One of the projects with enormous potential is to print working body parts that could get around the problems of finding organ donors. Other uses that are already a reality are industrial components, bicycles and even whole houses.
So I guess the 3D selfie, although of more questionable value, was inevitable.
One company, DOOB 3D, will take your picture and create a detailed figurine that is an exact likeness of you.
To manufacture the figurine in your likeness, DOOB 3D uses a room size scanning booth containing 54 DSLRs, 54 lenses, a complex 3D modelling system and an $80,000 colour 3D printer.
Each booth, called a DOOB-LOCATOR, has the cameras arranged in nine columns of six cameras each.
After getting in their pose, all the cameras fire at once and the result is a full-body scan in only a matter of seconds.
Options range from US$85 for a 10-ceentimetre figurine to $695 for a 35-centimetre likeness. There’s even an option of a life-size model for around $75,000.
Just one problem – you will have to take control of any body sculpting as the company will not Photoshop away those extra kilograms. That’s up to you.
Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.