MakerBot photo booth
Consumer 3D printing brand MakerBot has announced that shoppers who stop by the MakerBot stores in New York City, Boston and Greenwich, Connecticut, can try out its 3D Photo Booths.
MakerBot has fully embraced the so-called 'selfie' trend by offering customers the chance to get their 3D likenesses captured in-store to then be shared and 3D printed.
The MakerBot 3D Photo Booth acts in much the same way as a traditional photo booth, but in stead of taking a straight-on head and shoulders snap, the poser's head and shoulders are captures through the full 360 degrees of the booth.
Originally launched in New York, MakerBot has expanded the availability of the 3D photo booth on the back of the flagship booth's tremendous success, which proved very popular with adults and children alike who used their imaginations to make really unique keepsakes and gifts - from 3D printed busts, to wedding cake toppers, to putting their head on the top of Greek statues, gargoyles and other fun items - even making pencil toppers and jewellery.
The 3D imaging technology is more precise than some may think, with scans capturing a full perspective of the subject's head, hair and facial expression. Ponytails and braids are defined, as are beards, moustaches and eyebrows. The depth of detail on the new MakerBot 3D Photo Booth has been created to capture the likeness of the person sitting in the booth during that moment.
The process is as easy as having a traditional passport photo taken in a booth. The customer sits down, looks at the screen and chooses their pose. The image is then captured and the file sent to Thingiverse.com where they can access it for 3D printing.
CEO of MakerBot Bre Pettis said: "We are really excited to unveil the new and improved MakerBot 3D Photo Booth. We think the MakerBot 3D Photo Booth is an amazing tool to capture and immortalise you right then, in an instant. I know what I'm giving my daughter's grandparents this year for the holidays - a 3D printed portrait of her! What a cool way to send someone something truly personal and meaningful."