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posted Friday, May 16 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 20
Local startup puts new perspective on portraiture with Mirrim 3D Portraits
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Local startup puts new perspective on portraiture with Mirrim 3D Portraits

Local startup Mirrim 3D Portraits is bringing an exciting new 3D printed portrait technology to Seattle. The special free sneak-peek called the 'Taste of Mirrim' will be on Saturday, May 24 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Calamus Auditorium at Gay City, 517 E. Pike St. on Capitol Hill.

Using a Microsoft Kinect gaming device, special software, lots of geeky hardware and 3D printers, Mirrim can create for you a distinctive portrait in three dimensions. The realism is so striking that people who see them are consistently amazed. Printed with new full-color 3D printing technology, these tiny 'Mini-Mes' are usually created in 1 inch-to-1-foot scale and have a smooth texture like colored sandstone.

3D portraiture is a completely new product and is available in only a handful of major cities around the world and in very few places in the U.S. today. This is the first public opportunity in the Seattle area for you to check it out.

'We are so excited to introduce this amazing technology to our area,' says Breanna Anderson, Founder and CEO of Mirrim. 'Seattle is a major technology hub and the University of Washington and maker spaces like Metrix Create:Space on Capitol Hill are at the forefront of the revolutionary 3D printing technology that makes our product possible.

'We believe this is going to catch on fast here. We see it not just as a technology, but a new craft and art form that satisfies the traditional need of memorializing people and events. It's a high technology product that your grandmother knows how to use right out of the box.'

Because the medium is so new, Mirrim is presenting this free 'tasting' open to the public, so that everyone can see what it's about, without having to make a reservation or a purchase. You can get scanned, or 'rezed' as the people at Mirrim call it, which creates the computer model part of the process.

For the 'tasting,' the rezing process is free and you will be able to share the model online within about a week so, that friends can see and interact with it. If you want, you can purchase later, or if you are a true early adopter, this is your chance to be one of the first people in the region to have your own 3D portrait.

Prices vary from about $180.00 up, depending on size of print and customization features. At the 'Taste of Mirrim' event, there will be a door prize drawing for one free 1:12 size (6') Mirrim portrait valued at $250.00.

Mirrim is taking reservations for portraits at their studio in Kirkland and will be at the upcoming Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk Convention in Port Townsend, June 6-8.

Find out more at http://mirrim3d.com, https://www.facebook.com/mirrim3d or follow @mirrim3d on twitter.

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