World's first 3D printing photo booth set for scan
November 11, 2012
Ever wanted a life-like miniature of yourself or loved ones? Now's your chance, thanks to Omote 3D, which will soon be opening what's described as the world's first 3D printing photo booth in Harajuku, Japan. There, visitors will have their bodies scanned into a computer, a process which takes about 15 minutes. Then the company prints your statuette on their 3D color printer in one of three sizes.
Of course, this "photo" booth isn't cheap – 3D printing is still a fairly expensive novelty, especially for prints of this quality. And you can forget about trying to scan fidgety children or pets, as the data would get all skewed from their movements. Check out the prices based on the sizes:
- Small (Max. 10cm, 20g), US$264
- Medium (Max. 15cm, 50g), US$403
- Large (Max. 20cm, 200g), US$528
If that seems a bit steep, the company is offering discounts for couples and families. Before you leave, you'll also be given the chance to adjust the colors of the hair and clothing on the 3D model if you so desire.
Omote 3D will continue to offer the service everyday from November 24th to January 13th, 2013 at the EYE OF GYRE exhibition space. Given the time it takes to do the scanning, you may want to make reservations at the company's website in advance.
Ed's note: Although it's being called a "world first," a similar studio-based service has been offered by a Spanish company called ThreeDeeYou for a couple of years (as pointed out by a Abel in the comments).
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