Studio, is offered free on their website. The site also includes access to resources for both beginner and professional character designers.

The new 3D printing services and 3D printable models are an expansion of the company’s effort to offer customers “the latest innovations in 3D art creation, both on-screen and in the form of exciting new 3D printing applications.”

The announcement means DAZ customers can now access more than 15,000 3D products that can be used in DAZ Studio or exported to popular design software packages like Maya or 3D Studio Max, or sent directly to a 3D printer. Updates to the Genesis 2 product platform mean hundreds of Genesis 2 based characters are now offered as “water-tight” and 3D print-ready files, and expanded licensing terms now allow customers to 3D print their purchased models with no additional licensing.

The DAZ 3D printing services are aimed at letting customers create and customize their own figures for order as 3D prints directly from the company. Matt Wilburn, the CEO of DAZ 3D, says the initiative is part of the company’s long-term strategy.

“DAZ has made 3D technology accessible to millions of creative people around the world. Making our content available for 3D printing is a natural extension of that effort,” Wilburn says. “As 3D printing becomes more popular in consumer markets, DAZ 3D will be well-positioned to deliver compelling, high-quality 3D printable content to its customers.”

Wilburn says customers can choose from thousands of 3D people, creatures, buildings, and props and adds that ownership of the images belongs to the customer for use in a variety of applications like book covers, posters, or banners.

Will you take DAZ 3D up on their offer to provide some of the most popular 3D figurine content on the web and print it out? Let us know in the DAZ 3D Embraces 3D Printing forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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