What do you think Shapify might be? No, this pun is not a creation of music streaming service Spotify. Instead of listening to well-shaped music, Shapify enables its users to 3D print themselves. Shapify is created by Arctic Group, a 3D scanning service that wants to print out a second version of you.
That probably sounds a bit spooky, but we’re not talking about a medical revolutionary thing with surreal 3D printed clones and crazy professors. No, forget about all of that, because what Shapify does is making a scan of its user and then 3D print this scan into a figurine. This whole thing will cost users 59 dollars – or 44 euros – and Artec Group ships the figures for free in the U.S. and Europe.
What devices do you need in order to use this service? Well, you will be needing a Microsoft Kinect (a motion sensing input service) for an Xbox 360 or Windows as well as a computer. You have to properly position the Kinect and stand in front of the device, so it can make a good scan of you. The fun fact is that you can wear whatever you like, because different outfits don’t seem to create any technical barriers for the Kinect.
After the scanning, the captured data will be sent to the Shapify.me page on the Internet, where you can order the 3D print of yourself by clicking on the “3D Print” button. Now you have to wait for a couple of days before the figurine will be delivered at your house. 3D printing company Sculpteo does the shipping and your figurine will be made of multicolored plastic material.
If you want to know more about this 3D printing project, then check out the their website. Here’s a video that explains you how to print out yourself in eight easy steps:
Images/ video: Shapify.me.