3D printing company doing amazing things in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Abram Whitehead is a thinker, creator and one of three masterminds behind a small company with big ideas. It’s called Think a Little Bigger.

The St. Louis based 3D printing company is the only one of its kind in the metro area. They make everything from memorial busts, and sculptures to art pieces.  All of it done with a special touch. One of Whitehead’s first projects was a plaster print of his newborn daughter from a picture taken just moments after her birth.

“For our likenesses and sculptures it`s about delivering an emotional product something that contains a story about somebody.” said Whitehead

The company was recently hired by a St. Louis collector to do a 3D print of a newly discovered artifact from the Cahokia Mounds. The artifact was found more than 1,000 miles away down the Mississippi River.

The crayfish effigy was seen for the first time in 3D, the print shows every nick, nook and cranny. The replica of the 900- year- old artifact was printed in less than 5 hours to preserve the original. Duplicates will be used at museums across the country.

When it comes to the future of 3D printing, Whitehead says the sky is the limit. All it takes is a picture and idea to make your dreams come true.

“St. Louis has a vast array of art and artifacts. The fact that we had someone in St. Louis spearhead the movement and move into the digital age is fortunate.” Whitehead said.

Sculpture prices start at $200.