Print Your 3D Twin

3D printed figure from Twinkind

Tired of looking at that old figurine on your mantel? No problem. Now you can print off a miniature 3D replica of yourself and display it in your home or give it as a gift to your favorite friends and relatives.

Thanks to a German company called Twinkind anyone can order a miniature statue of themselves or their beloved pet.

The figurines are produced by scanning the customer with state-of-the-art 360-degree scanning equipment and then printing out a 3D replica using layer upon layer of composite powder.

You’ll have to visit the Hamburg studio to get yourself scanned, but scanning takes a split second and printing takes just 15 to 30 minutes. Customers can either wait for their figurine or have it mailed to them.

The figures are extremely lifelike, down to hairstyles, shoes, accessories, colors, and even the wrinkles in clothing. But there are some fabrics—like silk, tulle, and chiffon— that the scanner has trouble with. Clothing with high-frequency patterns like dots or thin lines and highly pigmented makeup is also not recommended.

Glasses must be taken off during the scanning process, but can be reintroduced to the digital model after before printing begins.

Customers can choose between several sizes of figurines ranging from six inches ($300) to 13 inches ($1,700).

So what’s the point?

Twinkind founders Kristina Neurohr and Timo Schaedel see the 3D figurines as a way to preserve a moment in our lives, like the birth of a child or other special family events – a kind of new-age photo album. The two say the scanner is not harmful and perfectly safe for pregnant women and children.

The Hamburg studio, which opened in June, is doing remarkably well according to Neurohr and Schaedel, and there are plans to open another studio in Berlin this coming October.

Worth it? While the figures are pricey and can be easily damaged if they are dropped or come into contact with high heat or water, this new way of documenting ourselves and commemorating special occasions is bound to take off.

Photo courtesy of Twinkind

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3 thoughts on “Print Your 3D Twin”

  1. is this the beginning of “cloning”? add some bio-organic chemistry and we can now reproduce ourselves without having sex. for some this could be a good thing.

  2. How cool! You could always take a mold of it and make a replica using a more durable material like resin. You’d have to paint it, though.

  3. Mark Davis says:

    I want a life-size replica. I’ll hold onto my money for another 10 years.

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