A 3D Wax Statue Printer was recently unveiled in China at the World 3D Printing Technology Industry Conference and Exposition. From Qingdao Unique Products Develop Co. Ltd, the printer is large enough to print life-sized replicas of humans.
The printer is unique because it is able to print at a 1:1 ratio and can replicate any object up to 2 meters in height. Using Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) technology, it creates the statues by extruding wax filaments (available in a variety of colors) to make layers. The material hardens immediately.
It will take users approximately 72 hours to print a 50cm high wax statue, at 90mm per second. A life-sized figure would take at least a week to complete.
Traditionally, creating a wax figure (like those made famous by Madame Tussauds) takes three to six months to completely through a pretty complex process. It is also quite costly at $160,000 a figure. Thanks to the new 3D printer, users simply need to scan themselves, or the object they want replicated. That information is processed by a computer then sent to the printer.
The company expects that their new printer will be used for the creation of dolls and for personalized designs.