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Friends Get Drunk Together, What Happens Next Probably Won’t Surprise You

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drunkMost of us have been drunk before and gone on to do things which we may regret. The lack of inhibition can be both a blessing and a curse when it comes to alcohol consumption. While some individuals land themselves in jail for their illegal drunken antics, others embarrass themselves in a more benign fashion, which ultimately leads to stories which are remembered and retold for decades to come. For one group of friends celebrating the opening of a 3D printing and scanning store in Norway, a bit of benign embarrassment resulted from a little bit too much to drink one night.

After the Dimension 10 store closed in Trondheim, Norway one night, the owner, Christer-André Fagerslett, had two friends over to celebrate. When they woke up in the morning, the two men were surprised at what they had helped create.

The store, which offers 3D scanning and printing services, particularly a photogrammetry system, is a big hit in the area. Consisting of over 100 DSLR cameras which are able to take a three-dimensional scan within seconds, the scanner is part of a more elaborate system to 3D print figurines of people, pets and whatever else can fit into the circular area. The two friends must have wandered into the scanner and posed for the array of cameras. Fagerslett then took the imagery and turned it into a full-color 3D printable model.

“We can scan up to 16k textures and 5 million polygons on a human no problem,” explained Fagerslett.

Also within the Dimension 10 store there resides a $50,000 3D Systems Projet 660 3D printer. This machine uses a binder material and plaster to fabricate objects in full color, and that’s just what Fagerslett did with the scan of his friends.drunk3

While for now the names of the two individuals in question will remain secure, one man is holding the other in his arms, while the man being held has a local Norwegian beer in his left hand and a banana in his right. Both men are staring intently into each other’s eyes; one is half naked. As you can see from the images, the clarity of the print is rather crisp and the men seem to be having a good old drunken time.

“It somehow looks better in real life than in pictures,” explained Fagerslett while discussing the 3D printed figurine. “Closeup photos do not do it justice, but I expect much better printers coming soon.”

While this may be a tad bit embarrassing for the two men, the figurine is certainly something they will be able to show off and laugh about for years to come. The only question now is if Fagerslett will print a second copy of the model so that both men can place them on their respective mantles.

Discuss this rather comical 3D print in the 3D Printing When Drunk forum thread on 3DPB.com.

A 3D Print of Fagerslett

A 3D Print of Fagerslett

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