Welcome To Hursto Presto Studios!

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!

 

Enjoy!

Jim Hurst

News and Musings

Sun

15

Oct

2017

Full Color Sandstone Discontinued

From 3D Selfies To Statuettes

Videoscans use a process called Photogrammetry, the process of converting a series of photographs into a full color digital model. This was the backbone of our Videoscan service involving Full Color Sandstone.

 

The cloud service we use to convert the Videoscan into a full color digital model changed their pricing model, in effect pricing us out. As of now we can not offer Full Color Sandstone 3D Selfies due to higher costs. 

 

Please disregard all our offerings involving Videoscans and Full Color Sandstone. We will, however, continue 3D Printing services involving single color PLA 3D Selfies. As such, we will drop the 3D Selfie designation and refer to our 3D printed figurines as Statuettes and Busts.

 

It's a drag, but to keep pricing low we decided to go this route. Now comes the job of updating all our fliers, price lists, and catalogs. Stay tuned...

 

Jim

Sun

10

Sep

2017

2017 Halloween Scan Event Planned

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Studio Residence Open House

Wear A Costume And Pay No Scan Fee!

Open House- Register to attend an Open House Scan Session in Lumberton, NC at the studio residence of Jim and Jane Hurst and save money! 

 

Sat., October 28, 2017

2pm - 6pm

 

50% off scan fee (normally $40)

or...

 

100% off scan fee if wearing a costume!

 

Click Here to register!

Addendum: Each person 3D scanned gets their choice of trinket from our 3D Printed Trinket selection.

Fri

11

Aug

2017

Updated Studio Catalog

Studio Catalog 2018f
catalog2018f.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.1 MB

Sat

22

Jul

2017

These Eyes

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. 

Jim Hurst

Sun

02

Jul

2017

In The Works: Studio Intro Video

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!

Sun

04

Jun

2017

Videoscan Tutorial

Thu

01

Jun

2017

Driving Prices Down

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.

Tue

16

May

2017

Submitting Your Videoscans

Sequence Of Events

  1. Record: Video 3 different videoscans. Why three? Because at least one of them should result in a good videoscan capture and it reduces the chance of you having to do a re-shoot. 
  2. Review: Take a look at your videos for issues that can cause a failed scan such as poor overall lighting, bright back lighting, or motion blur.
  3. Dropbox: Do not send your videos directly to our studio via email or messenger. These services compress your video to save space and the image quality is greatly reduced making it impossible for 3D conversion. Create a Dropbox account to share your videoscan.
  4. Share: Send your Dropbox video file link so we can download and process your videoscan and turn it into a digital file.
  5. Order: Upon a successful videoscan, you can order your 3D Selfie via invoice.

 

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!

Jim Hurst

Fri

12

May

2017

It's All About The Light

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.

Jim Hurst

Fri

05

May

2017

Revamped Studio Partner Program

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.

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Sat

22

Apr

2017

Updated Studio Catalog 2018b

Catalog 2018b

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!

Studio Catalog 2018b
16 pages
catalog2018b.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.4 MB

Wed

19

Apr

2017

Videoscan Program Launched

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. 

Tue

28

Mar

2017

Sundays At The Mall

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! 

Mon

20

Mar

2017

Scanning Babies And Pets

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!

Sat

04

Mar

2017

Reduced Videoscan Pricing

3Dselfies_videographerguide2017f.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.2 MB

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

3D Videographer beta program!

 

  • No charge for videoscan processing.
  • No purchase necessary.

 

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!

Studio Facebook:

 www.facebook.com/hurstopresto

Statuette Flier
2018_statuettes.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.3 MB

Have your likeness 3D printed as a Figurine or Bust!