Fully Automated “3D Photo Booth” Ready for 3D Printing Installed at MakerBot Retail Store

Direct Dimensions, a world leader in 3D imaging, proudly announces the launch of ShapeShot – the world’s first end-to-end fully automated 3D photo booth experience in a retail store.  Located in the recently opened MakerBot Store in the trendy NoHo area of New York City, ShapeShot brings the experience of a traditional photo booth snapshot into 3D and the amazing world of making personalized things with 3D printing, powered by MakerBot.

The launch of ShapeShot in this first retail location follows several years of development by Direct Dimensions for automating the 3D portrait process complete to 3D printing and other 3D apps.  Previously only available for short periods at trade events such as SME’s RAPID Conference, people can now visit the MakerBot Store, the first 3D Printer MakerBot Store in the United States, take their ShapeShot 3D snapshot, and purchase 3D prints with their own face made on the amazing MakerBot® ReplicatorTM2 Desktop 3D Printer.  ShapeShots can then be seen online at, or on the Android and Blackberry mobile apps (iOS coming soon!), or at MakerBot’s Thingiverse website.

“Launching ShapeShot in the MakerBot Store in Manhattan is a perfect mash-up.  Now for the first time, customers can use affordable 3D printing to make something really personal – themselves!  And designers and entrepreneurs can leverage these two super-hot technologies: 3D imaging and 3D printing – to create and offer personalized collectibles and other apps to consumers around the world.  We are building a whole new digital ecosystem, based on 3D imaging, for creative makers,” said Michael Raphael, CEO and founder of Direct Dimensions, and creator of ShapeShot. “This is the first 3D app platform like this.”

In addition to the face-based 3D printed items available from MakerBot at the MakerBot Store featuring ShapeShot, customers also get access to their digital 3D face data online at both the Thingiverse file sharing community created by MakerBot, as well as the newly launched ShapeShot Market Place website.  At customers can log in to view themselves in high-def color and purchase a variety of 3D face-based physical products and virtual apps.   Initial products include amazing personalized jewelry such as a bracelet bead with your face, your mug on a mug, a 4-inch bronze bust, and a statue of you as revolutionary hero, among other things with many more apps coming soon.

ShapeShot is featured at the MakerBot Retail Store with Location and Hours:

Founded in 1995, Direct Dimensions, Inc. ( has steadily grown to become a world leader in the application of 3D imaging across the widest range of applications and industries including aerospace, automotive, architecture, art/museum, medical, entertainment VFX, and historic preservation.  Direct Dimensions provides uniquely specialized 3D imaging services and products for accurately capturing and modeling the reality of anything from jewelry to people to vehicles to buildings into various 3D digital formats.

MakerBot ( is a global leader in 3D printing technology.

Please visit our Direct Dimensions focused sites for additional information and complete contact information at, our YouTube Channel, our DDI Blog, our IMDb page, and our Twitter feed.

And please visit our ShapeShot website at for more on 3D snapshots of your face in 3D!


Mike Raphael of Direct Dimensions worked with RMI to plan and implement the  Rapid Tech for Make in Manufacturer last April along with The Object Lab at Towson University and CCBC TIME Center