As we humans become increasingly aware of our transience, we respond by trying to grasp onto who we are, right now, for just little while longer. Maxing out our use of photos, portraits, and home movies, we constantly seek innovative ways to freeze moments in our lives, who we were, and how we presented ourselves to the world.
A small German company called Twinkind responded to this craving by combining the increasingly popular 3D printing with the growing desire for innovation in social preservation. The result was impressively realistic figurines.
Their technology integrates 360-degree scanning with 3D printing to create very accurate miniature replicas of yourself and your pets. The specially engineered scanning device uses 100% digital photography to first snap a split-second 3D photo of you. Once you’ve been scanned you can examine your computer generated model to make sure it suits you, and three weeks later your shrunken self is ready for pickup or delivery.
The figurines are made from a composite material, making the end result feel like a clay sculpture. The figurines are accordingly sensitive to water, extreme heat, and are somewhat delicate; thin stray hairs and fingers may break if dropped. But that shouldn’t discourage a creative attire and posture – clients are urged to wear clothing, backpacks, and accessories that reflect their personality. Textures, colors, and smirks are easily replicated by the 3D software. The price of the figurines vary by size, ranging from a $300 palm-size twin to a staggering $1,700 foot-tall monument.
Twinkind is new, but they are already considering expanding to other countries due to high demand. Whether viewed as creepy novelties or miniature monuments, these unique mementos definitely offer a way to finally grasp ourselves in time, as long as our friend’s little brother doesn’t throw our tiny twin in the toilet.