Similar product could come to Wal-Mart


After a trial period of only a couple weeks to see how customers would respond to the idea, one of Britain's largest supermarket chains will begin offering 3D printed models of its patrons in more stores.

"Our customers are always looking for the next big innovation and 3D printing is a guaranteed talking point amongst friends and family this season," Asda Retail Director Mark Ibbotson said. "With limitless printing options available, we're very excited to see how our customers will take advantage of this groundbreaking piece of technology."

Asda began offering patrons the chance to have an eight-inch "mini-me" model of themselves created with a 3D printer in its store in York only a couple of weeks ago, but the demand has been so great the company is looking to expand the service to more of its 566 stores throughout the United Kingdom.

It remains to be seen if Wal-Mart, which owns Asda, will offer American shoppers a similar service.

Asda and Wal-Mart staff have worked very closely together for about a year and half bringing the idea, according to an Asda press release.

The idea has gotten enough traction that Selfridges, a high-end department store in London, has teamed up with iMakr, to offer similar models through the holiday shopping season.

For about $65 USD, Asda shoppers can be scanned into a computer in a couple of minutes with a hand held device and have a perfect model of themselves in about eight hours.

Selfridges' models run between $80 and $325 USD.

Just a tip though, don't go on a bad hair day because this thing is pretty precise.

And if you're thinking, "How vain do you have to be to get a miniature model of yourself?" it doesn't have to be of you. You could scan your Grandmother or children, or even your pet.

Promotional material from Asda pitch the models as perfect wedding cake toppers.

So the next time you go shopping in the UK, don't forget to put "mini-me" on the list, just below the blood pudding and spotted dick.