Turn your Facebook profile into a personalised monster, with The Creators Project's new series of online 3D-printing apps. Plus our round-up of more data-to-3D-printing ideas
The Creators Project, in association with Vice, have launched a series of web apps that allow you to turn your Facebook user data into a 3D printed sculpture. The three different apps offer different final sculptures, and you can use your data to created a personalised monster, a rock crystal, or an astrological horoscope. After you've gone through the various online stages, your sculpture is printed by Shapeways, and sent to you.
There are three different experiences to choose from: Monster Me, Crystallized and Astroverb. Monster Me features characters created by the South Korean Sticky Monster Lab, and uses your various Facebook likes to build up a monster caricature. There's the added option of 'growing' your monster by posting to your Facebook timeline, and you can also add buildings that correspond to your various interests.
The Crystallized web app generates a crystal using your Facebook friend data, with each point of the crystal representing a friend, and your relationship with them.
Once your crystal has been generated, there's the option to add friends to it, as well as change the colours before it's printed.
Astroverb creates a personalised horoscope, which 'analyses your profile to reveal your destiny'.
This isn't the first time 3D printing has been used to transform data into a physical product. Design agency Sapient Nitro send out personalised 3D-printed Christmas stars last year, using the receiver's Facebook data to determine the sizes and lengths of each of the points of the star.
3D production company, Inition, also used data to create a 3D printed sculpture, in a project for Manor House Development Trust. The final result used data taken from an online questionnaire, and featured a forest made up of more than 400 3D-printed trees, with each tree corresponding to an individual answer.
Product design studio Shapes in Play have also been using 3D-printing to turn infographics into sculptures that demonstrate the energy content and CO2 equivalent of different dishes of food.
And last year, Realitat used 3D-printing to create microsonic landscapes - sculptural forms created using data from albums by various artists. Shown below are representations of Portishhead and Nick Drake albums.
You may also remember the 3D photobooth, set up in Omote in Tokyo by Japanese agency Party, which turned full-body scans of people into miniature printed versions.
And last year we also wrote about designer Matthew Plummer-Fernandez's 3D-printed glitch tea set, which took scans of non-matching tea cups and saucers, and recreated a glitchy printed version of the originals.