Hi! I welcome you to Hursto Presto Studios! Below is my blog regarding recent news and information about my 3D Printing and spray paint art. Feel free to browse the site and explore my paintings and videos. More to see in the Menu above.
Keeping Price Low: One of the rules for new businesses to consider early on is: Location, location, location. In my case, it's Robeson County, NC.
It's the largest county in NC by land mass, but if you are starting up a new business, Robeson County isn't exactly the best location. Talking to other business owners, they concur that doing business here is tough. It's considered one of the poorest counties in the state.
3D printed busts and figurines are expensive. Our research here, here and here shows that 3D Printed Figurine services at other locations can charge $95 and up for a small figurine. A large figurine can cost over $300. There
is no way we can charge that in Robeson County.
We want to keep prices low so that anybody can afford a 3D printed bust or figurine of themselves or a loved one, and right now we believe we have accomplished it with our lowest offering of the small 3" $30.00 Figurine. Our medium sized figurine is an affordable $60 while the large is only $90. This is about as rock bottom we can get.
Our one advantage is low overhead. We use a $400 hand held scanner to create the digital 3D file needed for 3D printing and a laptop for editing. They use a
professional automated photo booth mounted with 40 or so cameras with lights that costs upward to $100,000.
Many of them print their own figurines with their own printers in which they need to recoup their investment. We outsource our printing to a 3D Print Shop in New York.
Finally, we charge only once for the scanning session and separated it from the printing process. This had a big impact on keeping the price low.
These prices will stay in effect at least through 2016. Come 2017 there may be a bump up in prices to help cover new equipment, but our pricing will still remain incredibly low compared
to our competitors. Guaranteed.
I've been thinking of a way to do group scannings. One way that I plan on doing this is to put up a booth at fairs and festivals. Another way is fundraising.
3D Selfies are a great idea for clubs and organizations who at times raise money for themselves or for charity, and I believe it makes good business sense as well. What better way to do business than to help raise money for a good cause and provide a unique crazy product at the same time.
I'll share what I have so far. Subject to change...
Lots to do before I can initiate fund raising.
Look for the launch date in 2016.
Scan Booth: A Work In Progress-
Scanning for full color figurines and busts is tricky. The lighting has to be right. There is no way I could afford a professional 3D scan booth costing over $100,000 (checks wallet... nope) so I decided to just build one. As a result, I can offer 3D Selfies at half the cost than professional rigs.
Here it is. A 10' X 10' canopy converted to a scan booth with 5 fluorescent lights. I added tarp walls to block out the sun and afford some privacy.
My first initial scans using this booth was promising. Sunlight does seep through the tarp causing a bluish tint so I need to cover the inside tarp walls with a heavy white non-reflective canvas.
But the scans did stop losing track and they were more successful. Almost there!
Importance Of Lighting
Running around with my handy-dandy hand held 3D scanner, I find how lighting plays a key role. As with 2D photography, lighting will make or break a 3D scan. The scanner easily looses tracking if not enough light is present. Sunlight kills the scan as does shadow.
I found that an overcast sky had decent lighting but the colors were slightly muted. The best place to scan turned out to be my kitchen.
You deserve a better place than my kitchen to be scanned so I am building a 10' X 10' 3D Scan Booth out of a canopy and tarp. Inside will be about 5 lamps and ample space for full figure scans.
More on this as my scan booth gets close to completion.
Under development are various specialty figurines in which your likeness can be placed!
Your head can be scanned and attached to any 3D printed model such as this Space Marine statue. Other specialty figures are being considered. Have your likeness placed on the body of a superhero, a roman soldier, a winged angel, scuba diver, etc.
These are a work-in-progress and will be rolled out as they are developed. Stay tuned!
Full Color Sandstone Figurines!
That's right. Now you can have yourself 3D Printied in full photographic color as a figurine made of Sandstone!
Produced on Z-Corp printers, sandstone is perfect for figurines and other products that lend themselves to colorful, high-quality printing. Models are created by printing binder material and colored ink layer-by-layer into a bed of gypsum-based powder. After printing, the models are finished with a cyanoacrylate (super glue) sealant to ensure durability and vivid colors.
The final product is a hard, brittle material that works great for figurines and visual models, but isn't well suited to functional parts or daily handing. Models should be handled carefully, and not exposed to water as it will cause fading.
Figurines are generally lower priced than Busts due the their smaller mass with the smallest (3" height) available for only $30 (does not include design/scan charge). Read more about them Here!
Thinking back to the late 70's, there was a short period in which I was interested in creating 3D forms. It was during my college years as a young gate security guard when I carved this tiny
bunny out of a piece of pine using an xacto knife.
About half a year ago I arrive to work at Copiers Plus (service tech) and lo-and behold there was 5 CubePro 3D Printers in the warehouse, and the rest is history. I created a 3D Printer page to post everything I'm doing in 3D. It starts Here!
The exhibit reception was great! Thanks to all who showed up, and special thanks to Shea Ann DeJarnette who baked this delicious cake for the reception!
It's very cool that she placed a copy of one of my paintings on the cake. Don't know how she did it, but it was yummy!
If you have a special occasion coming up and are in need of delicious cake, contact Shea Ann and ask her to make one for you: Custom Cake 4 You Yum!
The only exception is a quote that I didn't make:
"Hurst paints otherworldly landscapes on canvas with water-based acrylic Liquitex sprays, which he says are less toxic and more versatile than conventional spray
Less toxic, yes. More versatile? I don't think I said that because it's not true. The solvent based conventional sprays such as Rustolium and Krylon are actually more versatile due to the
ability to rewet the pigment after it dries with a clear coating. It allows layer removal and scratchboard methods that the Liquitex does not lend itself to. However, the less toxic and odorless
properties of the Liquitex spray that I use makes it the clear choice.
The Robesonian newspaper article about myself and the upcoming exhibit was a nice read. Thank you Robesonian for publishing it!
Christmas is over and the New Year is upon us!
One last notice to invite you to the Historic Carolina Civic Center Lobby Art Exhibit this upcoming Jan. 15!
There I will be displaying 14 or so of my spray paint art, each for sale with a percentage going to the theater foundation.