How to Get Your Own Doob

Make like our A-List designers and get a 3-D printed version of yourself in less than 20 minutes.

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To capture the big personalities of our 2018 A-List designers, we shrunk them — and their pets and their tote bags — down to six-inch “doobs.”

What’s a doob? In short, it’s a photo-realistic 3D printed replica of yourself, made by a doob, a 3D tech company founded in Germany with multiple studios in the U.S.

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These doob studios use a process called photogrammetry, explains Michael Anderson, C.E.O. of , a technology previously only employed by film and CGI studios. Over 50 cameras capture your image from every angle to create a miniature replica of the subject with a realism that separates doobs from most 3D selfies. A-List designer Caleb Anderson of Drake/Anderson said he was amazed by the level of detail in his doob—“down to the wrinkles in my sleeves!”

Doobs aren’t novelty projects, Anderson says, but “meaningful pieces of art that celebrate something special.”

To get your own, all you have make an appointment, show up to the studio for the scan, and wait two to three weeks as your mini self is processed. The scan itself takes just a second, and most of the appointment involves paperwork and consultation with the staff about what pose works best for you. (We suggest you spend a considerable amount of time practicing in front of a mirror.)

Because the scan is so quick, Anderson says it’s easy to capture quick movements — like high kicks — and even fussy babies and pooches. The six-inches figurines cost $195 per person.

Jamie Drake, an ELLE Decor A-List veteran, called the process “easy and fascinating,” resulting in a rather inspiring end product. “I thought that my DOOB made me look like me, rendered as an alien high priest of a new cult,” Drake says. “Perhaps an idea for an adjunct career?”

But where to put your new you? A-list designer has one great place in mind:

“I think I will put mine on the breakfast table, so when I travel it will be the first thing my husband sees! I’d love to see the look on his face."

See the full gallery of A-list designer doobs here.

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