Sample products on display at the Pinla3D store in Nanjing. (Internet photo)
Why have a life-size waxwork replica made when you can use a 3D printer to clone people for a fraction of the cost?
Ordinary people can now do just that at the Pinla3D store, which officially opened on March 2 in Nanjing's Wondercity Mall in east China's Jiangsu province, according to a report from the city's Yangtse Evening Post.
The store, the first to offer 3D printing of actual people in Nanjing, reportedly offers 3D printing different to a traditional 3D printer in that it can even perfectly replicate colors. The technology is allegedly similar to that featured in Jackie Chan's 2013 film Chinese Zodiac, in which the action star uses a 3D printer to clone priceless artifacts.
The smallest-sized clone that can be created at the store is only the size of a human fingernail and costs several hundred yuan. The largest version available is a 1:1 life-size replica, priced at 175,000 yuan (US$28,500).
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