3-D printing company opens the imagination to new possibilities

LUTZ, Fla. - Inside a small office in Lutz, big things are happening in the world of 3-D printing.

"The ability to actually hold it in your hands; digital files, blueprints, pictures, can only get you so far," said Grant Posner.

Posner and Brian Zuckerman teamed and opened The Object Shop less than six months ago. They say if you can dream it, they can print it. A 5-inch figure is made from photographs of a couple in Japan and will sit atop the cake on their wedding day.

"So you have an actual rendering of the faces of the couple. So, 10 years from now, when they pull out their wedding album, they'll pull this out and see what they looked like on their wedding day," Zuckerman said.

Their state-of-the-art 3-D printer is capable of creating more than 16 million colors. And the sky is the limit on what can be printed, but there are size limitations. Whether it's holding on to cherished memories of your children or a house you grew up in, to a business card holder or your favorite TV character, The Object Shop can make it a reality.

The business applications are endless.

"To actually bring something like this across the country to any alumni event, walk into any potential donors' office or home and set this on a coffee table or desk, and say, 'Wow, this is what's coming.' To have this is just fantastic," said Denny Moller of St.Leo University.

Posner thinks they've found a niche in an industry that's in its infancy.

"Realistically, we are most likely only scratching the surface," he said.

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