3D Printing Week: Leonardo DiCaprio, Bulgaria, Design, Dollhouses

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Here’s the top 3D printing news from last week.

Although Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t win an Oscar, there’s still a chance for him to take home his own golden statue thanks to 3D printing. The designer community at 3D printing marketplace CGTrader came up with a number of designs for Leonardo DiCaprio Oscar statues, paying homage to his role Jordan Belford in Wolf of Wall Street.

Figurine for Leo Oscar

Artec Group has announced a partnership with ScanSource, a value-added distribution company with more than $4 billion in sales.  Artec Group and ScanSource have signed a Master Distribution Agreement naming ScanSource as the main distributor for Artec Group in the USA.

3D printing marketplace Threeding has announced a partnership with the regional historical museum of Pernik, Bulgaria. Under the agreement, Threeding.com will 3D scan museum exhibits and sell the digital models on its website Threeding.com.

Matthew Terrell is a member of the Horizon research department at the University of Nottingham in the UK. Terrell is interested in the motivations of designers, animators and users of 3D modeling communities, inspired by the work of MIT Professor Eric von Hippel on lead-user theory. To further his research, Terrell is reaching out to the design community in an open questionnaire called Motivations in Online 3D Communities.

If you are at SXSW this year, try to find Shapeways. 3D printing marketplace Shapeways announced that they will be offering selfie scans at SXSW so you can 3D print your own mini-me.

Designers often look for inspiration from classic methods. A guest post profiles the latest bioprinting technique called “Block Cell Printing” which is inspired by centuries’ old Chinese woodblock printing.

Digital Dollhouse Acquired by 3D Systems

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) continued its acquisition path with the purchase of Digital PlaySpace (DPS), a proprietary, innovative and immersive digital play platform that connects brands, retailers and consumers to 3D printable play activities. This 3D printed dollhouse maker was profiled at CES 2014.

Artec Group launched Shapify.Pro – a new version of its 3D-selfie technology designed for Microsoft Kinect owners – and a way to monetize 3D prints. The figurines are exact replicas of what is scanned by Kinect, 3D printed in monochrome or color plastic at 1/20th actual height.

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