Print 3D in 2D

A new 3D print service has launched, SnapilyPro, but it's not what you think: they print 3D models in 2D. 
 
The service accepts 3D photoshop PSD files and uses lenticular printing to produce a flat surface image that appears to move when you rotate the image. 
 
Why would you use a 2D print service when you really want 3D? Perhaps you want to produce mailable samples of a model before committing to actual printing, which would be quite a bit more expensive. For example, Snapily  will produce a 5x7 inch 2D image of your 3D model for only USD$12, and there are substantial volume discounts.  
 
Another potential 3D application is as an adornment for a 3D model. One could imagine using lenticular elements as "windows" on an architectural or vehicular model when it would be difficult to properly finish an interior portion. 
 

General Fabb

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has been writing Fabbaloo posts since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!

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