Maybe it's a matter of personal pride or just garden-variety megalomania, but most of us harbor a wish--however secret--of being immortalized. But instead of the time and costly price tag involved in building a huge bronze statue or an alabaster bust, you can do it on the cheap with a detailed Twinkind 3D figurine replica of yourself that fits right in your hand. It's an affordable and downright charming way to pay homage to yourself.
If you like the idea of your own mini-me, you'll have to book an appointment at Twinkind's studio in Germany to get scanned from head to toe (modesty preserved, of course; this isn't the TSA). The scan is harmless and takes only a second to complete, and it provides a 3D model from which the final product can be built.
Using spiffy color 3D printing, your figurine is then created from a performance composite powder and is ready for delivery or pickup about 2-5 weeks later. You can even choose to mount your figurine on a little base plate for that final touch.
This little tribute to your ego isn't exactly cheap: The prices range from €225 for the 15cm model up to €1290 for the 35cm (about $300 to $1725 US, respectively), and that's before shipping. We've seen this sort of thing before, so it seems like 3D printing holds a lot of appeal for our vanity.
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