Sculpteo today unveiled a new 3D printing service with a companion app for iOS. The app (a free download in iTunes) allows you to design 3D ceramic objects (including ones designed automatically from your picture) that you can have made and sent to you.  On the surface, this seems like a really cool product/service, but […]
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Sculpteo Unveils 3D Printing App, Makes Expensive And Ugly Ceramic Products

Sculpteo today unveiled a new 3D printing service with a companion app for iOS. The app (a free download in iTunes) allows you to design 3D ceramic objects (including ones designed automatically from your picture) that you can have made and sent to you.  On the surface, this seems like a really cool product/service, but unfortunately, I don’t think it’s quite ready for prime-time. The app requires a profile picture – which is difficult to take of yourself. In fact, even in tests with some of the crew here at CES, we could not get a picture that the app turned into anything resembling the results that we expected from the company’s press release. Some of the product designs require information from which your personality can be determined – from which the design is made. The questions seem quite odd (“I have named a pet or child after…”); it is hard to imagine how these result in anything but a static design.

Price is also an issue. A vase with your profile is $299. A profile mug (pictured here) is $39. It’s difficult to imagine myself ever paying anything near these prices for these results.

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