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Japanese company Omote 3D will be offering the 3D printing ‘mini-me’ service from November 24th to January 13th at the EYE OF GYRE exhibition space in Harajuku, Japan.
Depending on your budget, you can choose from three sizes – Small (10cm max) costs £164, Medium (15cm) costs £250 and Large (up to 20cm) costs £327.
Staff will use a portable 3D scanner to scan the customer’s entire body in a process that takes about 15 minutes. That data will then be fed into an onsite computer where it is stitched together, tweaked and personalised (such as texture of clothes, colour of hair etc) which is finally printed on a 3D printer at a later date.
One can instantly see a market for wedding planners, where the figurines on the top tier of the cake are exact replicas of the married couple.
People can only get their mini duplicates for two months after which the pop-up store will close but one company, MakieLab, is already offering 3D printed personalised dolls. The London ‘Tech City’ based company might not offer replicas in the same way as Omote 3D, but do offer avatars based on personal designs. Customers can select the eyes, nose, mouth, hair, even the width of the smile and shape of the hands before their £99 doll goes into production. Perhaps Action Men figures in the future will go a similar way?
For more images of the Omote 3D printed mini replicas visit http://www.omote3d.com/product/index.html#price
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