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3D printing can create realistic face masks

Posted by Brad Edmond on Wed, Oct 24, 2012 @ 05:10 AM

Searching for the perfect Halloween costume just got a little easier thanks to a new idea from Cubify that will use 3D printing to make the holiday creepier than ever. io9 reports that the 3D printing company is using its flagship technology to allow party-goers to create 3D models of their own faces - a truly one-of-a-kind costume for the scariest holiday of the year.

According to the company's blog, a Cubify employee used a CAT scan machine to make a model of his own face, then used additive manufacturing to bring the hyper-realistic mask to life.

"The beginning of the freakiest Halloween costume ever?" the blog asks. "We can only hope!"

3D printing has applications that go far beyond mere scare factor, however. The ability of 3D printers to accurately recreate the natural imperfections in skin have huge implications for the medical field, because the technology could be used to create extremely realistic prosthetics for victims of disfiguring accidents.

Medical firms are already developing 3D printing techniques that will be used to fit wounded soldiers with new limbs, and 3D printed models have also been used to develop artificial joints perfectly tailored to a person's unique bone structure.

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