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Home Made Mini-Me

While scanned, 3D printed models of people aren’t new, Microsoft has recently shaken up the market.  According to Dezeen, “Microsoft Kinect users can now scan their bodies with the motion capture device and order a 3D printed miniature model of themselves without leaving the house.”  This new innovation was developed by 3D scanning company Artec Group.  “ offers a printing and delivery service for ‘3D Mini-Me’ figurines.”  The fun begins when users download an app to their computer or Xbox 360.  Next, “the Kinect must be positioned at chest height on the edge of a surface.  The subject stands in front of the device, just over a meter away.”  Once they choose a pose, the user scans themselves and turns 45 degrees before scanning again.  “This is repeated until a full rotation has been made and the same pose has to be held throughout…By pressing the 3D print button, the model one twentieth of the real height is ordered and delivered in the post in a matter of days.” 

Video, Photos, and Quotes Courtesy of Dezeen  


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