3D Printing Arrives to High Street
(Guardian) iMakr, a 3D printing workshop based in Clerkenwell in London, is opening a 3D pop-up shop and studio in the Oxford Street branch of Selfridges next month. Shoppers will be able to purchase 3D printed items created by product designers, use 3D software to print designs of their choice and purchase 3D printers for their homes, but the main draw is likely to be the opportunity to have a bust or full length 3D model printed of yourself.
IMakr’s founder Sylvain Preumont suspects that “people who are proud of themselves may order many copies.” Although he also expects proud parents to get their child’s head printed to send to an aunty overseas.
Whether mini-models will turn out to be the “killer app” for 3D printing is a moot point. The price of printers is falling, iMakr’s cheapest model is £669, but as Preumont points out the real barrier to their uptake is our imagination: “We are good at buying but owning things isn’t the same as designing.”