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Making Memories Last

3D scanning technology brings memories to life

Freezing family memories, and cherished moments and bringing them to life is helping one Kansas City Business stand out from the rest. It all started back in 2017 when Nick Nikkhah, owner of 3DHQ KC, stumbled upon 3-D scanning technology that was taking the medical field by storm. At the time, the cutting edge technology was being used for prosthetics, but Nikkhah had a vision once he got word about the technology being used outside the health industry. He saw the opportunity to use the tech to capture timeless memories and bring it to Kansas City where family is part of the city’s fabric. 

"I just knew I had to be a part of it. That's what led me to bring this tech to Kansas City,” said Nikkhah. “We're freezing a moment in time and capturing a special moment, whether it's graduation, wedding cake toppers or before and after a pregnancy, we create products and merchandise that capture a particular moment that is special to our customers."

At 3DHQ, customers are given the platform to let their imaginations run wild. Anyone can bring pictures or sketches to Nikkhah’s team which are then scanned, digitized and transformed into 3D print life-like miniature statues. The technology allows 3DHQ to capture important details from facial expressions, wrinkles, and clothing into tiny replicas making each of their products unique and different from the rest. From ornaments, furry friends, and pictures of loved ones who are no longer alive; 3DHQ does it all and gives customers the ability to hold that special memory in the palm of their hand. Nikkhah says demand for his services continues to grow and stems from a person’s pent up desire to want to recreate experiences that come once in a lifetime. 

“This is just part of our, DNA. Our entire lives are built on history and experiences. That's how we learn,” explained Nikkhah. “Some of these key moments are times that people like to relive over again, and they just want to  look back on certain things or certain people, where those memories are no longer there.” 

Companies and organizations have also turned to 3DHQ to make their dreams into a reality while getting their message across. Over the years, Nikkhah has collaborated with KC’s Parade of Hearts and done rapid prototyping for companies across the globe, but Nikkhah has also used his technology to pay it forward. He says the push to expand his services came during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to stay-at-home orders, Nikkhah and his team shifted gears and began creating mementos for medical staff and first responders, thanking them for their services. 

"Our motto? 'We 3-D print you and your imagination.' It's not just a tagline; it's what we live by,” said Nikkhah. ”Whether it's helping someone turn a sketch into a tangible prototype, recreating a part for a vintage car, or taking an appliance part that is no longer made and redesigning it and recreating it, the possibilities are endless.” 

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