Customisable 3D Printing of Video Game Characters

by Jeremiah on May 29, 2013



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3D Printing has completely turned the manufacturing industry on its head. Clothing, organs, plastic guns which can fire standard rounds of ammunition..With a list like this, it was only time before the dream of printing 3D versions of our favourite video game characters, became possible.

The team at Sandboxr want to make this a reality; they are working on a platform which will allow every video game enthusiast to not only order a 3D printed version of your favourite character, but also customise it to their preference. Want your character to have a larger weapon? Just say so. Want it to be posed in a different style? No problem. Want to alter its facial expression? Done. You are able to create your video game character to be the way you want it, which beats purchasing a common figurine, which are manufactured in the hundreds of thousands.

The Sandboxr platform would allow anyone from professional animators to the every-day citizen, to customize their character, order it and get sent a 3D printed version of it – easy as that!

Now this technology is nothing new. Back in 2012 a group of Harvard scientists were working on developing software which would take 3D models and turn them into tangible figurines. The difference today is that you are able to create something completely unique, in a higher resolution, and in multiple colours.

Unfortunately Sandboxr did not reach their goal for funding this Kickstarter project, but with the rapid speed at which the 3D printing industry is going, we suspect it won’t be long until this is an option available to everyone wanting to create a one-of-a-kind video game figure.

This post was contributed by Cartridges Direct.

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