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Oxford Street stalwart Selfridges will plunge into the 3D-printing business with a pop-up shop - just in time for the Christmas rush. The store within a store comes from London's iMakr, which has its own 3D printer outlet on London's Clerkenwell Road (and dangerously close to Vulture Central's new digs). Visitors to …


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  1. Pete 2

    Hit and miss

    > "Every object is original and unique,"

    Is that just a polite way to say that 3D printers can't reproduce models accurately?

    1. Steve Todd

      Re: Hit and miss

      If you've calibrated the printer correctly then you can print parts to tolerances of less than 0.1mm. The range of different plastics & colours is one way to differentiate the copies, deliberately changing output size is another. If you have access to the original design files as well then you've got infinite scope for variations.

      1. hplasm Silver badge

        Re: Hit and miss

        "you can print parts to tolerances of less than 0.1mm."

        So it's low precision as well?

        1. Steve Todd

          Re: Hit and miss

          Depends on your definition of precision. I doubt you'll see carpenters working to that accuracy, but a decent metal shop making small components should be able to beat that by at least a couple of orders of magnitude. The big problem with plastic is that it changes in size noticeably with heat, you have to compensate for that when printing. That variation is going to result in inaccuracies.

  2. Neil Lewis


    Unless this is an actual copy of a DC figurine, I'd suggest it's more likely to be a trademark issue than a copyright one...

    Still, the argument most likely holds true that the driver for this technology might well be the ability to acquire freebie source files for printing 3D items by dubious means. The cost per print will have to come down a *lot* to make it desirable for such impecunious, entitlement-driven types though.

    1. DJ Smiley

      Re: Copyright?

      Theres the idiot in a rush question.

      Would an idiot in a rush confuse the two? I'd argue no, because it's bright green...... however it is clearly a bright green batman with a yellow cloak wielding a blue sword.


  3. frank ly

    It's not Batman, it's Catman

    The shape and position of the ears often confuses people.

    1. Brewster's Angle Grinder Silver badge

      Re: It's not Batman, it's Catman

      As is the "retractable" giant claw.

  4. Tom 11

    Maybe so

    But that is indisputably the Sword of Omens he is wielding.



    1. hplasm Silver badge

      Re: Maybe so

      Surely 'tis the S'word of Dobber!

  5. Frankee Llonnygog


    I no longer have to wait for the cereal makers to give away a crappy plastic figure

  6. Cuddles Silver badge

    "Every object is original and unique"

    "pick a toy from the designs offered by"

    Hmm, that's certainly an interesting interpretation of "original and unique".

  7. JimmyPage Silver badge

    Why did El Reg headline make me think Blackadder ?

    "So, you think there's a big market for snot coloured jewellery ?"

    1. RainForestGuppy

      Re: Why did El Reg headline make me think Blackadder ?

      can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of purest Green?

      1. Furbian

        Re: Why did El Reg headline make me think Blackadder ?

        They might need to clear that with BBC copyright.

        Anyway, it's snot!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Why did El Reg headline make me think Blackadder ?

      But its made of purest Green!!!

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How long.....

    Will it be until we are printing life like replica of our genitalia?

    Is there an app for that?

    1. lawndart

      Re: How long.....

      It's not MINE I want a copy of, it's ...

    2. hplasm Silver badge
      Paris Hilton

      Re: How long.....

      Life-like or life-sized?

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: How long.....

      Hmm, print your own life size Jessica Alba! [insert name as desired]

      AC as my GF reads these forums occasionally! She does have a sense of humour, but I'm not willing to risk it!

      1. Captain DaFt

        Re: How long.....

        Fnar! Print out one of those, and I don't think it's name you're planning on inserting!

  9. sabba
    Paris Hilton

    I truly hope they have some restrictions...

    ...on which body parts they will scan!! :-)

  10. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

    In theory, copyrights eventually expire

    If you want to 3-D print something without getting sued, the Yellow Kid does not own enough senators to change copyright law.

  11. Refractor

    fatty lumpkin

    Curious how the price for a body scan varies from £50 to £200.

    It would be most distressing when handing over your money to hear.

    “were gonna need a bigger scanner for this one !”


    “that’s £200 to you fatso !”

  12. DJO Silver badge

    's not snot

    snot-coloured Caped Crusader

    If your snot is any of the colours on that model it's probably a bit late for a doctor, save everybody some time and just head straight to the coroners and lay down, the post mortem will be needed soon.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: 's not snot

      There speaks someone who's never spent the afternoon sanding a boat, without a dust mask on...

  13. Mephistro Silver badge

    "Every object is original and unique,"

    Except the sword, that looks remarkably like Frostmourne.

    1. Mephistro Silver badge

      Re: "Every object is original and unique,"

      These guys may have managed to be sued simultaneously by Blizzard and DC Comics. The only way to make things worse would be to attract another lawsuit from Disney.

      Mmmhh... That cape... Where have I seen that cape before?... Yes! Snow White ! ... Oh shit!...

  14. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

    Airfix models?

    What about some clever CAD software that can scan the object, and work out what 3D-printed bits you'd need to make it? Print it all in white & you have an instant Airfix-type kit of any object you like. Hours of fun.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The quality looks like play dough

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