Recently, looking through my grandmother’s old photo albums, with curling pictures from the ’40s and ’50s displaying happy faces that could not possibly have imagined the emergence and impact of 3D printing today, I reflected on just the past decade when our generation could never have imagined photography labs and retail outlets closing their doors.
Recently, I was having a discussion with someone who mentioned they have a relative who works in a photo lab at a large retail chain. I was shocked that they even still exist, and am curious as to what keeps them in business besides helping those still clinging to film cameras and having passports pictures made. Remember years back sitting on a plane and it used to be that someone would pull out their wallet instead of their phone to show you creased, worn pictures of their kids? Well, soon it may be that they aren’t showing you images, but are putting a 3D printed figure in your hand instead.
It’s easy to see where the market is going to advance and thrive, replacing what used to be relegated to the world of memories through photos. With the advent of 3D scanning merging with mobile apps, what was a hurdle to 3D printing is now something becoming easier for everyone — and it seems as if it happened in the blink of an eye.
Scandy wants to see 3D scanning and custom ordering of 3D prints become just as popular and easy as ordering photographs was. This can only happen if we have technology literally at our fingertips, offering complete simplicity and a comfort level that invites everyone to try it out.
“Scandy is bringing something new to the general public that will greatly impact many industries over the next few years,” said Frances Guevara, customer and fashion designer at Scandy’s parent company, EntreScan. “With rapidly advancing technology, 3D scanning and printing has become integral in the evolution of the fashion industry, and allows more flexibility and creativity for designers. It’s easy for me to see that the practical applications of 3D printing will be limitless in the near future.”
Scandy is taking care of the comfort level of the masses when it comes to ease in personalized 3D printing services. While the lack of an expensive 3D scanner used to be a great impediment for many in 3D printing, as well digital design acumen, Scandy is letting the public know they need not worry, as they all but turn the 3D printing world into a scan-and-click technique for those interested in preserving their images with 3D models quickly and affordably. Neither you nor your grandmother have to put forth more time or effort than it takes to hold up a scanner and capture an image — and all for about $20.
“We’re excited to be on the forefront of the 3D revolution and make 3D prints readily available to anyone,” said Cole Wiley, co-founder of Scandy. “Scandy’s solution removes the need for 3D modeling software or experience, and puts custom 3D prints in the hands of everyone, from artists and photographers to teachers and parents.”
Not only that, Scandy has the social media edge figured out for you as well, as they have their own “social network repository” where you can share images, others can like them, and they can even 3D print them as well.
Founded by Cole Wiley and Charles Carriere, the new company, headquartered in famed New Orleans, has had a long-term interest in 3D printing as well as 3D modeling. Scandy is a division of EntreScan, a comprehensive 3D printing service based in southern Louisiana, and was just announced to the public at the New Orleans Mini Maker Faire several days ago.
“We are committed to making 3D printing something that anyone can do, and Scandy’s solution will, for the first time, allow this,” said Trey Richoux, chief operating officer of EntreScan. “We are looking forward to witnessing the many ways customers will utilize this technology, whether that means printing a 3D model of their son’s winning T-ball team, a bride in her wedding dress or a newborn grasping mom’s finger.”
With Wiley and Carriere’s experience with 3D technology and software engineering and 3D design, respectively, they are able to offer the public a streamlined, easy way to get 3D prints without having to navigate any sort of learning curve. After the customer scans an image, all they have to do is upload it to Scandy as a .ply, .obj, or .stl file, where “magical robots” clean up the scan and produce a 3D print that can be delivered right to their door.
Most of us have the ‘equipment’ we need to do this, whether that be in the form of a smartphone, tablet, or a handheld scanner. Scandy certainly seems to be riding the the wave of the future where photo labs left off, and we look forward to reporting on their progress as they continue on their new journey.
Do you see these types of 3D printing services replacing the photo lab of years gone by? Is Scandy’s service something you are interested in trying? Tell us your thoughts in the Scandy 3D Printing Service forum thread over at 3DPB.com.