A new app from French 3D printing company Sculpteo now lets consumers upload a photo of themselves or a friend for incorporation into a designer vase, mug or other object.
3D printing has appeared on our virtual pages on numerous occasions before, but recently we came across an interesting twist. A new app from French 3D printing company Sculpteo now lets consumers upload a photo of themselves or a friend for incorporation into a designer vase, mug or other object. Users begin by downloading the Sculpteo app for free from the iTunes store; it’s available for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 5.0 or later. Next, they browse through Sculpteo’s selection of customizable objects, which includes the personal Pixel Cup, Profile Vase, Ego-Datamug and customized iPhone case. The basic designs of those objects were created by top designers, but users of the new app can customize numerous aspects of them. The Profile Vase, for example, lets users submit a profile photo of themselves or a friend and see it reflected in the shape of the ceramic vase; couples can even submit two photos to create a “Me & You” vase. In addition to customizing such objects with photos, users can also adjust all aspects of the object’s design, including size, dimensions, color and material. Designs can be saved and shared on Facebook or Twitter; they can also be ordered from Sculpteo for delivery within a few days. Along with the recent launch of its new smartphone app, Sculpteo has also opened up its 3D printing service for integration into online retailers’ own offerings and websites. Stores can use their own customizable designs, it says, and Sculpteo will handle production and delivery. Retailers around the world: an innovative service to add to your bespoke line?