The recent debut of a 3D photo studio in Shanghai’s People’s Square, the first of its kind in the city, woke many people up to the new technology. For the first time, they were able to have a 3D image made of themselves.
The process to “print a person” is simple in the studio, called Epoch Time Machine.
The customer stands on a special plate against a green background.
As the plate rotates, two scanners take a full-length scan of the subject, one catching details and the other, a general picture.
The images are immediately sent to a computer and processed before being printed out on an imported ZPrinter 650, the shop’s single largest investment at about 700,000 yuan.
It takes about 10 minutes for the scanning process and up two to three days for the printed version.
The price is between 1,200 yuan and 3,000 yuan, based on the size of the copy, which can range from 15 to 30 centimeters.
“I will put the 3D mini-me in my living room,” said an Epoch studio customer surnamed Li. “It will remind me of my youth and beauty as time goes by.”
The most popular demand comes from young couples wanting 3D images of their weddings, parents wanting records of new babies and young women anxious to capture their beauty before its fades, according to Shao.
An engineering student who graduated from the University of Southern California, Shao said he has even figured out a way to print a house.