Cryptic Studios teams up with Mixed Dimensions to offer 12-inch custom 3D prints of player starships.
Video games don’t typically offer anything physical to play with beyond a DVD or an artbook if you purchase a limited edition version. But it seems 3D printing is presenting an opportunity for developers and publishers to offer gamers not only something physical, but also a unique collectible.
Cryptic Studios, both the developer and publisher of massively-multiplayer online (MMO) game Star Trek Online, has teamed up with Mixed Dimensions to offer players a new service from March: custom 3D printed and hand-painted starship models.
In the online game, players have access to over 500 different types of starship which they can name and customize by selecting colors, shield skins, and parts. Once the starship is to your liking in-game, you can request a 3D printed version direct from Mixed Dimensions. Each 12-inch model is created using resin and is offered as a hand-painted model, a single-color model, or a pre-primed model you can paint yourself.
Mixed Dimensions is a company specializing in combining 3D printing technology with on-demand customized print jobs. Its GamePrint platform is what Cryptic will be taking advantage of from next month to create the personalized starships, but for now, there’s no detail on pricing. Don’t expect the models to be cheap, though, especially if you want yours hand-painted.
Mixed Dimensions also runs a service called 3DCollectible where you can upload a 3D model and have it 3D printed and painted. Prices fall in the $400-$500 range per model. Should we expect the same for custom starship 3D prints?