Grimly Fiendish wrote:There are probably some important and technical steps in between having a 3D thumbnail, and turning that into a toy. Having a 3D thumbnail might save you a day's time in 3D modeling, I'd guess. It doesn't mean you can print a useable model to make a mold from. It's missing too much data to make a smooth and useable print, I'd guess.
I don't have enough experience with 3D modeling (and no experience with 3D printing) to be certain, but I believe your concern is a little bit unwarranted. If you have the ability to turn a model into a reproducible toy, you probably don't need a 3D thumbnail that badly, to get started. Anybody with advanced 3D modeling skills can probably make a pretty good 3D model of most toys already. People without advanced 3D modeling skills probably can't do much with the models BD posted.
I could be wrong... anybody with 3D modeling and printing experience who can make a comment?
You need a full 3D model to print anything really. A thumbnail won't print on 3D printers because they either use OBJ, STL, VRML, Ect. So unless you know how to 3D model, you're pretty much shit out of luck printing anything. So yeah they could possibly make a model from the 3D thumbnails but not from the thumbnails themselves.