When you were a little kid and playing with dolls and action figures, didn’t you think it would be much cooler if there was actually a toy that looked like you? Well, now you actually could have one made with the new 3D printer technology at the Omote 3D Shashin Kan portrait studio, probably the world’s first customised miniature figure studio.
The 3D printer can create miniature figures in three sizes: 10cm (small), 15cm (medium), or 20 cm (large). The small individual ones cost around ¥21,000 (approx. $264), the medium goes for ¥32,000 ($402) and the large ones cost ¥42,000 ($528). The price goes double for a two person portrait while there’s a special surcharge if you want to add a 3rd or 4th person.
Photography and cameras have always been a part of Japanese life. There are a lot of camera makers in the country and they’ve also made a lot of innovations in the industry, like the sticker picture booth. It would be interesting to see how the 3D printers will make an impact in the “picture happy” Japanese culture. While they are not expected to replace the traditional portraits, which are used to mark special events in people’s lives (Shichi-Go-San, Coming of Age, Funeral portraits), it’s still a novelty that might become a craze soon, despite the still hefty price tag attached to it.
[ via Kotaku ]
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