3D printing has undergone a growth spurt over the last several months. Companies, controversies and applications have sprouted seemingly overnight. We’ve just run across an application that is at once innovative, stunning and slightly creepy – lifelike 3D statues.
Twinkind, a German company, operating out of Hamburg has created a studio where people can get themselves scanned and then order statuettes of themselves in multiple sizes. The company doesn’t reveal the exact technology used by it’s a combination of 3D scanning and multiple camera, high speed color photography. The result is a “mini-me” of incredibly life-like proportions. According to Twinkind it happens in the “blink of an eye,” which means that skittish pets and impatient babies are welcome.
Here’s what Twinkind has to say: “The latest state-of-the-art color 3D printing technology is used to bring your digital sculpture back into the real world,” the Twinkind website stated. “Voxel (volumetric pixel) by voxel, layer by layer, the three-dimensional portrait grows into the (almost) final product as if by magic.”
C|Net had some thoughts about how the process: “Most likely, the team uses a ZCorp “sandstone” printer, which uses a fine powder as a printing medium. As the layers are laid down, inkjet technology sets them with a bonding agent, which can be mixed with color for a full-color printed object.”
Getting your own statuette doesn’t come cheap. There are seven different 3D scales to choose from, ranging from 225 Euros for a 15cm statue to 1290 Euros for a 35cm tall image. Oh, and you have to get yourself to Hamburg.