Print 3D in Asda
Asda are going to trial an in-store 3D printing service, to see if customers have an appetite for it or not. Alas, it only allows us to scan and replicate things in ceramic, but you could still print off the parts for a fancy clay machine gun, right?
It'll be launching on 15th October in York and, if it is a success, it'll roll out nationwide.
"Anything can be scanned – including people, pets and even cars – and the models can be produced in full colour, white or a bronze-style coating," said Asda.
Once a virtual 3D model has been scanned, which takes a couple of minutes, it is then sent off to a specialist 3D printer to be recreated in ceramic. You can have your results in white, full-colour or bronze-style print. We predict a fair few requests for replicas of a variety of genitals from earth mothers and stag-dos.
With that, prices start at £40 for an 8in model, but they can be scaled to whatever size you like. Asda, innocent as ever, expects the "mini me" figures to be popular with shoppers.
"Evolving well beyond simply filling frames with photographs of friends and family, 3D printed ‘mini me’ figures will add a whole new dimension to shoppers’ mantelpieces and the lifelike models are also expected to be popular as personalised wedding cake toppers," said Asda. "This truly is innovation without limits and Asda hopes to be the first retailer to offer this service nationwide."
That said, Asda has placed restrictions on is allowed to be scanned. Firstly, they won't be doing anything that infringes copyright or has any legal issues.
"Nothing smaller than a shoe can be scanned by the system, which should prevent issues around the possible replication of banned items such as the 3D printed gun," said a spokesperson.