MINI MES: Hobart-based business partners Don Darkson and Jonathan ‘J C’ Calvin showing off their 3D models of themselves at Splendour in the Grass 2015.
MINI MES: Hobart-based business partners Don Darkson and Jonathan ‘J C’ Calvin showing off their 3D models of themselves at Splendour in the Grass 2015. Tyson Yates

It's all about U: Business selling 3D-printed sculptures

FOR most who attended Splendour in the Grass, the music drew them through the gates but it was the sheer variety of vendors at this year's event that completed the festival experience.

There were the usual suspects such as high-end fashion stores selling everything from vintage clothing to designer sunglasses as well as a smorgasbord of food from around the world including Brazilian, Persian, Mexican and Middle Eastern cuisine.

Among the vendors there were some unusual standouts including one stall where punters could have a sculpture of themselves created.

"So we are 3D U. We 3D scan people and use those scans to create 3D-printed busts," said Jonathan Calvin of the Hobart based-company.

"We've got a 3D scanner that we use from front to back.

"Basically, what it entails is someone to stand still for 60 seconds while we walk around them and capture from all angles.

"Once we've got that data we can send people a link to it and between four to six weeks they can have the physical product."

While the scanning is free, the plaster-like models will set you back between $60 to $200 with sculptures done in full colour.

For those wanting to take something home from the festival while making a difference abroad, Mountain Yak directed funds from the sale of their handmade backpacks, yoga gear and accessories towards helping communities in Nepal.

"Basically, we are working with the community in Nepal and they are artisans who make their own product, all the products we have are hemp based," stall holder Andy Sutton said.

"It was established by Oz Aid and an international aid agency, it's all Fairtrade."

For some the mud didn't mean they couldn't look good with Levis clothing company setting up a tailor shop where festival goers could buy and customise their own trucker jacket to make for the ultimate Splendour keepsake.


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