Could this be the beginning of at personal beauty manufacturing?
Continuous development in the field of 3D printing has raised the question of whether current manufacturing processes will change. If consumers can create products from their bedrooms what will this mean for all the people involved in the operation of product development such as designers, wholesalers and distribution center workers? A new 3D printer, designed for use at home is surely one of the first to switch things up and is enabling consumers to finally become the ‘makers.’
Named The Mink, this desktop printer, aimed primarily at women, has the ability to print makeup. It can transform any image or color using simple already-existing software from into a blush, eye shadow, lip gloss and more. Users can pick their product from any website, a Pinterest board perhaps or a simple image captured on a phone in the real world, then make their own in the privacy of their own home.
The concept works by producing pigment, which the user can mix into a substrate that the majority of existing makeup, whether Chanel or Maybelline, comes from. Budding makeup designers can use any color picker to extract the hex code of the color, which can then be put into any program such as Photoshop or even Paint and then simply press print to create.
This device is aimed at cutting people’s reliance on a wide range of makeup lines from drug stores to expensive brands, and encouraging the average consumer to get creative and develop their own products at home.
The Mink idea recently launched at TechCrunch’s annual Disrupt NY event and will cost less than $200 with an expected launch date of late 2014.