Asda 3D printing service, price misleading

By Posted 10 Oct 2013, 07:13

3D printing has become more accessible to you and I because 3D printers has gone down in price and size. However, there are still those of you who cannot afford one, and so you are not able to take advantage of these great machines. Asda aims to rectify this with a new service, although it is not as good as it seems.

The new Asda 3D printing service is about to go on trial in York, UK, and will charge just £40 for the service. Now while this price does sound decent for your end product, which will be 8 inches in size, they don’t mention the extra cost to have it painted.

Asda says that anything can be scanned, so ideal if you are pregnant and wish to have a 3D model of your bump to keep and show your child once he or she grows up. The scans will be taken in-store with a special 3D scanner, where it can identify more than 6 million different colors.

Those scanned images will then be sent to a 3D printing factory, where the subject will be recreated as a 3D model. That price is just a starting guide because if you want anything larger, then you will have to pay more.

We cannot understand why Asda are not offering details as to how much it will cost to have these models in color. However, they do say they can be made in white, bronze-style or color.

If you were thinking of heading to Asda in York on October 15, which is when the trial will begin, then you will need to stand still for two minutes, as this is how long it will take to scan the subject. Asda plans to launch this service nationwide if it proves successful – we just wonder how long it will be before we see the Tesco 3D printing service?

Asda 3D printing service, price misleading