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The Shapify 3D scanning technology continues to open up new countries and regions, and next up on our list is the bustling Middle East. At 10 PM July 15, a Shapify Booth will go up and running at the Al-Raya shopping center in Kuwait. The booth will be operated by a local company, 3D Utopia, which was the first to bring 3D printing to Kuwait in mid-2014. The unveiling of the Shapify Booth promises to be a really one of a kind event – this booth launch will be attended by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah, Kuwait’s Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs.
“We are very excited to present our Shapify booth in Kuwait, especially after the positive response we received at the DEAL show in Dubai earlier this year,” says Artyom Yukhin, president and CEO of Artec 3D. “The Shapify booth has been significantly popular in Asia, the U.S. and Western Europe, and we are thrilled to be sharing our 3D technologies with consumers in the Middle East. Although 3D technology, specifically 3D printing, is widely heard of in the news, it has not reached the stage where it is easily accessible to the average consumer. We aim to change this and believe the Shapify Booth can become many people’s first interaction with 3D technologies. Through Shapify Booth, we also endeavor to showcase the opportunities that 3D scanning and printing technology presents to enterprises and companies in the Middle East.”
Located on the mall’s ground floor near the Caribou coffee shop, the booth will employ Artec’s tried-and-tested technology to scan customers in just 12 seconds, create a detailed 3D model automatically in 5 minutes and produce a high-quality 3D-printable file in 15 minutes. The file can then be sent to a printing center to be turned into a full-color mini-statue, which the customer can pick up a few days later or have delivered to their address. A mini-me figurine, also called a shapie, is a new great way to capture life’s most important moments, such as marriage, graduation and pregnancy, and can make a really special keepsake.
“We have been the authorised partner for Artec 3D in the GCC for over a year and we’ve started marketing Artec handheld scanners. We are glad to collaborate for their first Shapify Booth in Kuwait. We are optimistic that ‘shapie’, the 3D version of your body, will take the ‘selfie’ concept to the next level. As 3D printing and scanner suppliers, we are in a position to give a complete proposition to clients in the region,” said Ashish Panjabi, COO, Jacky’s Business Solutions L.L.C., who has contributed a great deal to bringing the Shapify Booth to Kuwait.
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