Turn yourself into an action figure with 3D printing
A figure made from 3D printing.
Remember when you thought personalised ceramic mugs were cool? Forget that. With 3D printing, you can now turn yourself into an action figure.
Even if you're not inclined to keep a heroic-looking, 3D-printed bronze bust of yourself on top of the piano, the technology opens up a range of novelty gift items. Say goodbye to tacky name necklaces — if you want to scan your significant other's entire head and wear an eerily accurate representation of him/her as a silver pendant, that's now entirely possible, albeit a little creepy.
A bronze bust made from 3D printing. Photo: Mashable
3DEA is a pop-up store in New York City, which offers some innovative gift ideas made with 3D printing. The store is a collaboration with Shapeways, Ultimaker, UP!, MAKE and Fatboy, and features ready-made items by selected designers.
There are toys, chairs, shoes, silver jewellery, plastic cuffs and ceramic cups (plus a private NSFW room for "sexy objects"). Visitors can also create their own designs and have them printed at the store.
Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO of Shapeways, says families often come in to have the likenesses of their kids captured for posterity. "This is better than a photo," he says, holding up a small figurine. Weijmarshausen moves on to a silver charm in the shape of a child's head. "It's a way for them to preserve memories in an entirely different way."
Imagine the possibilities: 3D printing is particularly awesome if you want to give an action figure to a child. Imagine having your own likeness in plastic, and being able to hold up your own right beside Batman and Barbie?
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