Kickstarter Alert: 3D Print Your Own Gaming Figures With MechMaker

There are a bunch of geeky guys (many of them dads) over at IMAGIMOD, who came up with a great idea: build an app that’ll let you 3d design your own mechs for use in tabletop gaming, and then get them printed. I love that the software will let you get your designs professionally printed or, even better, print them yourself, so you can have more control over the final look. They’re running a Kickstarter campaign right now to get the app finished and up-and-running. Check it out:

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IMAGIMOD is currently completing a beta test of their patent-pending technology platform and is in discussions with a key group of game developers and entertainment IP licensors to integrate 3D printing capabilities. And because there was such a positive response to its prototype, the company decided to release it as its first consumer product, Mech Maker.

Mech Maker will allow users to create, customize and print unique characters for use in tabletop and other games. They can be 3D printed either via the user’s home machine or via one of IMAGIMOD’s fulfillment partners in various materials including full-color plastic, titanium, and even gold! The company launched a Kickstarter campaign on Friday, May 2, 2014 to raise the funding to complete the Mech Maker app for initial iOS release this summer on the AppStore. If they reach a stretch goal they’ll also release it for Android and other platforms.

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With Mech Maker users can customize their own mechs from hundreds of parts, colors, and patterns, then pose and 3D print them for endless tabletop gaming. With thousands of parts, thousands of color and textures, as well as fully flexible posing in 3D, the odds against anyone making the exact same mech are astronomical. So your mech is most likely the only one of its kind in the world. And you don’t just create mechs, you can create your own games too. Users are encouraged to share their best ideas with the Mech Maker community.

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IMAGIMOD is also planning to announce Mech Maker components designed by some very well known guest artists. Imagine piecing together your mech with parts by some of your favorite game and movie artists? The company be announcing more about that soon.

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