There's always room for another design-it-yourself service and today is the launch of Mixee Me, a service specializing in personal design of figurines.
The concept is straightforward: you aren't able to design in 3D yourself, so you'd go to Mixee Me and use their incredibly easy web interface to design a personalized figurine. Your design is sent to Shapeways behind the scenes where it is 3D printed in full color. And yes, the full colors you selected in your design.
The figurines cost USD$25 plus shipping.
Nancy Yi Liang of Mixee Me says:
We believe in a future where anybody can make anything they want. Instead of ordering stock products through Amazon, you can download virtual 3D files, maybe tweak them to suit your specific needs, and send them to the printers.Each product can be customized to your specific needs. Holding something that you designed in your hands is a delightful, personal experience. It can really change the relationships people have with their stuff.
They're planning to add more custom-design creative experiences in the future.
We tested the service and found the interface to be very simple. In fact, it's almost too simple. At first we were perplexed by the lack of controls and seemingly restricted figurine shape, but after playing around for a while it became clear that you really could produce "your own" design. Check it out and you'll see what we mean.
Meanwhile, our design is looking cool.
Via Mixee Me