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Shapeways Photoshaper Prints Your 2D Photos In 3D (Sort Of)

By Evan Ackerman

We were introduced to Shapeways and their custom 3D printing at CES this year. Today, they’re showing off a new technique that takes advantage of translucent properties of the 3D material. All you have to do is upload a digital photo, and Shapeways will turn it into what is basically a monochrome depth map and print it out in 3D. The effect is kinda cool, but unless you mount the image with a lamp behind it, the rest of the time it makes pictures of people look more than a little creepy.

Each 3×5 3D print costs between $40 and $50, including global shipping and a 10 day turnaround time.

[ Shapeways Photoshaper ]


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