If you have ever wanted a statue of yourself, but failed to have the foresight necessary to have become pope or queen or some sort of national hero, then you’ve probably been pretty excited about the 3D printed selfies that seem to be available in new locations practically every day. We’ve seen them advertised to create personalized sports memorabilia and just as great gift ideas for friends and loved ones…or even a shrine to yourself.
You don’t have to give any of those options up, but you might be interested to know that now some people have used this technology to create their own cosplay selfie statues. If you’re into cosplay, you know how much effort goes in to the creation of the costume, the look, and the props, and what better way to pay homage to your work than to have a 3D printed life-like figurine of you as your alter ego. Wouldn’t that look grand on the mantle of your fireplace or as the centerpiece for your coffee table?
You wouldn’t be the only one who thought so. People lined up for the opportunity to create just such a piece when they attended the Kansas City Comic Con. The possibility was presented by artist Jo Kamm and his 3D Photobooth. The photo part is generated by a camera-rigged Xbox Kinect. The booth is more metaphorical but consists of a turntable upon which the subject poses while their image is captured from every angle. It takes a full two minutes to complete the scan, so hopefully nothing starts to itch during the process.
After all of those images are collected, they are then stitched together to create a digital 3D model of you in all of your glorious finery. Now, some people would choose to have that figurine painted so that it accurately reflects the full polychromatic impact of their attire. But before you commit, there is another option.
Picture this: It’s dark, you are walking down the hallway in your new apartment where your cat, who harbors a secret hatred for all figurines, has knocked your 3D printed cosplay selfie onto the floor. Just before you step on the figurine causing damage to your tender feet, and your relationship with your cat, you see something a faint glow on the floor that causes you to divert your path.
You were smart enough to print your figurine in glow-in-the-dark plastic and the cat’s plan to make you do the midnight dance of pain has been foiled.
At least for now.
You can check out more of the 3D printed cosplay selfies at the artist’s Sketfab gallery–and maybe take some inspiration for your next costume or selfie! Let us know if you have done anything like this in the past. Discuss in the 3D Printed Cosplay Selfie forum thread on 3DPB.com.