Replica company

This Virginia company will make a 3D replica of your dog

Realistic 3D replicas of dogs. All photographs courtesy of Bond’s 3D Studio.

Before the pandemic, Egor Bond’s main source of income was the escape rooms he ran in Fairfax and Arlington. But when Covid forced him out of business in March 2020, the self-proclaimed “innovator” had to get inventive to find another line of work. Bond already owned a 3D printer that he used for fun, and he remembered one particularly meaningful project he did with it: a replica of his stepfather’s beloved French bulldog that he had given him. given for his birthday. “I’ve never seen him so emotional in my life,” Bond says.

The experience inspired him to start Bond’s 3D studio in Fairfax. The company now prints all sorts of things, from mini architectural models to specially designed measuring cups for the visually impaired. But among the most popular offerings are Bond sculptures of people’s best four-legged friends.

A 3D replica commemorating a customer’s dog.

Bond says customers tend to seek out the dog replicas as one-of-a-kind gifts or as a way to memorialize their own deceased pets. It’s not uncommon, he says, for customers to be moved when they see the finished product, just like his father-in-law did. A woman, who had recently lost her dog, sent him a video of herself in tears after unpacking the statue. “People don’t hesitate to cry,” Bond says.

Today, what was once a hobby has become a full-fledged business with a team of six people and 14 3D printers. The process of creating realistic figurines is quite laborious. The first step is to make a model using photos, which takes up to three days. Next comes 3D printing, which can take up to a week. Finally, several additional days are spent hand-painting the replica. End products range from four to 16 inches.

A 3D printed Valentine’s Day gift made by Bond’s studio.

Bond’s team also printed replicas of famous puppies, including Bo Obama and the Bidens’ champion German Shepherd. (Bond sent the figurines to both families, but did not hear back.)

Although his escape rooms are open again, Bond also plans to keep the 3D studio operational. He now owns a dog himself – a cavapoo named Waffles – which he says has helped him better understand his customers’ strong reactions to 3D pets. “I find that very satisfying,” he says.

David Tran