Extreme Customization

Personalized snap-on covers for prosthetic limbs are an example of totemic objects. (Source: Bespoke Prosthetics)

The combination of improved interfaces, 3D printing technology, and 3D software will unleash a new world of extreme customization. Industrial designer Scott Summit, co-founder of Bespoke Innovations, is using 3D modeling and printing to pioneer a new approach to the creation of prosthetic limbs.  Summit’s company uses the exact shape and measurement of people’s bodies to create custom wearables: a backpack for firefighters that is molded individually to each user’s body, or a prosthetic lower leg precisely modeled on the shape of the other, healthy leg and custom-designed for the wearer.

We will also see all kinds of creative fun products derived from unique, individual physical characteristics. In early 2011, hacker artists built a “Be Your Own Souvenir” installation on the streets of Barcelona.  Three Kinect light scanners created volumetric reconstructions of poses struck by passers-by, then printed them on-the-spot with a RapMan 3.1 3D printer. Imagine a world in which you could capture an image of anything you did or saw, convert it to a software model, and send it to a printer.

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