Take Your Wedding to a Whole New Dimension

Everyone knows weddings can be a little hectic, to say the least. So, we here at Holodeck want to make your life a little easier by introducing you to our beautiful custom wedding cake toppers and our fun 3D photo booth!

Wedding Cake Toppers: 

Our wedding cake toppers will be sure to top off your big day. We would love to make you one of our custom sandstone models that you can use to top your cake. Just stop by our studio on any weekend day or make an appointment that matches your busy schedule.

When you arrive we will have everything ready to go so all you have to do is have fun. Step into our photo booth with your fiance and we will take 178 photos all at once that are taken from every angle to ensure we get your model looks just like you and your fiance. 

Do as many outfit changes and poses as you want (seriously!). We want to make sure you walk away feeling excited about your one-of-a-kind wedding cake topper. 

After you feel like we have the shot, we will submit it right then and there and you should get an email with a computerized version of your model (the GIF file) within a half hour.  About two to three weeks later, you will have your topper ready to be picked up (or we can ship it anywhere in the world). 

3D Photo Booth: 

Our photo booth is a fun and unique activity that you can have at your wedding. Just tell us the date and time of your day and we will bring the photo booth to you so that you and your guests can have a blast taking pictures that we can turn into 3D models later on. Plus everyone will walk away with a GIF of their 3D model sent to their email for free!

High Tech Weddings:

Having the latest trends at your wedding will bring a whole new dimension to your day (along with some oohs and ahhs from your friends, of course). The Today Show just did a story about a couple who did a 3D wedding cake topper, along with all sorts of other unique twists. To check it out, click on the link bellow!

http://www.today.com/video/see-a-high-tech-wedding-in-action-from-e-invitations-to-gopro-and-drone-cameras-856336451926

3D Sculptures: What is involved in building a sculpture after the photo?

This is an overview on what needs to happen to a raw 3D scan before it becomes a full color 3D printed figurine.

One of the most overlooked items is how much time and effort it takes to turn a raw 3D scan into a product their end customer is happy with.  Multiple hours of manual digital post-processing are required to turn the raw data produced by your full body 3D scanner into something that will turn out well when printed on a full color 3D printer. This is almost the complete opposite of regular photography where we are used to being able to instantly print beautiful looking photographs when only spending a few minutes in Adobe Photoshop to touch them up.

Here is the list of everything you need to do for making 3D figurines from raw 3D scans:

  1. Process raw 3D scan data at "print-level" quality (2 to 8 hours of computer time)
  2. Send raw 3D scan to 3D artist (1 to 6 hours of person time)
  3. Scale touched up 3D scan (5 minutes of person time)
  4. Load touched-up and scaled 3D scan into the 3D printer’s software and start the 3D print (5 minutes of person time)
  5. Run full color 3D printer (3 to 20 hours of printer time)
  6. Remove the 3D print(s) from the 3D printer (15 minutes of person time)
  7. Post process the 3D prints that were deemed acceptable quality (20 minutes of person time)
  8. Spray "Fix All" onto the sculpture to minimize sun bleaching
  9. 2 step waterproofing process
  10. Pack and ship the 3D prints (5 minutes of person time)

 

1. Process raw 3D scan data at "print-level" quality

While not all 3D figurine companies do this, it is becoming more and more common. Instead of just sending a 3D scan off to a 3D artist right away, some companies will reprocess the 3D scans with more robust algorithms. The reprocessing can sometimes automatically remove problems from the 3D scan such as texture misalignment, inaccurate geometry, etc. 

2. Send raw 3D scan to 3D artist

 

Once you have reprocessed your raw 3D scan, you would send it off to a 3D artist. A 3D artist will use 3D software programs (such as Zbrush, Maya, 3DS Max, etc) to fix any remaining issues with the file. Because of the variance in 3D scan data quality, 3D artists will normally spend an average of 1-6 hours fixing a single 3D scan.

3. Scale touched-up 3D scan

When all of the 3D digital edits have been made to the 3D scan, the file needs to be scaled appropriately. Most 3D printers take their measurements in millimeters so we will want to make sure we set the units correctly and then scale the model to the appropriate height. For example, if the customer wanted a 9 inch full color 3D print, we would scale to 229 mm. 

4. Load touched-up and scaled 3D scan into the 3D printer’s software and start the 3D print

Loading the file into the 3D print software is pretty straightforward. You will want to make sure everything is oriented in the print bed properly and take note of the estimated finish time.

5. Run full color 3D printer

 

Once you start the full color 3D printer, you must wait until your files are done printing. Depending on how many full color 3D prints you put in the printer at once, this can take anywhere from 3 to 20 hours. Every couple of hours it is a good idea to check on the full color 3D printer to make sure it is still running successfully, as the printer may error out during the process.

6. Remove the 3D print(s) from the 3D printer

When the printer finishes, the parts dry in the 3D print bed for 2-3 hours. After drying, the prints are carefully removed and inspected for breakage, color shift, build lines etc (all print quality issues).  Normally 1 in 3 prints will need to be reprinted because of a defect.

7. Post process the 3D prints that were deemed acceptable quality

After removing the 3D prints from the 3D printer and inspecting quality, it is time to dip the prints in super glue to lock in the colors and give them strength. Once dipped in the super glue, the prints need to dry for 2 to 3 hours before they're ready to be packed and shipped to customers.  Then a UV inhibitor is sprayed on (exactly what is used on paintings), then a spray to reduce water damage).

8. Pack and ship the 3D prints

When the prints are dry from the super glue, the 3D printed figurines are off to customers. The sculptures need to packed carefully to minizmize breakage that can happen in shipping.

 

Conclusion

By now, you've probably realized that doing 3D printed figurines is pretty time consuming which is why most companies outsource it. On average there is about 4 hours of manual work that needs to be done on each 3D scan before it can be delivered to a customer as a 3D printed figurine. 

Seattle Pridefest 2016: Stephanie and friends

We were able to capture Stephanie and her friends at the Seattle PrideFest. It is the largest free Pride Festival in the United States and the biggest LGBT gathering in the Pacific Northwest, taking place the last Sunday of every June.  Bringing together non-profits, local and national musical acts, and DJs, bands, drag queens, and activists on 3 stages, PrideFest is a major cultural event whose goal is to remember the LGBT community’s past, celebrate our victories, and prepare for a future of equality.

We had a great time meeting 100s of people at the event! The best surprise was learning we could get good scans with just a canopy overhead. We will be back next year.

Stephanie and friends at Pridefest 2016

Stephanie and friends at Pridefest 2016

13th Wedding Anniversary

A couple celebrating their wedding anniversary wanted a sculpture of themselves in the clothes they wore 13 years ago. In that time, she had lost 130 pounds and wanted to celebrate her transformation. So after we took the picture they wanted, we showed them something they had never done before... riding piggyback. 

So with big smiles all around, we captured a great shot of her riding piggyback on her husband's back. We hope we have started a new tradition for them to stay young for many years to come.