One of the local Coney Island guys I have known since he was a boy died this week. Carlos had a heart attack just short of celebrating his 40th birthday. He was a hustler at one of those crooked game joints you can never win at, but he was a nice guy underneath it all. I like to think that he got some culturing through seeing the shows at Coney Island USA over the years.
I 3D scanned Carlos last spring so I made a few prints to give to the family for the funeral. His dad is a big tough Hispanic guy with a gold tooth. When I gave him the print he broke down in tears. It was very touching.
I always thought that the 3D portraits would make good funeral stones but this is the first scanning subject I ever had that died. It was an intense experience that reminded me of the power an image like this can have.
I’m due to be in a Coney Island themed show at Yale University galleries this January. They want to place my 3D portraits adjacent to an Edward Kelty sideshow photo, so they want a similar grouping of performers. Maybe something like this would be good? WDYT?
My lecture from World Makerfaire New York has just gone live- Watch it on YouTube as I talk about my project and the history of technology as entertainment:
3D Printing filament needs its own Pantone color system! Seriously- what’s up with the variations in these two colors? Same vendor but ordered a week apart. Go figure.
Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio at World Makerfaire New York 2014
We brought some prints of the Makerfaire crew that were scanned last year
We even got to 3D scan Dale Dougherty, Make Founder, as well as much of this year’s crew as well.
A class from Queens College came by- they had built a scanner based on my hardware designs which was also on exhibit
We scanned Steve Wygant and John Oly from SeeMeCNC, whose scans may say something about their relationship… I was an original indieGoGo backer of their Rostock Max campaign and got a kit that never quite turned into a fully operational 3D printer. They took pity on me and generously gave me one of their working floor models at the end of the weekend- Thanks Guys!
Naturally, our scan of them were the first prints made on the Rostock Max machine!
Dale Dougherty, Make Founder
The guys from the NYFD went out to get their full gear to get scanned in. It caused a little stir on the crew’s walkie talkies when they returned carrying hoses!
We even scanned the GhostBusters!
We made a bunch of portraits of couples like my friends Jim and Winnie
A number of dancers happened to come by to pose as well! We’re just starting to dig in and clean up files so there’s ton more to come, but these were definitely a few highlights!
The booth was very well received and won four awards so we were all quite happy! The first two ribbons were for the 3D Printed Luna Park exhibit and the second two were for Scan-A-Rama 3D!
UPDATE: Download the Makerfaire Crew 3D files on Thingiverse! http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:154462
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:
Starting Thursday, I began moving the 3D printed Luna Park out of the Coney Island Museum
There were over 300 3D scanned and printed people in this box!
I knew the show was going to be great when I saw our auspicious cart number!
It took all day friday to get the install done
We had a great place at the base of the spiral stairs inside the Hall of Science!
I was very pleased with the dramatic lighting!
Luna Park looked great!
It was nice to get Coney Island USA and the Coney Island Museum some props at Makerfaire too!
I was beaming after receiving the “Best in Class” Award at World Makerfaire New York 2014!
Loading out Sunday night was hectic but ran smoothly
And now Luna Park is safely back in the Coney Island Museum!
Come see us this weekend at World MakerFaire New York, Scan-A-Rama 3-D and 3-D printed Luna Park will be in the lower level of the New York Hall of Science all weekend!