The first of its kind in the world, a 3-D printer that lets users print themselves a full-size model of the inside of their body, and is capable of printing in a wide range of materials.
The new device, a HP Photosmart printer, uses an HP Xpress 2 printer to make a 3d printed model of a body.
The printer can make a variety of 3D objects, including faces, organs, clothing, and more.
But unlike other 3D printers, the HP PhotosMart printer can also print objects such as clothing, shoes, and even body parts, such as the spine of a bird.
“The idea is to give the users a way to design a 3DS-style version of the body,” said John Tullock, chief scientist for HP’s 3D printing group.
Tullock was one of the founders of 3d printing, a field that has seen rapid growth in recent years, as companies like 3D Systems, MakerBot, and Stratasys have made it easier for people to make and print objects from scratch.
But it has yet to be a widely adopted process for creating real-life 3D models, Tullocks said.
Tulock was part of a team that created a 3.5-pound model of its own body, the 3-pound Model A. The HP PhotosMasters were able to print it in a range of colors and material, including titanium, polycarbonate, and other materials.
“I’m pretty confident that this printer can actually print a 3DP model of your body,” Tullocks said.
“We believe that the 3D print can be used for things like body armor, for people who have a physical disability that might require a 3DT printer, for the people who want to create a prosthetic arm or hand,” he added.HP Photosmart is a product of HP Labs and HP Corp., the makers of the HP XPress, HP’s first 3D desktop printer.
The company is based in Santa Clara, California, and has a presence in the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Australia, South Korea, Brazil, Taiwan, and Russia.