June 25, 2014

Asda, one of Britain's leading retailers, teamed up with Artec Group to bring 3D printing technology to shoppers in the UK with the installation of Artec Shapify Booth, a high speed 3D full body scanner in its Trafford Park store. The scanning booth will allow customers to create a 3D miniature replica of themselves.

Artec Shapify Booth

The Artec scanning booth, equipped with wide-view, high-resolution 3D scanners and a rotation rig, takes just 12 seconds to scan a person. The Artec algorithms automatically fuse 700 captured surfaces into a detailed printable file. This digital model is then sent to the Asda 3D printing centre to be made into an 8″ mini-statue in full colour on a ZPrinter 650, a photo-realistic 3D printer. The customer can collect the prints from the store one week later. The new 3D printing technologies allows the processing of a huge volume of high quality figurines at a time, but it is not cheap. Each figure will set you back by £60 ($102).

According to Artec, this full-body 3D scanner is the first of its kind in the world. Asda brought affordable 3D printing to the market and customers at the end of 2013. Previously, Asda has used Artec's 3D hand-held scanners to make figures at its stores in York and Edinburgh, but that requires a wait of around 5 minutes for each scan.

Customers can also come along to be scanned in their sports kit, wedding outfits, graduation robes or fancy dress, taking something totally new and personalised back home with them.

Posted in 3D Scanning

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