Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Go Print Yourself: Twinkind and 3D Printed People
Anyone who reads my blog will know that one of my obsessions while making miniatures is realism. Unfortunately, my doll making skills are abysmal at best so I have to rely on the marketplace offerings which are lovely, but not as realistic as I would like. So when I recently read an article on 3D printed people and saw the photos, I was blown away.
Twinkind (twinkind.com) is a Germany-based company that will photograph you and print you out. According to the photos on the website, the results look impressive. There are a lot of caveats including you have to go to Berlin, and there are limitations on wardrobe choices and accessories. But for around $340 (250 euros) you can get a 1:12 scale figurine that looks exactly like you. They even have options for dogs. Although I'm not frequenting Berlin any time soon, I love the idea that 3D printing might become so popular that they begin to make affordable, home printers. Twinkind is currently doing a sweepstakes to win a figurine on their Facebook page (facebook.com/twinkind), and you better believe that I entered.
This is the Wired article that brought my attention to the company: http://www.wired.com/2013/08/this-company-will-transform-you-into-an-incredibly-detailed-3-d-printed-figurine/
Also, if anyone wants to sponsor me for a trip to Berlin; I'll gladly repay you with hugs.