Below is my blog regarding recent news and information about our studio 3D printing services featuring 3D Selfies. Feel free to browse the site and explore my paintings and videos. More to see in the Menu above!
I just has cataract eye surgery in my left eye. I'm okay but will have vision blur for a couple weeks so all studio activities are on hold at this time. Its near impossible to edit in 3d with only one eye lol.
If you do want to get scanned and 3d printed as a figurine or bust in your likeness, by all means still contact me. I'll get back to you as soon as I can see.
Under development is a studio video about the history of 3D printing and the application of Videoscans to enable you to create your own 3D Selfies without having to be scanned by a 3rd party. Happy 4th!
3D Selfies exploded in both substance and hype just a few years ago. Large scan booths were created to handle the expected workload, but business was slow and many 3D Selfie companies today are struggling.
I attribute that to 2 main factors...
1) Accessibility: Someone who wanted to have a 3D Selfie made had to find someone who was knowledgeable with scanning, CAD, and 3D printing to create the figurine or bust. Scan booths are slowly appearing in targeted cities and trade shows, but they are few and far between. A 3D Selfie business had to rely on walk-in local traffic limiting their customer base.
2) Pricing: Yep, 3D Selfies can be expensive. The going rate for a 6" full color sandstone figurine is over $200, especially if a scan booth is used. I've found some 5" figurines down to $120 yet the price tag is still enough to turn away most people with a tight budget these days. Forget about busts. With their higher volume of material, you can double their pricing compared to figurines.
Hursto Presto Studios embarked on a plan to resolve both of these issues to give you greater access with lower pricing through the use of Videoscans.
With videoscans, you do the scan yourself with video so there is no scan fee associated with creating your 3D Selfie, thus automatically reducing the price. And by doing the scan yourself, you can do it at the time and place of your choosing giving you greater accessibility.
Another factor affecting pricing is sizing. Our largest 3D printed piece is 6" at a respectable price, and we offer smaller pieces which drives the prices down even further.
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The best way to get your videoscans to our studio, at this time, is to upload them to a cloud file storage service such as Dropbox.com.
Once you created a Dropbox account, you will get a dropbox folder that is treated like any other folder, but it is held in the 'cloud'. Just drop your videos inside your Dropbox folder and share your video file link using our Videoscan Submission Form so we can download it.
Dropbox Mobile is also available if using a smart phone.
Once we download your videoscans, they are evaluated for free and if successful you will receive an emailed invoice to order your 3D Selfie. If your videoscans fail due to bad lighting or movement, you will receive a notice and explanation of scan failure with a request for a re-scan.
Click Here for detailed info on videoscans and give it a try at no charge!
The are several factors that help ensure a successful videoscan, and in my opinion the most important is proper lighting.
Normal photography just requires one side of the subject to be lit for a good 2D photograph. With 3D Selfies, the entire subject must be well lit 360 degrees at all sides and require special considerations.
Here are the two rules to follow to help ensure the best lighting for videoscans...
1) Indoor Lighting Only: Hard direct lighting and dark shadows are bad for videoscans, as such you need to perform the videoscan indoors under diffused yet well lit artificial lighting.
2) No Back-Lighting: Back lighting, such as a window or a lamp directly behind your subject, causes a glare that softens the edges of your subject and darkens the image making it difficult to convert your videoscan for 3D printing.
Before starting the videoscan, take a good look at your indoor surroundings. If in a home, a well-lit kitchen or garage is normally the best place to conduct the scan. Cover all windows in the room to avoid back-lighting.
The absolute best place to conduct videoscans are in department stores. They are packed with great overhead diffused lighting. Make sure to pick a day and time when they are not busy and ask if you can use their space to conduct the videoscan. You can perhaps offer them a free videoscan in trade, but be sure to charge them full price for their 3D Selfie.
With the development of Videoscans, we have revamped our Studio Partner Program.
Previously, the scan session would have needed to be treated as a private scan session and scheduled at a future date at the Studio Partner's location. Now, our Studio Partners can perform the Videoscan them self on-the-fly as the opportunity presents itself.
Interested in becoming a Hursto Presto Studio Partner? Contact us for full details.
We updated our studio catalog to include 4 more pages bringing it up to 16.
Inside, we filled in more detail to help ensure successful videoscans and added more 3D Selfie graphics.
Download it now to check it out!
Our studio videoscan program is now out of beta and is available to the general public.
Now you can save time and money by doing the videoscan yourself! Click Here for details.
We thank everyone who helped us explore and tweak this program.
Had a great time videoscanning at the Biggs Park Mall in Lumberton, NC last Sunday!
We explored different areas at the mall in which lighting was ideal for Videoscans, and we found a couple 'sweet spots' that yielded great videoscans such as this bust of my daughter Megan.
We will occasionally visit other malls such as in Fayetteville NC, Wilmington NC, Florence SC, and even Myrtle Beach SC. Ask us when we can visit a mall in your area so we can get you scanned and 3D printed as a full color sandstone figurine or bust in your likeness!
Children and pets grow fast, and who wouldn't want a 3D printed figurine of their cherished little one. I have received many requests to scan babies and pets, but there can be difficulties..
The subject being scanned by the hand-held scanner we use must stay perfectly still for a solid minute for the scan to be successful. Any movement such as the turning of the head or even different facial expressions during the scan can yield undesirable results ending with a failed scan attempt.
All is not lost, however! If you do want a figurine in the exact likeness of your little one, and they are too active to stay still for the scan, they will need to be scanned while being asleep.
A figurine of your sleeping baby in a basket would make a great keepsake. If your little one is an older active toddler or a pet, videoscan him/her sleeping on a pillow or a blanket while sleeping.
Videoscans are perfect in this instance, because you can do the scan yourself on-the-fly without the hassle of scheduling a scan session and risking a wide awake and active child or pet during the scan.
Take advantage of our Videoscan Beta this year and get your little ones scanned and 3D printed as a full color sandstone figurine!
Hursto Presto Studios are currently developing a Videoscan process in which anybody will be able to use a camera to record someone and have that video processed to create amazing 3D printed figurines or busts in their likeness.
Help us test this process by joining our studio
But if you did want a 3D printed Full Color Sandstone figurine or bust, and who wouldn't, we dropped the prices for 3D Videographers only!
With eight varieties of 3D printed materials, and 4 sizes of each, there were 32 different items to choose from when deciding which type material and size to get. For someone who first looks at our price list, it can be overwhelming.
To simplify things, we are reducing our price list to reflect the three most wanted materials:
Full Color Sandstone: With its beautiful full color photographic textures and low cost, Full Color Sandstone is easily the most favored material we offer.
In-House PLA Plastic: With our in-house 3D printer, we can offer single color 3D printed figurines and busts at a budget rate. The faster print time makes this material a favorite.
Hand-Painted PLA PLastic: Everyone likes the low cost of our PLA plastic pieces, but having them hand-painted in acrylic and made to look like real metal is also a favorite.
Now, we have 3 different materials to choose from, and with 4 sizes each, there are only 12 choices to look at when deciding. Much easier now to focus in and decide which choice is best for you.
Regular Cameras vrs 3D Scanners
For a 2D photograph, you just simply whip out your camera, frame your subject and snap the picture. For a 3D scanned figurine, you need to find one of those 3D scan booths or find someone like this studio with a scanner. Scheduling the scan session can take days.
Wouldn't it be great to just whip out your camera, record a 50 second video, and have a 3D printed figurine of your or your loved ones delivered just as easy?
Now you can conduct the scan session yourself, and thus avoid the scan fee. Or perhaps even scan somebody else and charge a small videoscan fee for yourself.
Use video to record your subject by walking around them while keeping them centered in-frame. Then send your video to Hursto Presto Studios to get the video images extruded, edited, and processed to create a 3D Selfie figurine of the subject you scanned!