At Last: Create Your Own Mini-Me

In an age where we can get almost anything we want when we want it, it’s no surprise that instant

In an age where we can get almost anything we want when we want it, it’s no surprise that instant 3D printing has taken off. Need a firearm for the apocalypse? Print it at home. Looking to escape in a getaway vehicle? Grow-a-jet-engine (and hope you have a piloting license). Searching for spare parts on the front lines of war? Try the backpack-sized printer, a work-in-progress for the US Army.

So it was only a matter of time before this cutting-edge technology was applied to something really important: Creating tiny 3D figurines of yourself because… well, just because you can. Use them as cake toppers, personalized new-age Polly Pockets or take a photo of yourself holding a miniature version of yourself, Inception-style. Whatever you plan to do with them, you will first have to undergo a 15-minute body scan with a handheld scanner, during which you must stay completely still. The finished product: a plastic figurine that looks just like you.

In Tokyo, Omote3D offers full-body figurines starting at $209 for a 10 cm model, rising to $415 for the 20 cm version—a big price for a little guy. For a cheaper option, visit New York’s MakerBot store and print out a brightly-colored bust of your own head for the bargain price of $25. If you’re looking for a mail-in mini-me, upload front and profile shots of your face to Firebox and they will send  you back a tiny head. And while the tech website expects you’ll have big plans for your little gem, the creators recommend that you keep deep sea dives and outdoor activities to a minimum: “Please avoid washing, sucking, taking them out the rain or making them swim in the bath.” Noted.

For more: Read “Print yourself: the rise of the 3D photo booth” on The Guardian

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