Although the technology has many practical uses to improve and refine the design of equipment, fashion and architecture, 3D printing can also be put to novelty uses -- such as offering people the chance to create a 3D replica of themselves for as little as $300.
One company that offers such services is Twinkind. Using 360 degree scanning and with the help of a 3D printer, Twinkind takes the memory-preserving concept of a photograph and brings it to life.
Began by Kristina Neurohr and Timo Schaedel, the German company was founded following Japan's push to create 3D photo booths. The results are stunning.
Each figurine ranges in size from 6 - 13 inches, and costs from $300 to around $1,700.
During the scanning process, subjects are shot with a camera rig that scans your entire body in less than a second. This image is then rendered and made physical with industrial-grade 3D printers. According to the company's founders, business is booming. But why?
"We do believe that 3-D photo figurines will become a well-regarded addition to our photography culture," Schaedel commented. "I think many like the idea of freezing a moment of time."
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