My friends Thea and Justin were married yesterday. It was a wonderful event. My gift to them was a Scan-A-Rama 3D printed wedding cake topper of themselves. It looked beautiful on top of the cake. It’s not the first one of these I’ve done but it was the first one I’ve been to the actual wedding to see. Congrats to Thea and Justin!
Since creating Coney Island Scan-A-Rama, we have discovered numerous reasons why people want 3D portraits. As previously noted, there’s a long history of portraiture, but but 3D scanning affordable portraits has created a whole new genre! Who would you scan and how would you use it? Here’s some applications we’ve discovered, but we’re anxious to hear what you would do with them!
Everyone want to remember the baby bump, and a statue immortalizes it in ways that a photo never will! In my experience, hands down this is the killer app for 3D scanned portraits.
Folks with a 3D Printer, check out this 3D model of Sean & Amy on Thingiverse
Lovers, Couple Portraits & Wedding Cake Toppers
Who wouldn’t want their wedding cake topper to really be them! If you really wanted full color, we could do a scan with a texture map and have it printed with a printing service, but IMO the monochrome is classier! Not the marrying type? Well this is still a great way to remember your love and special times!
Grandparents want to remember grandkids, parents want to remember their children when they are small, cute and not asking for the keys to the car. A family portrait in 3D is a whole new way to do just that!
Its All About Me!
Who wouldn’t want their own Mini Me?
Remembrances & Memorials
I’ve now done a number of portraits now of kids with their parents, and even had a few subjects musing about their own mortality and how the figurine could be used as a memorial object. After a loved one passes, having a figurine may be a great way to remember them. With a CNC machine or larger printer that could make things in metal or concrete, these could even be used be used for gravestones or public statues. What was previously something that could only be created at great expense by a skilled artisan is now affordable to all.
What thoughts do you have? Why would you want your own 3D statue? Let me know in the comments!
- What is it like to be 3D Scanned? (thegreatfredini.com)
- Futuristic 3-D Portrait Studio Debuts in Coney Island (thegreatfredini.com)
- A Brief History of Amusement Park Portraiture (thegreatfredini.com)
- Coney Island Scan-A-Rama Launched on Kickstarter! (thegreatfredini.com)