The Smartest Dumb Use Yet for 3-D Printing: Personalized Bobbleheads

likenessme - Monday, July 10, 2017.
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There are a lot of dumb uses for 3-D printing, from plastic bikinis to plastic lampshades to plastic rat-shaped cookie cutters. But today I ran across my favorite dumb use for 3-D printing yet: personalized bobblehead dolls.


For around $90, will convert any headshot—of you, your significant other, your cat, your boss, etc.—into a bouncy-headed figurine via the magic of 3-D printing. I haven’t tried it, so I can’t vouch for the quality, but the pictures and videos on the website suggest HeadBobble’s machines can turn out a pretty fair likeness.


As I explained in a story on 3-D printing hype earlier this year, there are plenty of very smart and worthwhile applications for additive manufacturing technologies, mostly in either rapid prototyping or customized high-end industrial products. And then there are the aforementioned dumb applications, which include most of the things you can make on a home desktop 3-D printer. But I’m going to call the bobbleheads a smart dumb application.


It’s dumb in that no one on earth needs such a thing. But it’s smart in that it’s almost perfectly suited to the medium. 3-D printers work best in plastic-like materials, and their virtue is that they make it economically feasible to manufacture one-off novelties. Unless you’re a celebrity, you’re probably one of the few people in the world who would want a bobblehead of you. Voila—now you can have it, for a semi-reasonable price.


I say “semi-reasonable” because there are other companies out there, such as, that offer custom bobbleheads without 3-D printing for comparable prices. Apparently they employ skilled bobblehead artisans who hand-sculpt them and paint them. That sounds like it would be far more expensive—so why is HeadBobble competing solely on quality instead of price? This suggests that even the smartest dumb uses of 3-D printing are still not all that economical, at least for the time being. (Either that, or HeadBobble is rolling in some serious profit margins.)


In theory, custom bobbleheads are something you could produce on a home printer as well. But the cheaper models still print in monotone, so the results look rather amateurish. That’s a problem I’m confident that technological advances will eventually address.


In the meantime, you’ll be glad to know that HeadBobble is 99-percent confident you’ll love their work.

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We believe for our customers the final products are the most important. Resin Plastic dolls will look darker in color, compare to POLYMER CLAY dolls, which are brighter in color, smoother in touch and much better quality in details. You can tell it's completely handmade by looking at the edge and some trace of fingerprints. We believe our customers deserve a 100% custom hand made product, rather than some low quality massed produced product. We will only use Resin Plastic and paint if requested by customer and get specific permission doing so. 

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We always offer the sample proofing service for free, just in order to ensure the highest likeness and satisfactory from you guys. During the proofing process, you can put whatever occur to your mind into the creation of your bobble head along with our sculptor, there will have no limitation in communication and modification, until you satisfy. 

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