Luna Park’s Electric Tower- ALmost Ready for #3Dprinting !

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.

The Big Electric Tower- almost ready for 3D printing

The Big Electric Tower- almost ready for 3D printing

World Makerfaire New York, 2014, Here We Come!

Luna Park's Electric Tower- Under Reconstruction

Luna Park’s Electric Tower- Under Reconstruction

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!

Last Night's Efforts- a more ornate top!

Last Night’s Efforta- a more ornate top!

A close up on the top's ornamentation

A close up on the top’s ornamentation

Young Love in Coney Island!

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! MikeJessica2-PRINT


Getting Ahead with #3DScanning

Last Spring, my friend and Julliard Propmaster Kate Dale had me scan one of their actors for a production of Richard III. The character Hastings is beheaded in the play and they used the Julliard CNC machine to create his head in foam from a 3D scan that I made of him. I was recently up at the prop shop and was able to see the end result. I thought it would be cool to share some process shots here.

We began by creating a 3D scan of the actor's head

We began by creating a 3D scan of the actor’s head which I turned into a watertight STL file.

At the Prop shop, Kate CNC milled sheets of foam and built the head. They put a brick in the center to give it the correct weight.

At the Julliard prop shop, Kate CNC milled sheets of foam and built the head in layers. They put a brick in the center to give it the correct weight.

After being painted and having a wig glued on, it was super realistic and gory!

After Kate painted it and glued a wig on, it was super realistic and gory!


Here I am with the Head of Hastings!

Here I am with the final Head of Hastings!