Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A 3D Princess? Disney Lets Them Eat Cake

Recently Brad Hart of Forbes.com pondered "Will 3D Printing Change The World?". For the lucky few 3-12 year old want-to-be princesses that get a reservation at Disney's D-Tech Me Princess experience, the answer is likely a resounding yes.

Personally, I am wondering why Disney is limiting this to princesses, since I'd much rather be someone like Aqua - but I digress.

This week Salome and I dive into a little Disney tech-talk: from 3D princesses to the cake they eventually make us eat. So now we have 3D princesses, interactive cakes and balloons that hold their shape, but I still think the best new addition is the interactive cemetery at the Haunted House.

Episode notes:
Before you drag your sons and daughters to the D-Tech Princess experience pay attention to the fine print: the would-be princesses must be beween 3-12 years old, you need a reservation, and don't forget the plastic. Each seven-inch Princess figurine is $99.95 (plus $15.95 shipping. Canadian and International shipping begins at $75.00). Guests can order additional replica seven-inch figurines for $74.95 each or a three-inch replica for $39.95.

Cha-ching.  That's the sound of experience.

I had forgotten that in 2006, Second Life resident Hal9k Andalsoa started a 3D printing company called Fabjectory that would print a 3D copy of your avatar.  Prices ranged from $49 for a 2″ avatar to $99 for a 7″ version.

Here's a shot of Pathfinder Linden (Jon Lester) with his delightful artifact.

cc image courtesy flickr.com/photos/pathfinderlinden/292637770

I am sorry I never took advantage of that at the time - Fabjectory appears to be defunct.

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