Jun.4, 2013

Human doll cloning is so hot right now in Japan. When it comes to tech, Japan's ahead of the curve. Back in 2011, a company called Clone Factory, based in Akihabara, has already started to offer services to get people cloned. Using a combination of SLR's cameras, 3D rendering, 3D printing plus a fee of ¥138,000 (US$1,426), you can get a miniature clone of yourself.

Danny Choo of Culture Japan visited the Clone Factory, in Tokyo's Akihabara district and shared his experience and behind-the-scenes imagery of the Clone Factory.

At Clone Factory, a chair in the middle of the room is surrounded by digital SLR's. All you have to do is just sit on the chair and all the cameras do the work. Using a 3D modeling software all images from each camera can be combined together. Once the 3D data is ready, the 3D file is sent to the ZPrinter 650 3D printer. A tray full of plaster powder is inserted and the 3D printer creates the detailed model using layers of ink which harden in the plaster. When the process is complete, the remaining powdery plaster needs to be removed. The final product is then covered in some sort of top coat to protect the surface. The detail is pretty impressive.

According to Clone Factory, this service is very popular with people who want to immortalize themselves on special occasions, like weddings.


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