3D minia­tures com­mem­o­rate peo­ple, pets

Tragedy spurs idea for 3D minia­tures com­mem­o­rat­ing peo­ple and pets.

Los Angeles Times - - CALIFORNIA - BEN BRAZIL ben­jamin.brazil@la­times.com Twit­ter: @ben­brazilpi­lot Brazil writes for Times Com­mu­nity News.

Cre­ators of 3d Like­ables bring a new di­men­sion to mem­o­ries.

Af­ter their daugh­ter died, Jonathan and So­nia Tom­lin­son opened an un­usual busi­ness in­spired by her fight with leukemia.

Their Hunt­ing­ton Beach com­pany, 3d Like­ables, uses three-di­men­sional scan­ning and print­ing to cre­ate life­like minia­ture repli­cas of peo­ple and pets.

The Tom­lin­sons weren’t able to cre­ate a “like­able” of their daugh­ter Gianna be­fore she died in May at age 24.

But Jonathan said he learned that life is fleet­ing and that the most im­por­tant part of it are mem­o­ries gleaned from ex­pe­ri­ences with loved ones. Now the cou­ple feel it’s their mis­sion to help oth­ers pre­serve those mem­o­ries.

“This busi­ness is my hus­band’s way of turn­ing an ab­so­lutely dev­as­tat­ing event in life into some­thing beau­ti­ful for as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble,” So­nia said.

The Hunt­ing­ton Beach res­i­dents, both 42, say 3D repli­cas cap­ture mo­ments in a way that can’t be du­pli­cated by a pho­to­graph.

“We are all used to pho­to­graphs in 2D, but we see and ex­pe­ri­ence life in 3D,” Jonathan said. “Now they can re­mem­ber the mo­ment the ex­act way it was sup­posed to be.”

To get a like­able is sim­ple: A cus­tomer makes an ap­point­ment by email­ing info@3dlike­ables.com or call­ing (310) 545-9434.

As many as four peo­ple can be scanned at once at the store, which takes less than a sec­ond. Then the replica, a fig­urine, is made out of sand­stone, a ma­te­rial Jonathan said is long-last­ing and sim­i­lar to dry­wall.

It takes one to two weeks for the replica to be de­liv­ered.

Pric­ing is rel­a­tive to the size of the prod­uct. The small­est fig­urine for a sin­gle per­son, 3 inches, costs $49. The largest, 9 inches, costs $210. For more price in­for­ma­tion, visit 3dlike­ables.com/like­able-pric­ing.

Jonathan said peo­ple may get a like­able for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons — to cap­ture how they looked the day they went to the U.S. Open of Surf­ing or how a child looked the day he or she hit a big home run. Grand­chil­dren may want to sur­prise their grand­par­ents with a replica of them for the man­tel.

The busi­ness can also take its scan­ning equip­ment on the road for cor­po­rate events and par­ties.

“The op­tions are lim­it­less,” So­nia said.

Oth­ers in the Tom­lin­son fam­ily also have ral­lied around 3d Like­ables.

Daugh­ters Sophia, 13, and Athena, 9, help out at the store.

Sons J.J., 3, and Zeke, 1, aren’t old enough yet to lend a hand.

Jonathan said the girls take pride in what they’re of­fer­ing be­cause they’ve learned the value of cap­tur­ing mem­o­ries be­fore it’s too late.

As part of the fam­ily’s ded­i­ca­tion to Gianna, 3d Like­ables wants to start a part­ner­ship with the Leukemia & Lym­phoma So­ci­ety, Jonathan said.

Don Leach Daily Pi­lot

AT 3D LIKE­ABLES in Hunt­ing­ton Beach, Sophia Warfield, left, be­holds a life­like minia­ture of her­self cre­ated with 3D pho­tog­ra­phy and print­ing. The com­pany’s founders, Jonathan and So­nia Tom­lin­son, were in­spired by their daugh­ter’s fight with leukemia.

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