Disney turns you into a 3D-printed Stormtrooper

Suit up, Stormtrooper! Disney's "Star Wars" Weekends offer attendees the option to become a miniature 3D-printed solider.

A collection of 3D-printed Stormtroopers. Disney

Even if you're too short to join the Galactic Empire as a Stormtrooper, at least you can still see yourself as one with the magic of 3D scanning and printing.

For $99.95, visitors to Florida's Walt Disney World during "Star Wars" Weekends (running each weekend from May 17 to June 9) can immortalize themselves as a 7.5-inch-tall Stormtrooper figurine. In some ways, it's probably a better deal than being a real Stormtrooper. They usually end up getting vaporized aboard a Death Star or miss every shot they fire at fleeing Rebels.

Created by Disney Research, the scanning process only requires about 10 minutes of exposure to a high-resolution single-shot 3D face scanner. From there, the image of your visage goes off to a 3D printer and the finished figurine arrives on your doorstep some 7-8 weeks later. There's also a carbon-freeze option for those who want to see themselves in a block of Bespin's finest without dealing with that crummy hibernation sickness.

Wannabe Stormtroopers can call 407-WDW-TECH (407-939-8324) to set up their reservation for this unique event.

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