Sandboxr, which launched in Salt Lake City in 2011, offers an application that allows people who don't own a 3D printer – who may in fact never have seen 3D modeling or CAD software – to create 3D printed scenes and characters.
Using the Sandboxr technology, the makers of the popular Infinity Blade III game are making it possible to use an in-game interface to fully design a character, right down to armor, appearance and weaponry – and then simply press a button to have the figurine manufactured and shipped to their front door.
Sandboxr and ChAIR Entertainment are pioneering a technology sure to be popular with gamers around the world.
"We have the ability to take those digital characters right out of the game," said ChAIR Entertainment co-founder Donald Mustard.
Mustard says the idea will drive the "next generation of toys," and he adds that the concept of personalized figurines from a game on a phone is mind blowing – and yet simple. Mustard says it's as easy as creating the avatar you want to play in the Infinity Blade game app, picking a helmet, a sword and a pose, and then hit the button for "Buy 3D statue."
What comes out at the end of the process? A fully colored, 3D printed, sandstone figurine from the game, and the cost is as little as $29.
The partnership between the two companies keeps the much talked about S.T.E.M or science and technology jobs of the future in Utah. Mustard, a Utah original, has kept his high-tech company in the heart of Utah because he says he can attract local graduates and the best and brightest from around the world while keeping his business where it began.
"There is such strong innovation here, so many amazing talented people in Utah doing cutting edge things," said Mustard.
Utilizing Sandboxr's sophisticated character customization and 3D printing process, users can take something from the virtual world, customize it, and push a button to transform it into the physical world.
"With its focus on customization and strong characters, Infinity Blade is the perfect fit for our platform and is the ideal partner to launch the first in-game 3D printing experience," said TJ Young, Co-Founder/President of Sandboxr. "With our proprietary software, state-of-the-art 3D printing facility and Infinity Blade's customizable interface, there's no limit to what fans can create."
Founded in 2011 by Berkley Frei and TJ Young, Sandboxr is a 3D print and software development company based in Salt Lake City, Utah.