Lifeform Studio creates life-like 3-D figurines

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LEAWOOD, Kan. -- There are several ways to capture moments -- picture, video, memory -- now, you can add 3-D print to that list.

Mason Menninger and his wife Lisa opened Lifeform Studio in Leawood, Kan., where 3-D photography and a 3-D printer is used to create "mini me's."

"It's a way to capture a moment like no other," Mason Menninger said. "If you want the ultimate way to see that person at that moment indefinitely, this is a great way to capture it."

It takes 101 cameras to create the 3-D images.

"More cameras would allow for better coverage, and it would make reconstructing the 3-D models easier," Lisa Menninger said.

They spent more than $100,000 on cameras alone and saved by building a cage to hold it all together.

"I used motorcycle handlebar attachments. These are outdoor umbrella stands and furniture grade PCV pipe," Mason said.

The images are then sent to an $80,000 printer where the life form model is made. The process takes about a week to finish and will cost $300 to make. But the end result is one of a kind.

The store is located at 11535 Ash Street in Leawood. The grand opening is Saturday, June 28.

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