3D Makery launches latest scanning and printing tech that lets Nigerians print portraits

The introduction of this service marks the first of its kind in Africa and one of the few that are available globally.


Africa’s first 3-dimension (3D) scanning and printing services founded by Nigerian serial entrepreneur, Israel Ovirih has launched a first of its kind 3D scanning and printing service - 3D Makery.

Speaking at the 3-day unveiling event at Ikeja City Mall, Lagos, 3D Makery Nigeria Chairman and Founder, Israel Ovirih stated that the one-of-a-kind disruptive technology will outshine any other technology aiding youth employment through self-dependence in Nigeria.

According to him, “3D technology is opening up a whole new world of possibilities and the reward of 3D printing technology is that the scan can be used to produce a full color figurine known as a ‘Shapie.’ So, rather than a half cooked snapshot you can have a 3D printed sculpture to either keep as your own or give as a gift.”

“We’re thrilled bringing this advanced 3D tools and knowledgeable support team to help grow Nigeria’s technology business. We have had success and satisfaction with this technology and, upon experiencing the technology ourselves, knew it would be a benefit for Nigerians. We are confident customers will embrace this technology. While it’s still wonderful to have collections of photos, this 3D technology offers a new way to revisit a memory with a 3D portrait,” Ovirih added.

On the mechanics of the 3D technology, Damola Kolawole, Chief Operating Officer, 3D Makery Nigeria, explained that the booth where all this magic happens contains four wide-view, high-resolution scanners that rotate around the person inside in order to capture them from all angles. The level of detail that can be captured by these scanners is such that it will even pick up things like a logo on a shirt or the jersey of your favorite sports team.

“The hundreds of images that are generated in this way are then automatically stitched together with special software and a 3D model is generated from that composite. After the digital model is created, the figurine can then be produced,” He concluded,

The event recorded massive turnout with notable faces in the Nigeria entertainment industry such as former Mr. Nigeria Bryan Okwara, Sound Sultan, Ghanian actress Juliet Ibrahim present at the event.


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