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UK Supermarket Offers Shoppers 3D-Printed Clones Of Themselves

Scan people, pets and cars while you're out picking up the weekly groceries.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on October 15, 2013. @greenidealism

Going out to pick up the groceries could soon involve picking up a detailed 3D-printed miniature version of yourself as well, especially as UK supermarket Asda plans to start offering in-store 3D scanning and printing facilities for its customers. It’s not limited to people either, bring along some favorite household items to scan while you do the weekly shopping.

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The supermarket will begin trialing the technology from October 15th, with prices starting at just £40 ($63). The process uses a hand-held scanner, which means anything can be scanned – including people, pets and even cars. Once scanned, ceramic fluid is used to build a high-quality 20-centimetre model, which can be produced in full-colour, white or a bronze-style coating.

Trialing at a store in York first, the process only takes two minutes to complete, with customers having to wait an additional week for the finished product to arrive after digital files have been sent off for processing.

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Ross is a freelance writer who specializes in topics about the environment, architecture, art, design and creative tech. He is passionate about making a difference with his writing, whether that’s to encourage social change, promote a great idea, or just share a little bit of beauty with the world. You can also find his work on Inhabitat and Techly.com.au.

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