Tech of the Month: 3D Print Makeup Using ‘Mink’
In a 55 billion dollar industry, makeup has been established as a cosmetic item that is highly sought after. Try to think of movies, character attractions (like Disney World), commercials, or even daily life without the use of makeup. You can’t, can you? Grace Choi, who graduated from Harvard Business School, realized that the value in this product is not the powder or lipstick itself, but the actual variety of colors available for it. For example, higher end brands like Sephora can provide the most wanted “it” colors that you cannot find at a local convenience store, and charge a whole lot more for it. Now, with the use of the Mink 3D Printer, consumers can pay a one time price for the printer and minimal costs for ink to have endless amounts of makeup products and colors.
“First, find a color you want to print. Choi says her machine will print creamy lipsticks or powdery eye shadows. Use the color picker to copy the hex code of the color you’ve chosen. Using Photoshop or Microsoft Paint, paste the hex code into a new document. You’ll see the color you want to print pop up. Print the color just as you’d print any other document on your computer.”
By using existing technology, Choi is helping to recreate a market to not only be more affordable, but more unique and limitless than ever before. 3D printers are rapidly changing the way researchers think about how to produce everything from makeup to life saving 3D printed hearts.
In the construction industry we have also begun to see 3D printed homes, and the use of recyclable materials in those printers. Do you think the use of 3D printers to create small tools and basic materials instantly on the job site will change the way companies spend money? One day, it could be much more efficient to use the Mink model and buy one machine to make numerous amounts of tools than to buy them all separately.