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.