In-app 3D printing service FabZat has announced a new exclusive European partnership with FigurePrints to offer custom 3D printed statues of World of Warcraft player characters. FabZat will allow any player of the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) to purchase unique 3D printed figures of any character from directly inside the game and have them shipped anywhere in Europe. WoW players will be able to use a simple online design tool to have their current in-game character, a customized figure of their own design, or any character from the game 3D printed. FigurePrints even offers players the option to purchase character pets and companions.
FigurePrints is a US-based service that offers to 3D print characters or creations from World of Warcraft or Minecraft based on customers’ own game data. In the US the service costs $129.95 plus shipping for an eight inch tall statue plus shipping and handling, while a five inch tall bust will cost about $69.95 plus shipping. The European pricing is expected to remain similar, however with FabZat’s 3D printing services being based in Europe, the shipping costs will be considerably more manageable. Each personalized statue or bust will be 3D printed on a base with the player character’s name and the World of Warcraft logo.
“We’re focused on enabling players to bring their World of Warcraft characters to life, and now we can offer a greater level of service through our partnership with FabZat. After reviewing several European companies in this space, we felt that FabZat would be the right partner due to their outstanding reputation for fast delivery times, unmatched quality and seamless import experience,” said FigurePrints CEO, Ed Fries.
The FabZat in-app and on-demand 3D printing service provides video games, online comics, smartphone and tablet apps or any website to offer an easy to use interface that offers their users the option to purchase 3D prints directly from their website. This offers customers a unique way of monetizing their websites or games without forcing potential customers to jump through hoops, and allows fans to purchase one-of-a-kind, personalized collectibles. The FabZat service is available using a state-of-the-art shop plugin that works with iOS, Android and Unity. It also supports Facebook, PC gaming and web-based applications.
“We provide EU fans of the World of Warcraft franchise with customizable on-demand 3D printing of the characters they love from the game. And, we provide this service in full-color sandstone using 3D Systems’ CJP technology to ensure the highest quality products are delivered to customers. It’s this focus on quality and attention to detail that has made us the preferred choice for industry-leading game publishers,” explained Florent Pitoun, FabZat CEO and co-founder.
The 3D Systems Color Jet Printing technology uses a gypsum based powder material bound together with color inks and binding agents to build three dimensional objects layer by layer. In the three years that FabZat has been in business they have fine-tuned their proprietary sandstone 3D printing approach with a combination of a custom formula of chemical hardeners, high-quality inks that provide vivid colors, and a varnishing process that was specially designed for sandstone materials. Some of FabZat’s more notable clients include Asterix, Leblocks and Minetoys. You can order your own WoW figure over on the FigurePrints World of Warcraft page. Let us know if you have in the World of Warcraft 3D Printing forum thread on 3DPB.com.