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November 11, 2012

Otome 3D will open the world's first 3D printing photo booth in Japan from late November t...

Otome 3D will open the world's first 3D printing photo booth in Japan from late November to January, 2013

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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.

A close-up showing the level of detail possible by Otome 3D's scanning and color printing ...
A close-up showing the level of detail possible by Otome 3D's scanning and color printing process

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.

Source: Omote 3D (Japanese) via Spoon & Tamago

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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This place at Madrid

has being doing this for the last 2 years! So this japanese site is not the first one in the world... by far!

Abel Vázquez Montoro
12th November, 2012 @ 01:27 am PST

I just was wondering if this was possible. It would be great to have the bride and groom on the wedding cake be the actual bride and groom!

Paul Anthony
12th November, 2012 @ 10:13 am PST

What material is used for the "printing?" Is it some sort of paper, or composite?

Fred V.
12th November, 2012 @ 12:30 pm PST

Or you could wear costumes and make your own chess pieces in different poses.

Karsten Evans
12th November, 2012 @ 12:49 pm PST

I agree with Paul, having the bride and groom on the cake resemble the actual bride and groom would be way cool.

I think it would be cool to have 'action figures' of oneself would be cool. One could make 'action figures' of school sports players or other groups.

If one has the money, it has potential.

12th November, 2012 @ 02:03 pm PST

Or a life size one of Elle McPherson

Mick Perger
12th November, 2012 @ 04:21 pm PST

Fred, I believe the material is referred to as sandstone. The material itself is a gypsum-based powder that is bound together with an adhesive and simultaneously embedded with color from an inkjet head, the final model is hard but brittle.

Jason Falconer
12th November, 2012 @ 05:14 pm PST

Get ready for an epidemic of lifelike sandstone penises.

12th November, 2012 @ 07:19 pm PST

This tech is also perfect to make voodoo magic dolls.

13th November, 2012 @ 03:27 am PST


14th November, 2012 @ 04:25 am PST

3D printing has been there for a long time now and its uses were just engineering uses , I guess if to proceeds fast enough everyone would be able to 3D print anything at home

Denver Chisodza
11th December, 2012 @ 12:30 pm PST

Could anyone share what brand/model of 3D printer was used? Thanks.

1st February, 2013 @ 02:25 am PST

Allanolega asked a good question, but I think nobody knows what brand/model of 3D printer was used.

Yılmaz Yılmaz
24th March, 2013 @ 07:07 am PDT

I completely agree with 'nutcase' Everybody prepare yourself!

2nd July, 2013 @ 12:27 am PDT

Anybody knows what brand/model of 3D printer was used ?

19th July, 2014 @ 10:03 am PDT
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