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3D print helps to keep up appearances

posted 06 May 2016 at 00:01:55

A Chinese funeral home has reportedly dipped its toe into the world of 3D printing and is using the technology to fabricate spare body parts for repairing dead bodies, so that the deceased person will look better at their funeral or memorial service.  

The Shanghai-based Longhua Funeral Parlour is said to be the first funeral service in China to use a 3D printer to model the replacement parts, using 3D scans or photos of the deceased to create a 3D model for printing. The availability of softer, more elastic new printing materials also means that it’s easier to make the replica part more realistic.  

According to the funeral home, the cost of recreating a face is in the region of 4000-5000 yuan (US$615-768).

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