Monday, November 12, 2012

More on 3-D printing (Japan edition)

Since I'm always talking about 3-D printing, this little news item seemed like it had to be passed along here.
3D printers – it’s a word that offers glimpses into the future that seems so far, and yet is so close. The technology, which allows you to replicate 3D objects the same way you make a photo copy, has been around for a couple years now, but, for the most part, has been far too expensive and inaccessible to the public. 
But now, what’s being called the world’s first 3D printing photo booth is set to open for a limited time at the exhibition space EYE OF GYRE in Harajuku. From November 24 to January 14, 2013, people with reservations can go and have their portraits taken. Except, instead of a photograph, you’ll receive miniature replicas of yourselves. 
Reservations are taken only through the website. You can pick from 3 sizes, S (10cm), M (15cm) and L (20cm) for 21,000 yen, 32,000 yen and 42,000 yen, respectively. But there are group discounts! This would be really fun to do with your kids, who seem to grow up just way too fast.
For those wondering about the conversions, the sizes are roughly 4 inches, 6 inches, and 8 inches, for $264, $403, or $529. Obviously not cheap, but still sort of awesome if you happen to be passing through Tokyo in the next few months (and who isn't, right?). Check out the pics:

I assume the thing is capable of capturing some sweet action poses as well, even though our Japanese models seem to have been angling for the "coffin" pose for some reason. For anyone who ever grew up wishing they could have their own action figure, this is about as close as you're gonna get. Well, unless you feel like enlisting...

[Spoon & Tamago]
(h/t Marginal Revolution)

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