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China's first 3D printing museum opens


10:59, January 19, 2013

To get the full-on 3D experience, visitors can opt to have a mini sculpture of themselves created from scratch. [File Photo]

China's first 3D printing museum was opened at the Beijing DRC Industrial Design and Creative Industry Base on Jan. 15th, 2013, giving visitors a chance to experience this amazing 3D technology, according to Beijing Evening News.

In a bid to gain some full-on experience, visitors can have their entire body scanned by a shoebox-sized 3D scanner. The multi-dimensional data will then be stored and processed by computer. Several hours later, they will receive a 3D life-like mini sculpture of themselves.

Apart from human figurines, the museum can also print out other items, including cans, rings, vases, shoes, dolls and iPhone holders.

The price for one 15cm-tall human figurine currently stands at several hundred yuan.

The world's first 3D printing photo booth, which creates life-like miniature photos, was opened in Tokyo, Japan, last year.

It is widely believed that 3D printing technology will ring in the third Industrial Revolution.

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