When smartphones with digital cameras first become more prevalent with Internet connectivity, the selfie was born. People, tweens, teens, and kids of all ages pose for pictures of themselves to post on Snapchat, Instagram, or Facebook. In the 3D printing technology industry a new way to capture one’s self is starting to emerge, and is quickly becoming the latest craze, called the shapie.
A shapie is essentially a 3D printer portrait of a person or group of people. The shapie is a miniaturized version of you. The size of shapies varies, and most average between 8 and 10 inches. A variation of the shapie some people are also making are miniature busts of their heads, which range in size from 4 to about 8 inches.
There are several different ways to create a shapie. The first option is to find a scanning point in your city and go to that location to have your shapie image made. Once you arrive at the location, 3D selfie images are photographed of you and anyone else you want to include in the shapie.
After you are satisfied with the 3D selfies that were taken, you select the ones you want to be made into shapies. The 3D selfies are uploaded into a 3D drafting and printing software application. From there they are converted into printable files.
The other option is to download free software and take 3D selfies of yourself and anyone else from the comfort of your home using your computer. If you choose the “at home” option, keep in mind there are specific hardware requirements depending upon the shapie software application. Also keep in mind, if you are going to make shapies at home, lighting and the quality of the camera used to take the 3D selfie pictures could affect the final product.
After you upload your 3D selfies, you will have to decide how you want to obtain your shapies. With either method, you can submit an order where they will be printed and delivered to your home. If there is a reliable 3D printer in your area, another option is for you to take the files to the printer and have them print your shapies. Lastly, if you have a 3D printer of your own at home, you can simply generate and print your shapies yourself.
It typically takes about 30 minutes to print shapies using a professional printing service. At home, output times can take several hours, based upon the type of 3D printer you own and processing power of your computer. If you are looking for the best detail and likeness in your shapies, it is recommended to either order them online or use a professional printer with the latest 3D printing technologies.
We hope you have enjoyed learning more about the shapie and how it is becoming a new trend. For all of your CAD, 2D, 3D, and architectural drafting and drawing services, call Q-CAD today at 800-700-3305.