van Straaten’s 3D Print Accessibility Strategy

By on June 17th, 2014 in Design

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3D print artist Eric van Straaten has developed a unique pricing strategy to enable more people to own a print of his incredible designs. 

van Straaten’s work is well known and admired; his colorful pieces are unique and playful takes on the human form. But, he has found the market is limited for larger works due the cost of 3D printing. 

The artist’s new strategy is to produce not only the full-size models, but also miniature “collectible” versions that he calls, “Humbelles”. He says: 

The idea is that people who love my work, but for instance can’t afford a bigger piece, will be inspired to collect the miniatures. That’s why I will be offering the Humbelle pieces online for a limited amount of time (3 months). During this period, they will become more expensive (so if you want one ‘cheap’, you have to jump in quick;)! Every two months, I will be adding a miniature to the collection, so there will be a flow of collectibles.

We think this is a practical way to permit almost any admirer of his work to participate – and the sequenced release truly makes them “collectible”. 

Via Eric van Straaten