Little You announced a partnership allowing them to use Mimaki full color 3D printing technology.
Little You is a Toronto-based service anime creation service. Users operate a friendly interactive panel where they can design a simple 3D anime character. The service then 3D prints the uniquely-customized characters and ships them directly to you.
Little You explains:
“We’re reigniting imaginations with a user-friendly design platform that lets children create real-life anime figures through 3D printing. By allowing children to design and customize 3D characters, children are able to create a 3D character and customize every aspect of their appearance and identity. Users can select and add different costumes to design their 3D figure, and they also have the freedom to change colour, size and position for different add-on accessories. Little You will then bring the 3D model to life with 3D printing, which can be delivered anywhere in the world, and allow children to see the fruits of their artistic efforts in a new way.”
The company has been operating for some time, and has used several different full color 3D printing technologies. Most recently, they announced an arrangement with RIZE to use their full color technology.
The new arrangement involves a partnership with Objex Unlimited, a Toronto-based 3D print service and reseller.
It just happens that one of the services offered by Objex Unlimited is full color 3D printing using Mimaki equipment.
If you’re not familiar with Mimaki’s technology, you should be. Their UV curable inkjet process produces among the most realistic and vibrant colors from all of the full color 3D printing options. I’ve seen their prints (and machines) in action and the prints are amazingly realistic. That’s not surprising, given that the equipment is capable of reliably producing over 10M different colors.
Little You will be using Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 photorealistic 3D printer at Objex Unlimited, and specifically their CMYK Full Color Acrylic Resin. The new prints will certainly be more vibrant, shiny and apparently with increased safety for children.
Full color 3D printing has had a somewhat lower growth curve than “normal” 3D printing due to far fewer potential applications. Nevertheless, Mimaki, RIZE and the few other manufacturers of full color 3D printers have continued to identify application scenarios such as Little You to make good use of full color 3D printing technology.
The new material should make Little You’s products more attractive to clients and is a good move to gain traction.