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“Planetary Designer” 3D Prints Custom Planets for Your Galactic Entertainment

Little Planet Factory, a one-man startup by George Ioannidis, uses 3D printing – specifically 3D Systems’ color jet printing technology for full color surfaces – to create worlds. Lots of worlds of all kinds. If industrial 3D printing is taking away jobs it is also creating new one: now “planetary designer” is officially a thing.
If you are into science fiction you will love the kinds of products made at the Little Planet Factory, especially with interplanetary sci-fi show like The Expanse being right in the middle of its second season. Ioannidis himself is admittedly a sci-fi fan, as he describes himself a “Someone who grew up watching Cosmos, reading Douglas Adams and happened to have extensive experience in 3D printing.” One day he searched for a Mars globe and after failing to find one to his liking decided to start making his own. And then was asked to make another one. And another one. And so on.

There are now 8 different collections (from Dwarf Planets to Tiny Miniatures and Moons) and several dozens planet models on between the Little Planet Factory and the relative Etsy shop (by the way have you seen how many 3D printed products are on Etsy? Yet I remember someone writing that “3D printing is dead” only a couple of months ago. (Right Newsweek and Motherboard?).

The 3D printed globes can have a maximum diameter of 200 mm (in case of one seamless, one-piece globes). Larger globes and terrains are possible as special orders but will need to be assembled out of multiple pieces. They are also significantly more expensive due to the additional structural thickening required to ensure the integrity of the walls. The minium dimaeter is 10 mm with optionally smaller objects if they are part of a multi-part model that requires them for scale purposes. The smaller these objects become the more detail is lost.

There are discounts for orders of more than 20 objects, depending on quantity / object mix / size. Those interested can request a quote and more details. Considering that we just discovered seven exoplanets just 40 light years away from Earth – and that trillions more are probably just waiting to be found – it looks like Mr Ioannidis has plenty of material to work with for the rest of time.

 

Victor Anusci

Victor does not really exist. He is a pseudonym for several writers in the 3D Printing Media Network team. As a pseudonym, Victor has also had a fascinating made-up life story, living as a digital (and virtual) nomad to cover the global AM industry. He has always worked extra-hard whenever he was needed to create unique content. However, lately, as our editorial team has grown, he is mostly taking care of publishing press releases.

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