Taking a 2D Scan of a deceased person’s face

Mourning the death of someone dear is never an easy time, but for some, the process is increasingly more painful when the deceased cannot receive an open casket funeral due to deformities from the cause of death. Traditional methods of reconstructing a deceased person’s face for an open casket funeral can take up to a week long and cost a pretty penny too.  However, a Chinese funeral home, the Babaoshan Funeral Parlor, seems to have found a solution to this problem by using 3D printing technology to produce a mold of a deceased person’s face in an much faster and more accurate way.


3D printing of a deceased person’s face

According to one of the researchers Li Yuguang, Deupty Director at 101 Research Institute, “After scanning a 2D photo of the Scanning 2D photo of facedeceased into the computer program, a worker can generate a full 3D digital model of the deceased person’s face with just the touch of a mouse button.” The complete mold of the face can be produced by a 3D printed in less than 12 hours, and partial molds take a fraction of that time. This quick and convenient process has provided some immense help to workers at the Babaoshan Funeral Parlor.


Touching up the 3D printed mold

While this funeral home is the first to have used 3D printing in such a manor, according to sources, the Longhua Funeral Home, also in China, actually 3D printed replicas of deceased peoples’ missing body parts in order to repair their corpses. The Babaoshan Funeral Parlor has also worked with the 101 Research Institute to create a robot that cleans their building. Coupled with 3D printing technology, they hope that by utilizing these state-of-the-art technologies, the risk of disease and sickness in funeral homes will greatly decline.