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U.K. supermarket offers 3D printed shopper replicas in store

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Going a step further than photo booths, U.K. supermarket chain Asda is trialling 3D printing scanners that allow you to create miniature replicas of yourself.

Starting at £40, shoppers popping in for their milk and bread can hop into a scanning booth, where a 3D digital model is generated and sent away to be made up in ceramic.

To build a three-dimensional replica of the subject, cameras take two minutes to scan from a variety of angles. After being sent away to a lab, the blueprint is recreated in 3D by printing it in thin, liquid ceramic layers.

Consumers can scan what they like -- whether it is themselves, their pets or objects -- and the models can be produced in full-colour, white or a bronze-style coating.

In a statement, Asda said:

"Evolving well beyond simply filling frames with photographs of friends and family, 3D printed 'mini me' figures will add a whole new dimension to shoppers' mantelpieces. The lifelike models are also expected to be popular as personalised wedding cake toppers, and you could even have a model of your family pet."

Asda's York store will trial the technology from 15 October, and if it proves popular, the supermarket chain plans to roll out the scheme nationwide.

Via: Asda

Image credit: Asda

— By on October 10, 2013, 1:06 AM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure