MiniMe Factory is the first of its kind in Alpharetta and all of North Fulton to offer a “completely realistic mini version” of oneself.

Opening its doors in Alpharetta on Jan. 26, MiniMe Factory is one of America’s first 3-D portrait studios and the first in the region.

The studio utilizes state of the art 3D image capturing technology and advanced 3D full color printing, for customers to create exact duplications of themselves, loved ones or even pets. Models range in height from 3 to 14 inches.

“This is next generation photography in a dimension never seen before. MiniMe Factory is proud to introduce this brand-new technology,” said Owner Reza Gian Nourali.

Nourali began his journey as “a personal interest at first.”

“I always wanted a lifelike action figure, but never found a viable option on the market,” he said.

He recollected finding only “a low-quality look-a-like” or an expensive “only affordable by celebrities” option.

Further research led Nourali to “a company in Europe that was testing this same technology and that’s where is all started for me, a little over a year ago.”

A “MiniMe” is made of “a composite of sandstone laid down in full color in 0.1mm layers and then fused during the 3D printing process,” said the website.

“The technology is so new and unheard of that most people are surprised finding out about it. It can take a few seconds for people to fully recognize what this is, but everyone is immediately amazed by the result.

“It’s a different feeling if you are looking at the models in our studio but once you are holding yourself or your loved ones in your hand that is where the big smile comes in uncontainable,” he said.

Nourali describes the customer process being “a breeze.”

Customers step into a “MiniMe dome” fitted with “over 100 cameras and scanners, where one or two snapshots represents over 500 instant images from you.”

The Alpharetta studio system can capture up to four people on the same platform together.

Each model takes approximately eight hours to print, is inspected by a 3D technician to produce the highest quality model, while keeping material cost manageable.

Production to completion time is estimated around 3 weeks.

Nourali recalls popular uses include, but are not limited to, cake toppers for wedding or birthdays or as gifts for friends and relatives.

A model can “capture an incredible piece of memory for life, be it for graduation, your favorite costume, pregnancy photo-shoot in 3D, brand marketing, promotions or even a family portraiture of future dimensions,” according to Nourali.

The material is hard and brittle and will break if dropped. It is advised against to use the models as a toy or be given to young children.

Models are recommended to be cared for and maintained similar to a porcelain ornament and used for decorative purposes only. Nourali advises that figurines be stored in a warm, dry environment and avoid exposure to temperatures below freezing, window ledges or shelves with direct sunlight and water.

A “protective coating” can be added (for an additional cost) to make the models UV and H20 spill resistant.

Factoring in all the small details that contribute to the “MiniMe,” such as equipment, software, rendering structure and team of experts, Nourali aims to keep the price affordable. A start-up “MiniMe,” 3” in size is $75.

“Most people go for six inches and up, as you can see much more details in larger scaled models,” said Nourali.

Imagination can stretch and result in “crazy cool ideas, if money is no object,” according to Nourali.

MiniMe Factory is at 5530 Windward Pkwy, Suite 100A in Alpharetta.

The studio is closed on Mondays, but open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Appointments are recommended.

More information is available at www.minimefactory.com or by calling the studio directly at 770-797-5020.

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