3D Printing

World's first 3D printing photo booth set for scan

World's first 3D printing phot...
Otome 3D will open the world's first 3D printing photo booth in Japan from late November to January, 2013
Otome 3D will open the world's first 3D printing photo booth in Japan from late November to January, 2013
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The process begins with a full body scan, followed by adjustments to the 3D model data and color, before the models go to print
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The process begins with a full body scan, followed by adjustments to the 3D model data and color, before the models go to print
Otome 3D will open the world's first 3D printing photo booth in Japan from late November to January, 2013
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Otome 3D will open the world's first 3D printing photo booth in Japan from late November to January, 2013
A 3D printed miniature of a child is dwarfed by a common manhole
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A 3D printed miniature of a child is dwarfed by a common manhole
Otome 3D prints your life-like statuette in full color, with the option of changing details such as hair and clothing patterns
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Otome 3D prints your life-like statuette in full color, with the option of changing details such as hair and clothing patterns
This medium-sized 3D printed model costs US$402 dollars
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This medium-sized 3D printed model costs US$402 dollars
You'll have to strike a pose for up to 15 minutes while your body is scanned into the computer
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You'll have to strike a pose for up to 15 minutes while your body is scanned into the computer
These 3D printed statuettes make lovely keepsake that have an altogether different quality than a photograph
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These 3D printed statuettes make lovely keepsake that have an altogether different quality than a photograph
A close-up showing the level of detail possible by Otome 3D's scanning and color printing process
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A close-up showing the level of detail possible by Otome 3D's scanning and color printing process
Three different sizes of 3D prints are available, with prices ranging from $264-$528 dollars
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Three different sizes of 3D prints are available, with prices ranging from $264-$528 dollars

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 process
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).

15 comments
Abel Vázquez Montoro
This place at Madrid http://www.3d-u.es/ has being doing this for the last 2 years! So this japanese site is not the first one in the world... by far!
Paul Anthony
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!
Fred V.
What material is used for the "printing?" Is it some sort of paper, or composite?
Karsten Evans
Or you could wear costumes and make your own chess pieces in different poses.
BigGoofyGuy
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.
Mick Perger
Or a life size one of Elle McPherson
Jason Falconer
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.
nutcase
Get ready for an epidemic of lifelike sandstone penises.
fb36
This tech is also perfect to make voodoo magic dolls.
robertstew
Voilà: http://studioimpresionarte.blogspot.com.es/2012/11/hoy-el-escaparate-de-studio.html