Reporting by Kristin Coleman
Given 3D printing's meteoric rise over the past year, it's no surprise that crowds were swarming around the iMakr booth at 100% Design. Inside the skeletal frame of a 100 square meter "house," the UK-based online retailer (and owner of the world's largest 3D printing store) brought its "Factory at Home" concept to the show floor, displaying various 3D printing models and 3D printed objects ranging from lighting, furniture and architectural models to cutlery, jewelry and sculptures.
iMakr staff gave live demonstrations using some of the industry's best desktop 3D printers from companies like MakerBot, Ultimaker and FlashForge.
100% Design was also the occasion for iMakr to launch its new Print on Demand service called My Mini Factory, allowing designers to upload their own models or download free 3D printable files from the company's in-house team of designers.
Combining the latest in 360-degree scanning and 3D printing technologies (along with a healthy dose of narcissism), iMakr gave people the chance to walk away with a full body, full color replica of themselves—a service the company plans to offer in London's department store, Selfridges, this winter.