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article imageMini-Me: 3D printing takes a step ahead with instant human copies

By Anne Sewell     Aug 3, 2013 in Technology
Hamburg - For the very latest in personal photography, a German company is offering to capture your image, complete with poses, clothing, hairstyles and facial impressions, all in living, 3D color.
Twinkind is the brainchild of Kristina Neurohr and Timo Schaedel. They were inspired by a Tokyo pop shop which is advertising itself as one of the world's first 3D photo booths. They decided to do something similar.
Now Twinkind can produce instantaneous and realistic figurines within a short period of time. Taking the initial photographic image takes under a second, the actual printing takes a bit longer.
Schaedel has a background in TV commercials, where special effects are used often, putting him in the ideal position for the new challenge.
“The products are small, but the technologies and work flows are pretty complex,” Schaedel told the technology magazine Wired on Friday.
Apparently there have been a few teething problems. For instance, wearing chiffon, silk or tulle just doesn't come across well in the process, and also they recommend that you remove your glasses. However, these can be reintroduced digitally after the image is created, if necessary.
As yet the final "prints" are not the most durable, as they are made from a composite powder material, giving the models a clay-like surface. This means that they are less durable than plastic and have to be kept cool, dry and out of direct sunlight.
Twinkind has developed the latest portrait photography - 3d statues from instant photos.
Twinkind has developed the latest portrait photography - 3d statues from instant photos.
The duo opened their first outlet in Hamburg in June and hope to expand into other cities and countries.
Schaedel says he is not completely surprised at the success of their venture to date. He feels that 3D printing is the logical progression of our age-old desire to document ourselves.
“We do believe that 3-D photo figurines will become a well-regarded addition to our photography culture,” he says. “I think many like the idea of freezing a moment of time.”
Like the ancient Greeks had bronze busts created of their images and others had carved statues, now modern man has a much quicker option for perpetuity. And it will only knock you back a mere $300 or so.
Wired offers a photo gallery of a series of the finished mini-statues.
Twinkind produces 3D statuettes from instant photography.
Twinkind produces 3D statuettes from instant photography.
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