Shapify adds a new dimension to selfies with 3D printing

Jan 28, 2014

Shapify has ushered in the new era of the selfie, making it simple for interested folks to have their own 3D-printed self for perching on a desk or as the coolest action figure ever. The service allows those with a Kinect sensor to snap a couple of selfies, upload them, and get a 3D-printed replica in the mail a short while later.

Shapify is the result of Artec Group, and brings 3D printing down to the consumer level, making the digital aspect an at-home process and taking the 3D-printing work offsite. Once printed, the figures are sent by post to the buyer's address like any other product. There are a few limitations, however.

The service can only be used by those who have a Kinect for the computer, which is utilized for taking the images that create a 3D by-product. You'll need at least Windows 7 x64-bit or Windows 8, as well as 4GB or more of RAM, Intel Core i3 or higher, and audio speakers (plus Internet + USB, but those are obvious).

You can check out a video on the company's website detailing the process in simple animation, where there is also a gallery of printed self-figurines that give an idea of quality. Those who decide to give the service a try will need to download software, hence the Windows requirement -- there's a promise that Mac support is on the way.


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