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Have you ever made up a character in your head, and wished you could make that character real? Physically hold them in your hand?
DesktopHero is a web app that lets you easily design your own characters for 3D printing. You start with a basic 3D figure - then add armor, clothes, hair, and weapons, crafting your hero onscreen.
When you're done, you can download the file and get it 3D printed into a real, physical object - to paint, to hold, to use in games... to keep on your desk and stare at while you should be working... ;-)
DesktopHero lets you turn your ideas into a physical reality, and we think you'll love it.
We've already been working on DesktopHero for several months to develop a proof of concept. Check out this video to see it in action:
We are aware that similar services do exist out there on the internet. Here are the things that make DesktopHero stand out!
It's Free and it's Yours. Once you design a character, you can download the file for free, then use it however you want - including commercially.
Make as Many as You Want. There is no limit to how many characters you can download! That means you can make multiple versions of a character with different weapons or clothing, or print an entire party of different characters! It's still free.
It's Easy to Use. We've tested this on middle schoolers and adults alike - no artistic or 3d modeling skills required. Just use the buttons and sliders in the app to load assets and poses designed by our artists.
Great question! You're not alone - even though 3D printers are becoming more affordable, most people still don't have one at home. If that's your situation, consider the following:
- You may know someone who does. Believe it or not, chances are good that someone you know has a 3D printer and would be willing to print a character for you.
- Many universities, schools and public libraries offer 3D printing services. Check online - often, these types of places will either print your model for you or teach you how to print it yourself. I can get my characters printed at a local library for about $2 each.
- You can order prints of your models online. Some commercial websites (Shapeways is a popular one) let you upload a 3D model, then have it printed and delivered to your home. This tends to be pricier, but also gives you plenty of options for how you want your character printed.
So, what exactly can you do with DesktopHero? If we reach our funding goal of $2,000, we will be able to deliver the basic version of DesktopHero, which includes the following features:
- Create a male or female character
- Choose hair/hairstyle
- Choose clothing, including shirt, pants and armor
- Choose handheld props and weapons
- Load character into different poses
- Save character to a 3D printable file
- 1 Asset Pack (which means 10 different hair options, 8 pants, 14 shirts, and 10 weapons/props)
Basic DesktopHero is cool, but additional funding will allow us to make DesktopHero even better! Check out some of the neat features we hope to add:
3D printing is fun - if you've ever sat and watched something being 3D printed, you'll know what we mean. But it gets even more fun when it's your own design being printed. That's what we want to bring to people - the ability to turn your own idea into a real, physical object.
Thank you for supporting DesktopHero. We're excited to see what you make!
Update: 3DPrint.com wrote an article about DesktopHero! Check it out!
Important Announcement! Gaming legend, designer and artist Larry Dixon has stepped in and volunteered to do a number of designs for us! You may know him as a convention guest for over 30 years, a past Author GoH at Gencon, or for his novels with Mercedes Lackey. Or you might know his work on the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, or the 60+ RPGs he’s contributed to since the 1970s.
Larry has volunteered to give us the wing and tail reference used for the Great Eagles for the New Line films, to use in designing the 3D models for the Wings stretch goal! This is the same reference that was used to make the most detailed digital golden eagle model in the world.
We're happy to have Larry's support. You can check out the cool work he's done on his website.
Risks and challenges
We are very confident in our ability to build and deliver DesktopHero.
The reason for this is because we've already created a fully working prototype, with all of the key features listed above. Future work involves refining and expanding DesktopHero, rather than creating it from scratch. In other words, the hard part is already done.
That said, the main challenge in this project is one of time. DesktopHero is not our full-time job, which means that there may be times when progress is slower. However, we are committed to making DesktopHero happen. If progress gets too slow, we will hire additional staff to keep things moving.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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