Hong Kong-based ToyZeroPlus provides amazingly high-quality 3D replicas of scanned faces.
The service uses a unique combination of approaches to develop startlingly realistic models such as that shown above.
First, they capture a detailed 3D scan of a person’s face using Fuel3D’s SCANIFY handheld 3D scanner. This device is specifically designed for capturing faces in short order. We’ve seen this device in action and it usually produces spectacular results.
One issue with SCANIFY, however, is that it doesn’t normally capture 3D data beyond the face, such as the back of the head or hair (if you have some.)
ToyZeroPlus gets past that barrier by adding a second process: clients are requested to supply HD images of themselves, including side and rear views that show the remainder of the head, including hair. The company’s experienced 3D modelers then use the images to manually create a 3D model of the head, to which the captured 3D face is applied.
Once the 3D model is completed, the 3D head models are printed on a very high resolution resin-based 3D printer, the XFAB. This machine is typically used to print dental models, but its resolution is obviously useful here, where ToyZeroPlus prints one-sixth size models of people’s heads.
Finally, ToyZeroPlus finishes the printed 3D models by hand-painting them. This is quite different from other 3D figurine services that capture color 3D data and then print in color. While that workflow is a bit simpler, 3D color prints are typically not as vibrant as you might want to see. Thus, ToyZeroPlus paints the heads in a highly realistic fashion.
Yes, there’s a lot more steps to this process, but the results are quite amazing.