The models include an embedded NFC tag, can be produced from standard 3D printing files and are available in sizes up to 15cm cubed at a starting price of US$8 per item.
NFC specialist Flomio has launched a new service that makes 3D printed objects carrying embedded NFC tags.
The Miami-based startup's NFC Custom 3D Printables can be produced from standard '.stl' 3D files, which can be created using three dimensional modelling templates offered by services such as Blendswap and Shapeways. Models of up to 15cm by 15cm by 15cm can be produced, at a cost of US$$0.50 per cubic centimetre plus a $4 handling fee, along with the cost of the NFC tag and shipping.
Customers can choose the size of the object they want, the type of NFC tag required and pick from three colours: white, green or blue.
"We have developed a process by which we embed the tag within the object," Richard Grundy, co-founder and CEO of Flomio, has told NFC World. "This is different from simply attaching a sticker tag to the bottom that anyone can remove."
"We made the NFC 3D Printables for a gaming company, Plow Games, that creates sticky marketing campaigns for large brands like Audi, Klondike, and Hammermill," Grundy added.
"We're providing Plow with our SDK and cloud infrastructure service to deliver this secure content in real-time," says Grundy. "Players can collect points and build out their cloud profiles so that games identify them wherever they go, be it on their own mobiles, game consoles, or interactive signage. With Flomio, Plow can cast this incredibly wide footprint for their solution at a very low cost."
"We are working with Flomio with several clients' presentations using Flomio's technology," Plow Games' Greg Phillips explained to NFC World.
"Plow Digital and Plow Games are very excited about using NFC technology," he added. "This will allow us to create a secure and truly integrated experience for rewards programs, product branding, and interactive experiences."
A short video produced by Flomio shows the NFC functionality in a 3D object in action:
Flomio recently raised US$96,145 via Kickstarter to put FloJack, an NFC add-on for the iPhone, into production. The company is also working with other NFC innovators, such as Gema Touch, which is introducing a multi-command tag with five NFC chips and Capify, which is introducing a range of NFC baseball caps.
"At Flomio we're focusing on offering all the tools for people to innovate with NFC," says Grundy. "Ubiquity is what matters. We're offering ideas, helping DIY-types get started, and inviting everyone to join the NFC party."