Q – How should I pose for my 3D image?
A – We basically have a virtual cylinder we are photographing from all angles that is about 3 feet across and a little over 6 feet tall. Almost any pose you want to strike inside that virtual space is alright – be creative and have fun! We will take several shots and you can choose the one you like the best. Please keep in mind that details like fine strands of hair or spread fingers may not print well or might break off the print easily. For a few more guidelines about attire and accessories be sure to read Preparing For My 3D Photo Scan.
Q – Are the 3D printed replicas fragile?
A – Think of the full color statue as a work of porcelain art you want to treat carefully. Thin parts like ears or fingers can be broken off if they fall. The surface or coloring can be harmed by water, high humidity, direct sunlight or heat over 140 F. Your figurine has been treated with a special coating to protect it and keep it healthy for a long time.
Q – What are the statuettes made of?
A – The replicas are printed with the world’s most sophisticated multi-color 3D printing technology. They are made of a high performance coated composite of gypsum powder, coloring and a glue-like binder material. They have a very nice clay-like texture with a slightly rough feel.
Q – Can 3D photo scanning be harmful?
A – We are basically taking many photographs of you at the same instant from a dome of cameras. The photographic flash may be the only startling thing.
Q – How long does it take for me to get my figurine?
A – The printed replicas are normally ready for pickup or shipping to you within 5-6 weeks after your photo proof selection.
Q – Can I have my figurine re-printed in the future?
A – Certainly. We plan to keep your images archived and secure for the foreseeable future. Printing and display technology will undoubtedly continue to improve – you may be interested in your 3D image again in the future for some as yet unimagined reason.
Q – Are there other material options for my print?
A – Absolutely. There are many varieties of plastic, ceramics, and even metals. 3D Printing capabilities are growing rapidly as the technology evolves. Many of the materials we print in are priced on a volume basis, rather than the set prices we have for full-color options. Feel free to shoot us an email or call with additional questions.
Q – Why do you print by scale instead of fixed size?
A – We have found that most people vastly prefer the scaled approach if there’s a chance of having more than one person or subject printed. If we were to print all replicas at – say – 6 inches, a family would look pretty awkward placed together. The scale allows for a far more realistic result when multiple subjects are involved. If you absolutely hate this idea, we can talk about it before your session and adjustments may be made.
Q – Doesn’t this seem a bit expensive for a little statue?
We totally agree; and if that is what this would be for you, you may decide to wait. Our goal is to be able to increase our quality and lower prices as we progress. The world of 3D printing is changing rapidly, and we are going to be there as the changes take place, ready to pass the potential savings along to our customers. For many – though – the cost of waiting is far higher than the current price. We want to help as many people as possible to capture those important moments in life. Your wedding will only come once. Your child will only be a baby for so long. Your parents and grandparents won’t be around forever. Your favorite pet may be gone sooner than you would hope.
One thing that we want to be able to guarantee all of our customers is that we will save your digital files forever. 3D Printing technology is changing. Capabilities will be far greater in the future. We will be able to reprint those valued models in increasingly vibrant and detailed fashion as things change. The opportunity to scan what exists today may not always be there though. Even if this is not the right time for a print, a scanning session can be arranged. The print can come later. (Contact us for specifics if this appeals to you).