Oct.9, 2013

Next time when you do shopping in Supermarket chain Asda you could get yourself 3D scanned and pick up 3D-printed miniature variation of yourself in a week.

Asda, a subsidiary of the American retail company Walmart and today is the UK's second largest chain by market share after Tesco, has become the first supermarket in the UK to offer 3D printing services. The prices of this new 3D printing service start at £40, Dailymail reported.

Using a portable 3D scanner (like the Artec Eva) an Asda employee moves around the subject to make the blueprints for 3D-printed mini figurines. Models can be scaled to whatever size the customer wants, and these designs are then sent to a 3D printing factory that creates lifelike figures made of high-quality ceramic. Figures can be made in colour, white or covered in a bronze-style coating.

Asda is trialling the service in its York store from 15 October and the company says it plans to roll out the service nationwide afterwards.

In a statement, Asda said: 'Evolving well beyond simply filling frames with photographs of friends and family, 3D printed 'mini me' figures will add a whole new dimension to shoppers' mantelpieces. 'The lifelike models are also expected to be popular as personalised wedding cake toppers, and you could even have a model of your family pet.'


Source: Dailymail


Posted in 3D Printing Services



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