A collaboration between New York based Body Labs and design firm Voodoo Manufacturing, is now offering a way for anyone with $3,000 to have a detailed full-size 3D printed body of themselves.
The individual 3D printer parts that make up the life-size replica printed by Voodoo Manufacturing’s factory in Brooklyn, New York, where the company has a bank of 150 MakerBot 3D printers geared up ready to re-create your body from the scans that are separated into 88 separate segments, and reassembled.
Watch the video below to learn more about the scanning process which is carried out by Body Labs. Voodoo Manufacturing’s co-founder Jonathan Schwartz explains more about the process and the inspiration behind it.
At Voodoo Manufacturing, we use desktop 3D printers with build volumes of roughly 11″ x 6″ x 6″, so it’s not quite possible to print out a full-size, 6’1. – Thankfully, without feeling any actual pain, my body model was cut into 88 unique pieces, each piece small enough to print on a single 3D printer. These pieces were then individually “sliced” (or prepared) for printing using our in-house cloud-slicer. The key point here is that instead of having to manually prepare each of these 88 files, waiting for your computer to generate the .gcode the printers run on, we were able to offload all of this computing to the cloud. It made it a lot easier and faster.
One benefit of doing this rather than trying to print out the entire body on a single larger printer is that we can now parallelize the printing of all 88 unique pieces across 88 separate printers. By doing this, you’re speeding up the manufacturing time by close to 30x. While cutting up the model, we added labels and pin holes to the interior of the pieces so that we could easily assemble them once printed. Think of a big puzzle.