Customs: Tokyo’s 3D printing photobooth lets you turn yourself into an action figure

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  1. bellpeppers

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    Tokyo's 3D printing photobooth lets you turn yourself into an action figure

    I'm not easily impressed... but I am impressed with this.

     
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    Very cool, but at $264 a pop for a static figurine, not really that amazing, just impressive that they've put 2 or three key technologies in a single kiosk.

    Times they are a' changin' for sure!
     
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    Imagine making a Headmaster or Targetmaster of yourself.
     
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    Sounds less like a "booth" and more like a "shop full of scanning and printing junk". People are doing a primitive version of this at home with hacked Kinects and their own 3D printers. If I had a Kinect I'd probably try it myself.

    They don't mention how it gets painted. I'm betting that's extra.
     
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    Some 3D Printers can print in color.
     
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    Not with that level of detail they don't. They show some unpainted in the link, they are painting these by hand.

    I like the idea of walking into a booth with a full color miniature dropping out a couple minutes later, but this is definitely not that. Maybe in 20 years we'll see that.
     
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    Closer, but still not the same thing by a long shot. Was that scanned and printed in a photobooth-type enclosure all in a couple minutes or less?

    Face it, it doesn't exist yet. Soon, but not yet. I will admit that color printing on a small scale is better than I thought it was after looking through some shapeways examples, but that's only part of the problem solved with speeding up the whole process to a true functioning photobooth-type setup.

    The 3D scanning alone takes 15 minutes, and it's done in a lab. Who knows how long the printing (and possibly painting) takes.
     
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    What's this 'a couple minutes or less' thing? You have to hold your pose for 15 minutes.
    read the article.
    What you are saying that cannot be done is being done now.

    Maybe they just have a different printer than you.
     
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    ...you either aren't comprehending my point or you're just trying to argue. Either way, I give up.
     
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    Apparently I'm not.
     
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    Fine, I'll try this one more time. I said:

    Note the bolded. To which you replied:

    While I admitted the state of color printing is better than I thought it was, what I said may be possible in 20 years did not happen four years ago and still hasn't. Do you see my point now?
     
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    No.
    Altho the couple minutes part did not happen 4 years ago or now... and you have to hold your pose for 15 minutes now... the point is that the article clearly states that the 3D printing "captures not only your features, but also the basic textures of your clothing and hair."

    Not hand painted.

    The movie Paranorman had 3D printed faces for stop motion- in color. They printed them in color. I have held faces used in the film.

    Again, not hand painted.

    The motorcycle and tools were printed in multiple materials and multiple colors. They were printed already assembeled. The motorcycle engine starts- right out of the printer.
    This was years ago. It is more than reasonable to conclude that in the technological capital on earth, they are capable of more than those links, and printing a small replica of a person in color without being hand painted.

    I dunno- I'm just not seeing any evidence that they aren't capable of doing what they say they are doing.

    Maybe just not in 2 minutes.
     
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    There's no "maybe" about that, and that was pretty much my entire point. I hear the title "3D printing photobooth" and I expect something akin to an actual photobooth in function and form. This is done in a lab by technicians and it takes a lot of time and equipment. Whether they can do it in color or they have to paint them is trivial.

    Simply put, a "photobooth" it ain't. It's a deceptive title for what is essentially mashing a bunch of existing techs together. If it were actually a self contained scanning/printing booth that cranked figurines out, I would be impressed - but this, not so much.
     
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    It's already here my man.The worlds first ,open to the public for sale Replicator happened this summer.In due time these things will get faster but still,DAMN.
    MakerBot Replicator
     
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    Makerbot has been making (overpriced and overhyped) printers for a long time, and other people and companies have been making open source printers long before they ever did.

    Look up the history of reprap if you don't believe me. This has been going on for years, there is absolutely nothing "first" about what Makerbot does.
     
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    Gad, I hate flashy tech-show presentation BS. :)  (Mostly sour grapes, because Solidworks never sends us to stuff like this. :drunk  :drunk  :( )

    Here's the story behind this motorcycle in more detail:

    http://www.canadianmanufacturing.com/design-engineering/cad-cam/get-your-motor-running-8381

    It looks great, but it doesn't run. The sound engineer was right on cue with that recording, though. It's not printed out in one piece, either; it's assembled from 100 printed parts, and judging by the part count and the way the turboprop engine (mentioned later) was simplified, I'd guess the motorcycle engine & transmission probably don't include internal components. I suspect it wasn't molded directly in color...because the article doesn't say it was, and that's the sort of thing you'd brag about if you did it. Got to read between the lines.

    I think my favorite thing about all this is that it was originally done in 'spare time and after hours', which is usually code for 'I did a lot of this while I was supposed to be working on something boring.' :D 
     
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    I missed the part where he claimed the motorcycle runs (right off the printer no less), lol. Of COURSE it doesn't run.