Unyq’s Unique 3D Printed Fairings

By on July 13th, 2014 in Service

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We’re checking out a new business that supplies prosthetic fairings using 3D printing tech: Unyq. 

We’ve seen this approach before, where a missing leg’s shape is reproduced by scanning the surviving leg, reversing the 3D model to duplicate the missing leg and 3D printing the result. The method involves 3D printing a “fairing”, a thin shell that’s temporarily attached to the actual mechanical prosthetic underneath. 

Unyq takes a full-on designer approach to the problem. They prepare a 3D model of the leg shape based on user-provided photographs, unlike previous approaches that involved complex 3D scanning equipment. With Unyq’s process, no visit to a 3D scanning studio is required. This means their business model is far more expandable – anyone, anywhere should be able to use their service. 

We’re really amazed at the creativity exhibited by Unyq. One look at their shopping pages shows a wide variety of (sometimes) crazy designs that ought to get people excited. There’s no dull, human-like options here; most of the designs would fit right into the wardrobe truck of any recent science fiction movie. 

Using the service is pretty straightforward; you simply select the coolest design for you, send in a selection of leg images and Unyq will prepare a 3D model for printing. They’ll complete the model by finishing it, including painting. If you happen to be a designer yourself, they’ll be happy to work with you to implement your own design. They’re now offering a way to provide fairings for double amputees, but without a good leg to scan, we presume that simply opens a window for even more creativity. 

As of this writing the company offers twenty-five unique designs, ranging in price from the oddly priced USD$531.38 models to over USD$1,000. 

This, we believe, is the future. A business providing custom products to everyone, powered by the technology of 3D printing. 

There will be more. 

Via Unyq

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo 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!