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Disney Studios will 3D print you as a Stormtrooper

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Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park visitors will be able to have themselves 3D scanned and printed as a Stormtrooper — or frozen in carbonite.

Star Wars Weekends is returning to Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida, US — and with it, the chance to have yourself immortalised as a 3D-printed figurine.

Last year, visitors were able to have their heads 3D scanned, then printed out as a figure frozen in carbonite, a la Han Solo. This year, the theme park has added a new figurine: Stormtroopers.

Although 3D scanning and printing is growing more accessible, the tech used by Disney for these figurines is a little more sophisticated than we've seen. Both the scanning and printing technologies involved are of higher-resolution than what is currently available for the consumer markets. For a start, as can be seen in the video below, it actually gets quite a sharp scan of the subject's head.

The file then gets sent off to be 3D printed, with a waiting period before the finished product gets shipped to your address. For the carbonite figure, the waiting period was about four weeks last year, but the time has been doubled — we assume because the Stormtrooper figure is colourised.

"The 10-minute experience uses the world's highest-resolution, single-shot 3D face scanner created by our Imagineering scientists with Disney Research labs. That captured image is later sent to a high resolution 3D printer to create the figurine. The completed figurine will arrive within 7-8 weeks after the experience if shipping domestically (it takes a little longer if shipping internationally)," the website says.

If you want to have a little mini-me Stormtrooper or Carbonite figure, it'll set you back US$99.95. The Star Wars weekends begin 17 May and will run through to 9 June.

Via disneyparks.disney.go.com



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