3D printing service launched at Asda Monks Cross store

York Press: A model is scanned by a camera operator A model is scanned by a camera operator

YORK has been selected by supermarket giant Asda to test a revolutionary 3D printing service from today.

Shoppers to the Monks Cross store will be the first in the country to trial the new device, which allows objects up to the size of a family car to be scanned and printed in a miniature form.

The service is being launched today, and will see scanner cameras capturing every angle of the subject during a two-minute scanning session.

The shape will then be recreated in 3D form by spraying ceramic fluid in thin layers to build up a solid object.

The idea is that figures will be printed and painted, and ready to be picked up as part of shoppers’ next weekly shop.

Bosses behind the scheme, which has been 18 months in the making following work with the supermarket’s American parent company Walmart, predict the most popular 3D items will be miniature figurines, taking the “family photograph” to the next level.

Evolving beyond filling frames with photographs of friends and family, 3D printed “mini me” figures will add a new dimension to shoppers’ mantelpieces.

The lifelike models are also expected to be popular as personalised wedding cake toppers, or a tribute to a favourite pet.

Mark Ibbotson, retail director at Asda said: “We are thrilled to be the first supermarket and best value retailer to offer this new shopping experience in the UK.

“Our customers are always looking for the next big innovation and 3D printing is a guaranteed talking point amongst friends and family this season.

“With limitless printing options available, we’re very excited to see how our customers will take advantage of this groundbreaking piece of technology.”

3D Printing is already available in the UK, however Asda aims to offer the first “affordable” service nationwide with the scheme set to roll out across the country, with scans costing from £40 per print.

The launch of the 3D printing service follows Asda’s recent launch of the UK’s first ever 3D Rapid Scan3.

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10:08am Tue 15 Oct 13

MrsHoney says...

I think it would be a great before and after for people on a diet as well! lol
I think it would be a great before and after for people on a diet as well! lol MrsHoney
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10:45am Tue 15 Oct 13

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

If they used it on themselves, we could have hundreds of Asda stores by the end of the week...
If they used it on themselves, we could have hundreds of Asda stores by the end of the week... Ignatius Lumpopo
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10:56am Tue 15 Oct 13

Platform9 says...

"The service is being launched today, and will see scanner cameras capturing every angle of the subject during a two-minute scanning session.

The shape will then be recreated in 3D form by spraying ceramic fluid in thin layers to build up a solid object."

I think Katie Price (Jorden) was the "Test Dummy" for this project!
"The service is being launched today, and will see scanner cameras capturing every angle of the subject during a two-minute scanning session. The shape will then be recreated in 3D form by spraying ceramic fluid in thin layers to build up a solid object." I think Katie Price (Jorden) was the "Test Dummy" for this project! Platform9
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1:16pm Tue 15 Oct 13

nasrudin says...

So is the colouring done manually? It looks like her hat has changed colour during the process?

I think this could be weak link, if they're in a rush to produce these things...

Would be interested to give it a go, but I guess that would mean breaking my promise never to set foot in Monk's Cross ADSA again after some terrible customer service a few years ago!
So is the colouring done manually? It looks like her hat has changed colour during the process? I think this could be weak link, if they're in a rush to produce these things... Would be interested to give it a go, but I guess that would mean breaking my promise never to set foot in Monk's Cross ADSA again after some terrible customer service a few years ago! nasrudin
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1:19pm Tue 15 Oct 13

Cal Jei Steinbeck says...

What is the world coming to? The only thing I can see this being good for is lookalike wedding cake toppers.
What is the world coming to? The only thing I can see this being good for is lookalike wedding cake toppers. Cal Jei Steinbeck
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1:43pm Tue 15 Oct 13

YorkPatrol says...

MrsHoney wrote:
I think it would be a great before and after for people on a diet as well! lol
I agree but the price would have to reflect;

Before £899 per print

After £40 per print
[quote][p][bold]MrsHoney[/bold] wrote: I think it would be a great before and after for people on a diet as well! lol[/p][/quote]I agree but the price would have to reflect; Before £899 per print After £40 per print YorkPatrol
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4:20pm Tue 15 Oct 13

smiler45 says...

How about printing a 3D world that isn't screwed up like the one we currently live on.

Make sure you don't print any meddling governments to screw that one up too.
How about printing a 3D world that isn't screwed up like the one we currently live on. Make sure you don't print any meddling governments to screw that one up too. smiler45
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10:41pm Tue 15 Oct 13

Silver says...

£40 sure,think it'll increase the sale of JA voodoo dolls
£40 sure,think it'll increase the sale of JA voodoo dolls Silver
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3:01am Wed 16 Oct 13

Oncebitten says...

The potential for this technology is amazing.
The little I've read on the subject it certainly could revolutionise the way we approach medicine IE joint replacement. I can't wait to see it in action.
The potential for this technology is amazing. The little I've read on the subject it certainly could revolutionise the way we approach medicine IE joint replacement. I can't wait to see it in action. Oncebitten
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8:24am Wed 16 Oct 13

smudge2 says...

Oncebitten wrote:
The potential for this technology is amazing.
The little I've read on the subject it certainly could revolutionise the way we approach medicine IE joint replacement. I can't wait to see it in action.
Can't you sleep commenting at 3.01am ???
[quote][p][bold]Oncebitten[/bold] wrote: The potential for this technology is amazing. The little I've read on the subject it certainly could revolutionise the way we approach medicine IE joint replacement. I can't wait to see it in action.[/p][/quote]Can't you sleep commenting at 3.01am ??? smudge2
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1:36pm Wed 16 Oct 13

Oncebitten says...

smudge2 wrote:
Oncebitten wrote:
The potential for this technology is amazing.
The little I've read on the subject it certainly could revolutionise the way we approach medicine IE joint replacement. I can't wait to see it in action.
Can't you sleep commenting at 3.01am ???
What I do at 3.01 am is my business!
Obviously you don't have anything sensible to say about this amazing technology!........t
hat's rhetorical btw.
[quote][p][bold]smudge2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oncebitten[/bold] wrote: The potential for this technology is amazing. The little I've read on the subject it certainly could revolutionise the way we approach medicine IE joint replacement. I can't wait to see it in action.[/p][/quote]Can't you sleep commenting at 3.01am ???[/p][/quote]What I do at 3.01 am is my business! Obviously you don't have anything sensible to say about this amazing technology!........t hat's rhetorical btw. Oncebitten
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6:39pm Wed 16 Oct 13

PinzaC55 says...

They could make 3d models of York councillors. They would be cheaper and do a better job.
They could make 3d models of York councillors. They would be cheaper and do a better job. PinzaC55
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