Mia Sohns, a small business owner and former graduate of the SCORE-supported Entrepreneur Workshop Series, recently awarded three summer readers at Macedon Public Library with detailed figurines of themselves.
The sandstone, 3D printed figures were made possible by a scanning booth Sohns and her husband, Rudy, set up in the library’s Community Room during its celebration of summer reading achievement. Interested patrons could investigate the photo booth and were allowed to stand in the booth to experience what it is like to pose for a figure.
Many children were fascinated by the booth, which looks a bit like an igloo adorned with small cameras on the inside. The cameras simultaneously take pictures of the person posing inside from every angle. These images are transmitted via Wi-Fi to a server and used to generate a 3D printed figurine.
“This process is really cutting edge,” Sohns said. “We wanted to bring something to the area that would give people a way to create something really special to commemorate important moments for generations to come.”
Sohns approached the library about offering the opportunity to make the figurines as a prize for those who participated in the summer reading program. Director Stacey Wicksall thought it would be a unique prize and opportunity.
“I liked the exposure it would give children to applied uses of technology and that the children would even have the opportunity to see some of the equipment involved,” Wicksall said. “Often times, children hear about technology being important, but the chance to see real-world examples is limited. Plus, to be honest, I thought the figurines were really amazing and would thrill the three lucky kids whose names would be drawn for this prize in our summer reading raffles.”
Children recently picked up their figurines at the library. It took about three weeks for the figures to be printed and shipped.
Email info@memoriesin3D.com for information about 3D printed figurines.