Posted Thu, Sep 11, 2008 by Medeor
FigurePrints appears to print money not figures.
In today's Vancouver Sun (that's from Vancouver, Canada, not Vancouver, Washington), the team from FigurePrints LLP exhibits the best of the little engine that could. In a 3,200 square foot facility they work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to crank out 1,200-1,400 of the World of Warcraft FigurePrints many have drooled over. Who doesn't want a 3D representation of their favorite main character? I would have to choose a main character, but as soon as I do, I want it immortalized in a 10cm porcelain-type polymer!
Founded by a former Microsoft executive, Ed Fries plays world of Warcraft and he definitely gets "it" and understands why we as players would want exactly what he is selling. The story goes into more of the manufacturing process as Dan Iosch the Chief Operating Officer explains:
"The technology combines computer software and special printers that can make three-dimensional objects with ultra-fine detail and full colour, using a powder substance that hardens into something like porcelain.
Game players start out with basic characters that evolve into more complex creatures as they move through game levels and acquire weapons and power and special clothing.
World of Warcraft players are typically young adults, and very attentive to their game characters' detail.
"Some characters have horns for ears or extremely small swords or fingers or eyebrows," Iosch said. "We're talking about making fingers the size of thread."
Even with their nose-to-the-grindstone mentality, the odds of actually getting one of the FigurePrints is very low. They have a lottery each month to choose from 25,000 which of the 1,200-1,400 lucky recipients will be.
Find the rest of the story at the Vancouver Sun.