Cabe, I can't imagine what kind of customer base they have at these prices. You would think someone could take the basic technology and use a different material that is less fragile. Seems like the cost should be able to come down in time.,
Greg, I see a BOOMING voodoo doll market when the price drops a bit.
I had to get that out of my system.
I'm of two minds - sure, this is a bit silly and extravagant. And yet, I could see giving one as a gift (maybe as a somewhat elaborate gag). Or as a doll set of a family (assuming they can be fabricated of more robust material). There're possiblities to be sure.
Yes, those storybooks were expensive, TJ, but they were still affordable for most of those who would be interested is that type of gift. I like your idea of creating a gift market sans the 3D printewr.
Here are two others, a miniature and a full-sized replica. This is another, similar service for a doll-sized replica, My3DTwin: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2348962/3D-printer-make-doll-sized-twin-24 And perhaps much weirder, a Japanese roboticist has made a full-sized twin of himself: http://japandailypress.com/japanese-robotics-scientist-hiroshi-ishiguro-unveils-body-double-robot-1730686/
@a.saji, if it's going to use high end material for a better quality definitely it will increase the price further more. I thing that different level of quality, for the different leave of pricing would be the best option.
This is fun. It seems more complicated than the technology used to create the Sad Keanu figure a few years ago. A picture of Keanu Reeves sitting on a park bench became a meme in 2010. Shapeways.com offers all sorts of fun 3D printed items but not custom, as far as I remember.
It's pricey but a good gift idea to turn a favourite facebook post into a 3D memory.
Cabe, recently I had read about 4D printing. It seems that technology is going beyond imagination at avery high speed. As of now 3D is not so common and using only for very limited high end application printing
Thanks Cabe for sharig such informative post . I actually got fantasised by your post its great that one can 3D Print oneself ths is really innovative . we can use such printed objects as gifts , as decorative items in houses. One get her or himself printed the way they want its really great .
I guess this technology will emerge and will become so popular in future that it might eliminate the concept of photography. People will start to place 3D printed replicas of themselves instead of placing pictures .
I'm pretty sure it is a photo of a real person photoshopped onto the background. If you zoom in about 200% you can clearly see the halo artifact around the woman. That halo is evident when two photos are combined.
While perusing the museum the other day I saw a detailed bust of a Neanderthal. Having just read an article on 3d printing, I thought it would be amusing to arrange to have someone who accompanies you to the museum to be scanned, so it can be THEIR FACE in the display case by the time you get to the bust of the Neanderthal. Record their reaction on videotape.
At present, an expensive joke, but pricies WILL come down.
I don't love pictures much but this is something I would definitely want to try. Ann I read your post today on 3D priniting for lenses. I use glasses and with the new technology I would definitely want my 'mini-me' to at least have real glasses. Once they can make bigger reproductions maybe I can borrow the glasses once in a while.
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