The dust is settling after our triumphant show at the 2014 World Makerfaire New York! It’s been quite a week. Here’s some highlights of the last few days:
My first model of the Electric Tower was designed in SketchUp and lacked the ornate detail of the original Luna Park architecture. that’s why I chose Zbrush as the software to model Luna Park with. The software allows for the kind of detail the original park had. Furthermore, the tower that is currently featured in the Thompson & Dundy’s Luna Park: 3D Printed by the Great Fredini installation at the Coney Island Museum (and coming to World Makerfaire New York this weekend) turned out to be the wrong scale. I’ve been hemming and hawing about remodeling it with better detail, but its finally ready for 3D printing. The tower changed from year to year so I’ve opted to create one of the most ornate versions of it that existed circa 1907 with the dolphin fountains at the base. This model is likely to take over a month to print as it needs to be approximately 7′ tall- I’ll have to cut it up into blocks that will fit on my printers and then assemble them.
Its now been a year since the Scan-A-Rama Kickstarter campaign completed. A huge thanks to all of you who made it possible! For those of you who have yet to come see the Luna Park installation at the Coney Island Museum, or who need to be scanned for your rewards (you know who you are!), please come visit us at World Makerfaire New York next weekend, September 20 and 21. I will also be giving a presentation on the project in the Hall of Science’s large amphitheater on Saturday Sept. 20 at 5:30pm.
Its been a while since I’ve updated you- I left my job of 17 years in May and am trying to pursue a career of 3D scanning and printing, so this summer has been busy! I have barely had any time to focus on the Luna Park model and am trying to get back into that. The main tower that is currently on view in Coney Island is too small and needs to be created at about seven feet tall! So I’m slowly working on it, trying to do it justice. Last night I made some good progress on the tip top of the tower, which I’m going to share with you here. I had hoped to get this printed by Makerfaire, but at least I’m making progress!
Okay, that’s it for this update, I hope to see you at Makerfaire next week!
This past Saturday, I had the opportunity to make 3d scanned portraits of two young couples from Staten Island. It was very sweet to see young love at work. I’m quite pleased with these scans and will be printing them today. They were young but the girls were hopeful about them one day being used as a wedding cake topper!