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!
3D Printed Specialties
3D Selfies are cool, but there is no market for them (yet). We still offer 3D Selfies, but we are now branching out into 3D Printed specialties.
If there is one thing that there is a current and growing market for, it is pipes. We are currently designing pipes to be 3D printed in non-toxic organic PLA plastic. A 14mm glass bowl is included.
Our line of pipes will be launched early February after I have recovered from my upcoming eye surgery. I look forward to sharing with you these unique pipes and getting them into a smoke shop near you.
3D Printed Specialties
It's been a great year this past 2017 and we at Hursto Presto Studios thank everyone for your patronage.
Moving ahead into 2018, we are adding 3D printed custom specialties to our services. I will be having eye surgery late Jan. 2018 so our studio will be closed until spring. We will be rolling out our specialties this spring 2018.
Merry Christmas to all, and may you have a wonderful New Year!
Jim & Jane Hurst
Had a good time during our 2017 Halloween Open House scan event!
We covered the canopy's sides with white fabric walls and installed lights inside, and the scans turned out great! We ended the event by lighting up our fire pit while enjoying refreshments.
Doing this again next Halloween 2018! Cya there!
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...
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Studio Residence Open House
Wear A Costume And Pay No Scan Fee!
Addendum: Each person 3D scanned gets their choice of trinket from our 3D Printed Trinket selection.
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.
Sequence Of Events
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!