Okay geeks, here is the perfect holiday gift. A bust of your head. And you don’t need to have a sculptor make one. With this new addition to MakerBot’s standard 3D printer, you can create 3D-printed busts.
Just take some pictures with Direct Dimensions’ ShapeShot photo booth software. This method employs the use of four digital cameras, positioned to capture different angles of the subject’s face. The cameras simultaneously take pictures, then the four images are combined to create a 3D image of subject.
ShapeShot has a user community where people can share their 3D portraits, and some apps where users can play with their 3D portrait. With MakerBot, the 3D printer takes the portrait, slices it into layers, and prints the result.
Right now, the only way to get a MakerBot portrait is to visit its store in New York City. It will take about five minutes to have your picture taken. Then you place your order with MakerBot, and they will ship it to you when finished, in four-to-six weeks.