Dam­aged corpses can get 3D facelifts

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A de­ceased vic­tim of an ac­ci­dent whose face or head was dis­fig­ured can now ap­pear per­fect be­fore the fu­neral through 3D print­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Longhua Fu­neral Home in Shang­hai, which claims to be first in the world to use the tech­nol­ogy in such an ap­pli­ca­tion, be­gan the ser­vice last week ahead of Tomb Sweep­ing Day on Mon­day, when peo­ple tra­di­tion­ally pay their re­spects to the dead.

A pro­fes­sional

beau­ti­cian us­ing con­ven­tional clay and wax meth­ods may re­quire a week to re­pair a face dam­aged in an ac­ci­dent, such as a fire, ex­plo­sion or car ac­ci­dent.

“With 3D print­ing, it takes only five or 10 hours to copy a whole face, in­clud­ing hair and mus­tache,” said Liu Feng­ming, a se­nior en­gi­neer at the stu­dio. “The fi­nal re­sult shows great re­sem­blance to the per­son at least 95 per­cent.”

“The soft­ware is im­ported from the US,” Liu said.

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