Kat Kinkead and Peter Weijmarshausen met at their outdated firm, Shapeways. Weijmarshausen lately stepped down as CEO and was in search of one thing cool to do when he and Kinkead realized that the most well-liked software of 3D scanning and printing was in 3D collectible figurines. These tiny action-figure-like representations have been wildly in style print topics again at Shapeways however they have been notoriously troublesome to seize and print.
Now, because of enhancements in scanning, shade printing, and software program, they’re surprisingly simple. Thus Beheld was born.
Kinkead, the CEO, has an MFA in industrial design and has labored within the 3D printing business for half a decade. She helped construct 3D printing procedures for locations like Michael Kors and so they based Beheld in January 2017. They’ve raised a small quantity of angel funding.
The system is easy: you enter a booth-sized scanner and strike a pose. The scanner takes a number of photos of your physique in 360 levels after which stitches them collectively, making a 3D mannequin you could share with your folks free of charge. If you wish to print your self, nonetheless, it would price you about $40.
“What separates us from others within the business is: We’re making 3D scanning an expertise,” mentioned Kinkead. “We’re taking the elements which exist already, and neatly tying them collectively to create a really enjoyable and memorable expertise for shoppers whereas concurrently making a turnkey expertise for companies. We’re putting scanners in an atmosphere that makes them accessible to everybody.”
The imaginative and prescient is to have 3D scanning kiosks in malls and different high-trafficked locations. As a result of the service is free to attempt the pair suppose that they’ll get fairly a little bit of upsell within the course of.
It wasn’t laborious convincing customers that they wished to scan themselves. It wasn’t even laborious to persuade them to pay a couple of for a 3D print.
“As soon as the thought involves thoughts that they, themselves, might really be 3D printed, that’s once I would see the true pleasure in individuals. Whether or not it was merely to have a 3D print of themselves or to make use of a 3D scan of their physique to make objects that have been personalized to suit them completely — that’s when the true sparks would fly,” mentioned Kinkead.
The crew plans to roll out 3D scanning kiosks in spots throughout America and Europe. They’ve additionally created particular results that may make you seem and disappear in fireworks and clouds of smoke, the higher to please the Snapchat era. In spite of everything, who desires a selfie when you can also make your self seem and disappear right into a cloud of particles?