While many still eschew even the latest smartphones and are wary of this selfie-driven society, likening modern image-loving populations to mass Narcissus cults, the truth is that from cave drawings to the earliest photographic images, we love to preserve ourselves for posterity–and often we just like to share, saying “hey, here I am right now.”
In a savvy world embracing all the latest tech–and especially that of 3D scanning and 3D printing–it seems only normal that we should progress to a new level in sharing images. The simple truth is that there is just too much great new technology out there not to dig in and play with–and that includes the world of the handheld scanner with new technology like SCANIFY, making 3D printing even more exciting and viable for all levels of makers–as well as businesses, which are able to integrate the technology into their own applications and processes for even greater success in the marketplace.
Progression in 3D scanning technology and subsequent 3D printing allows enthusiasts to add a new scope and quality to their creative world, whether it’s in complex new designs or just something fun like figurines–and that can encompass an entire industry within itself. SCANIFY technology, produced by Fuel3D, now allows companies like TOYZEROPLUS a way to produce images for 3D printing that are not only captured at high speeds, but also with superior quality. Originally developed for the medical field, SCANIFY has hit the mainstream now as 3D printing rapidly increases in popularity–along with the need for better, affordable scanners.
Taking the selfie to the extreme, now it’s not just about sending a loved one a quick 2D pic that always leaves them wanting a little more–they can hold a likeness in their hands–and an exciting personalized action figure at that. And thanks to TOYZEROPLUS, now we can also see ourselves as we’d like to, whether engaged in our favorite sport or as a fantasy of what we’d like to be as well.
TOYZEROPLUS is a leader in their field for offering these fun 3D printed mementos with the highest resolution head and facial details. Mixing up progressive and traditional technologies, the TOYZEROPLUS team produces high quality 3D prints of your likeness and then they actually hand paint the models in the finishing phase. The craftsmanship involved is at a very advanced level, offering impressive realism. The heads are produced at the standard 1:6 scale.
Founded by Wilson Tam and his team just last year, and headquartered in Hong Kong, the TOYZEROPLUS prides themselves on being different, offering handcrafted quality in combination with digital design and 3D printing. Employing SCANIFY technology gives this newer company a leg up as well, and they encourage their global client base to enjoy choosing customized 3D figurines to use as their personal avatars.
“We are always looking for new ways to capture the details of our customers’ features so that we can create end-products that fulfill their desire to have an action figure that looks just like them,” said Tam. “We are pleased to say that we are now able to use SCANIFY data in our processes – it is very appropriate for our business as it captures much more detail than other low-cost 3D scanners.”
“Using SCANIFY saves us huge amounts of time in the creation of every head – taking out the guesswork of building each model,” said Tam. “Previously, we had totry and recreate a person’s facial structure from the images, but this always involved a lot of estimation and time-consuming manual processes, as well as several exchanges back and forth with the customer to get their comments and approval.”
TOYZEROPLUS has big plans for expansion and sees SCANIFY technology as playing a big role in that. With goals to broaden their horizons globally, they are relying on this new tool to get new clients excited about both the technology and seeing themselves in 3D print.
“It’s a delight to hear from customers like TOYZEROPLUS, who are not only using SCANIFY in an interesting and creative way, but can also see the potential of the product to help scale up their business,” said Stuart Mead, CEO, Fuel3D. “We look forward to supporting TOYZEROPLUS as they expand internationally.”