Sculpteo is an online 3D printing service. They offer high quality printing in 10 different materials and a variety of finishing options. Small businesses, designers, and startups can use Sculpteo to produce a 3D printed item for them. Doing so just got a little easier. Sculpteo has unveiled a new feature – Batch Control.
Batch Control gives users more control over the quality and pricing of multi-unit orders. It includes:
* Visualization of your entire order inside the printer
* Optimized positioning of your models to give you the best price
* Instant per-unit pricing comparison when you change the quantity of prints
* Two levels of print resolutions to modify the thickness of the print layers
* Three finishes (including glossy varnish, satin polish, and double polish)
* Ability to control the direction of print layers within your objects by adjusting the z-axes orientation of your models
* Preview simulation of each layer of your print to ensure everything is correct
Batch Control also helps customers save up to 35% by ordering multi-unit batches that are optimized for the 3D printing process. It makes it more cost effective for you to order higher volumes of 3D printed objects. You can check out Sculpteo at CES 2014 at LVCC, South Hall 3, Booth # 31417.
The idea of creating a personal 3D item sound appealing, however the expense and the required design skills has kept it out of reach of most consumers. 3D printing has gotten cheaper over the last couple of years, however, even the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic a kit you can build yourself is over a $1,000. Which means they are not quite yet ready for the consumer market. However solutions to these problems starting to show up in the market. One such solution appeared this week in Las Vegas.
At CES 2012 Sculpteo a French based 3D printing company introduced an app for the iPhone and iPad. The app allows customers to create personal objects. You take a picture person in profile. You then choose the model from the collection that you want to co-design. The collection includes such objects as vases, mugs and other objects. You then order and pay for the design. Sculpteo prices run from $50.00 up to $450. Sculpteo then prints it up for you as a 3D object. The default printing material is ceramic, but you can choose different materials and colors. I expect overtime the process will get better, there will be more design choices and the prices will drop also. The 3D market for the consumer is just in its infancy, it can only get better. I’d be interested if anyone has used the app, and how they liked the product they received back.