Last year, the PRECISE Group launched “TIM” and then at the end of 2012 introduced it to the international market at the annual IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida. TIM is an innovative product offering that combines advanced scanning technology, proprietary software and the latest 3D printing techniques — developed in the UAE by PRECISE and driven by the vision of the company’s Managing Director, Lothar Hohmann. TIM is an acronym for This Is Me – and produces a life-like 3D model of an individual designed to capture memories for ever.
Since the original launch of TIM, PRECISE has further developed the technology and processes to produce TIMbust (a head and shoulders model) and TIMpic (a 3D printed picture), as well as continuing to develop the process for use in architectural model construction, medical imaging and many other applications.
One might wonder why PRECISE chose the attractions expo as the exhibition of choice for a global launch, however, with 15,800 qualified buyers in attendance from amusement parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, museums, science centers, resorts etc the company’s presence makes quite a lot of sense. This is backed up by Lothar Hohmann, who commented: “We were inundated with visitors to our stand, interested not only in TIM, but all the personalized products and services developed by PRECISE. Seasoned buyers and entertainment executives were fascinated that such advanced technology applications had been developed in the UAE, and are now being rolled out internationally from our Dubai base.”
Hohmann continued, “Whilst there are various exciting 3D printing applications being developed around the world, PRECISE is the first to offer competitively priced technology ready for use by retail outlets worldwide. A TIM business is very simple to operate because the retail outlet does the scanning and PRECISE takes care of the rest.”
PRECISE continues to develop the technology, investing considerable time and money in R&D, and anticipates being able to offer previously unseen 3D printing solutions for a wide range of industrial applications within the near future.
Here at 3DPI we are certainly looking forward to seeing TIM rolled out into consumer facing applications and gauging the response and the new applications of the technology promised by PRECISE.