Retailer, Officeworks, is expanding its reach into the 3D printing market with the launch of its 3D Experience Centre located in its Russell St store in Melbourne.
The facility provides consumers with access to a range of 3D products and services, allowing them to touch, play and learn about 3D technology and how it can be used in their environment.
“Officeworks is pleased to provide consumers with unprecedented access to this innovative technology that we believe presents a huge opportunity for professionals, businesses, students and tech-lovers alike,” Officeworks head of technology (merchandise), Toby Watson, said.
“There’s so much excitement and anticipation around the emergence of 3D printing technology, our aim is to educate Australians on how it’s relevant for them and how it can benefit their everyday lives.”
“Going beyond the novelty factor, 3D printing opens up a world of creativity and stretches the limits of design. In terms of what next from here, we’ll be led by our customers and expand and evolve the offer based on their needs.”
Customers can bring in their favourite item to be scanned and printed in 3D, or bring in their own 3D design file to be printed in their choice of material, colour and size.
The centre also features a wide range of 3D hardware and consumables for purchase for business or personal use; and also has a range of 3D products on display that have been designed by people globally.
There is also a 3D photo booth, where you can be scanned and print out a lifelike miniature version of yourself.
Officeworks has already taken the task of scanning and 3D-printing 50 people that make up the popular Melbourne scene to create Mini Melbourne featuring personalities such as designers Dom Bagnato, Helen O’Connor and Richard Nylon as well as celebrity chef Frank Camorra.
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Others who took part in the campaign include Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Father Bob Maguire, Collingwood fanatic Joffa, radio personality Chrissie Swan, and comedian Nazeem Hussain.
So how much will it cost to make a 3D miniature version of yourself? It depends on the material you choose, but if you were to choose resin, you’ll be looking at forking out $16/15mins. A PLA plastic version of yourself would cost $3/15 mins. 3D models can take up to 14 days to print, depending on the size, material and complexity of the design.