November 17, 2014
Sculpteo 3D Printing Engine Will Create a Mini YOU!
We've been seeing significant advances in 3D printing lately, a prototyping process that makes it possible to create an actual object from a 3D file. The object is formed by applying successive layers of solid material.
This fall in Paris, I attended an event called Digital Day, which was a conference focused on an interactive discussion around the latest in technology and innovation largely from French start-ups.
The event held workshops and vendors participated in an area where they showed up their latest. I was fascinated by Sculpteo, who has offices in both Paris and San Francisco. On-site, they had a machine which scanned YOU and then from that scan, was able to create a 3D object of yourself...a miniature version that is.
And so, of course I did this, how could I not? Below I'm standing in the machine as I wait for it to circle around me and scan my body.
Above is the engineer at work as the image of me comes up on the screen in real time. As it formulates what it needs of my body, I watch in amazement. Sculpteo allows users to upload a 3D file, change the size and dimensions of the object directly within the browser, select a printing material, and order their design to be 3D printed and shipped.
Below are a few views on the computer screen of what the Sculpteo machine sees as it scans my body.
Here are some of the objects of people Sculpteo has already created to give you an idea of what they're capable of....
I've been waiting to receive my 3D image of myself before posting this review -- alas, it has arrived. How fun! I'm astonished at how realistic it is.
It was sitting atop one of my books on a bookshelf and a friend noticed the miniature "me" from across the room and walked over immediately to pick it up.
He looked up and down at "it" and then at me and repeated the process. "Incredible," he said to me in a very committed voice. "Simply incredible." I couldn't agree more.
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