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.
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.