“Printing times of 18 hours or more don’t frighten us. Print failures are virtually absent. This printer can rightly be called an “out of the box” printer. Our first print was produced immediately after unpacking. A test cube, then a shoe pad -and with excellent quality. It took a little time to get used to the printer, but after 2 months, I can confidently say that the Raise3D N2 Dual is the ideal 3D printer for small batch production.”
Russian fabricator Ольги Шулятецкой, known in English as Livemaster, solve a unique set of problems for the doll enthusiasts and collectors that they serve.
The Livemaster creative studio creates a variety of 3D printed accessories for dolls. Shoes, soles, mannequins, accessories, jewelry and more.
For many, creating a customized character is something that is only attainable through seeking a professional due to the lack of trade patterns and the required accessories for clothing and shoes.
Before using 3D printing, the creative team struggled with the lack of diagrams, patterns, and accessories required for custom doll production. When producing these custom-requested parts, the team created parts out of gypsum which had imperfect results.
By applying 3D printing, the company was able to:
1. Create quality prints that offer more strength and detail than traditional counterparts.
2. Produce batches of products in-house. Printing multiple products in one print job due to the build volume of the N2.
3. Offer custom parts and accessories for displays, accessories, and complete products.
For the multiple parts involved in the creation of various accessories, a 3D printer becomes an indispensable tool. With the tools and expertise available with the creative team at Livemaster, they provide the parts and journals of patterns required to create the clothes and shoes for dolls. One of these difficult to obtain parts includes the shoe sole.
3D printed shoe soles
The complete shoe with 3D printed sole
Before applying 3D printing, the creative team attempted to make parts from gypsum, but the resulting quality was not the best. With 3D printing, quality, smoothness, strength, and details were perfect. With the Raise3D N2, they are able to do small scale production and print a large number of products simultaneously.
“And this is not an advertisement. Raise3D became the 3rd partner in our workshop, but it was only through it that we understood quality and reliable printing.”
From the mannequins and display stands, to the customization of shoes and accessories; Livemaster continues to adopt 3D printing in the thriving doll making industry.