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In Beijing, the Babaoshan Funeral Parlor is using 3D printing technology to reconstruct the faces of the deceased. It can take up to a week doing that by using traditional materials and methods, like gypsum plaster, embalming fluid, plastic cement, and hand stitching. But the 3D printer can build a complete facial mould in half a day – and it doesn’t take any specialist training or skills.

Babaoshan Funeral Parlor is also using a robot cleaner, a metre-high device that detects the size of a room, and send out a disinfecting aerosol spray of hydrogen peroxide. The robot can get rid of viruses and germs.

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Picture source: David Marsh