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Model-turned-pastry chef Ashley Holt had a 3D model of herself made - in miniature - which she used to market her business. Holt, who owns cake shop Sugar Monster in a trendy area of Brooklyn, New York, said, "I was shocked when I first saw my Doob. Oh my gosh, that's me. This tiny person."

German startup Doob developed the software that allows its 3D printers to turn out lifelike figurines.

Customers stand in the centre of a high-tech photo booth, surrounded by 54 cameras. The cameras capture 2D images that are later stitched together to produce a 3D model.

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The store sends the digital file to its production centre where a 3D printer turns resin polymer powder into a customer's likeness. A technician then excavates the figurine from the printer and removes powder from the model's crevices with compressed air.

The figure is dipped into a solution to harden it and bring out its colours, resulting in an accurate tiny version of the person who commissioned it.

The company runs four stores in the U.S., and business is growing so rapidly it plans to roughly double its store network this year.