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First 3D photo booth established in Beijing

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The technology is expected to boost the market potential for customized products.

Beijing's first 3D photo studio. 

Want to have a little version of yourself?

The newly established 3D photo booth in the capital city, which is also the first one in the country, is offering you the chance to turn yourself into a plastic action figure.

The scanner works as the recorder, after around 10 minutes scanning, the raw data of a full-body image will be sent to the computer. It will then be modified and tweaked to achieve a better likeness and fine detail can also be added before the 3D colour print.

Morris Shao, COO of 3D Rapid Prototyping, Beijing, said, "The data will then be transferred to the printing machine which follows the layer- by-layer process. Plaster is considered as the ideal material for printing action figure. It usually takes about an hour to print a ten-centimetre-tall figurine."

Visitors from home and abroad are showing great curiosity to this rising technology...

Zhang Guoqing, Visitor, said, "I'm very interested in 3D printing as I'm also working in this field. It is nice to have a museum like this. There's still gap between domestic printing machines and those from abroad. It is a good way to learn from others."

Apart from printing yourself, much more can be those tailor made products...

Liu Yang, Design Director of Ideas Design Co., Ltd, said, "For customized products, I think there's huge market potential behind the 3D technology. For example, this product is made by 3D printer. We benefit a lot from it as it can be revised from time to time, unlike the old-fashioned ones which you have to wait for the mould. And our designers become more productive as they can have their own products only in a few hours."

Making your own products is not only a fashionable way to be different from others but can be more meaningful...

Luo Jing, Designer, said, "Many products nowadays are made by factories, wasting resources is quite often. But thing's gonna change if the 3D technology goes mature. Companies will be able to make personalized products, then there will be less waste resources."

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