Printed Fandom

Consumers turn to 3D printing for personal pop culture expression

Implications - Maker culture is expanding to digital customization as a way to boost fan appreciation. Customizing merchandise and TV memorabilia with 3D-printing techniques, consumers are using technology as a source for not only convenience, but pop culture involvement, allowing for a more customized form of fandom.
SCORE: 4.6
Mild Top 5 Examples: 16,896 Total Clicks Aug 13 - Feb 15
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Consumer Insight Topics: Pop CultureArt & DesignPolitical
Pop Culture Buddha Figurines - Chris Milnes Turns Superheroes and Villains into 3D-Printed Deities
SCORE: 6.9
V. Hot 5,895 Clicks Pub: Feb 13, 15
Pop Culture Buddha Figurines
Chris Milnes Turns Superheroes and Villains into 3D-Printed Deities
Chris Milnes is an Etsy user who transforms famous superheroes and villains into Buddha figurines that are created using 3D-printed technology. Fans of cultural deities and symbolism will appreciate... [More]
3D-Printed Character Models - Joaquin Baldwin Creates Stunning Replicas
SCORE: 6.3
Hot 7,362 Clicks Pub: Aug 15, 13
3D-Printed Character Models
Joaquin Baldwin Creates Stunning Replicas
Reddit user Joaquin Baldwin created these amazingly accurate low-poly figures of various characters from the immensely successful Final Fantasy VII (FF7). Each model was created using a 3D color... [More]
DIY Robot Toys - Hasbro Adds 3D Printed Transformers to Shapeway's SuperFanArt Category
SCORE: 4.9
Mild 2,085 Clicks Pub: Dec 5, 14
DIY Robot Toys
Hasbro Adds 3D Printed Transformers to Shapeway's SuperFanArt Category
The success of customized My Little Pony toys has opened the door for similar creations such as 3D printed Transformers. By expanding their options for what can be tweaked by the customer, Hasbro... [More]
Pixelated Fantasy Show Characters - Game of Thrones by LeBlox Digitize Fan's Favorite Characters
SCORE: 1.7
Untested 904 Clicks Pub: Mar 29, 14
Pixelated Fantasy Show Characters
Game of Thrones by LeBlox Digitize Fan's Favorite Characters
For those who are jonesing for a fix until a certain hit HBO television show hits the air on April 16, 2014, the pixelated series aptly titled Game of Thrones by LeBlox, a creative studio based in... [More]
3D Printed Voice Sculptures - This Obama Speech Art Explores Tech Advances
SCORE: 1.7
Untested 650 Clicks Pub: Nov 24, 13
3D Printed Voice Sculptures
This Obama Speech Art Explores Tech Advances
3D printing is set to revolutionize the world, and one artist has made his mark by turning Barack Obama’s speech on the topic into a 3D voice sculpture. Sculptor Gilles Azzaro began working on... [More]