Since 2011, I have been exploring 3D printing as a medium for making art. I bought my first bot kit when I backed Brook Drumm’s Printrbot on Kickstarter. My second printer was a Rostock Max from SeeMeCNC, and now I have a fleet of Makerbot Replicators as well. Since then, I have been sharing my work and methods of digital design fabricationtechniques by teaching, lecturing and speaking.
I currently have two interrelated bodies of work going on:
This project is a popup 3D portrait studio that I will be deploying this year in Coney Island and at various events and Makerfaires. Using ReconstructMe software, a Microsoft Xbox Kincet controller, and my inventions The Scan-O-Tron 3000 with the Heavy Duty Lazy Susan for Full Body Scanning, I am able to quickly make full body 3D portraits to be 3D printed. Now you can be your very own action figure!
- I have posted a lot of photos of this work here.
- Sample downloadable scans are available on the project’s Thingiverse page.
Coney Island’s Luna Park was first created in 1903 by Frederic Thompson. The original postmodern architect, Thompson was a rebel who was kicked out the Beaux Arts Academy in Paris. He created a fantasy landscape in Coney Island, comprised of scores of minarets and towers, combining architectural styles ranging from far eastern to renaissance. At night, all of Luna Park was magically transformed into an electric fantasy as it was illuminated by over 100,000 light bulbs. Believe it or not, the central tower was a big influence on the design of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Tower in Manhattan.
My goal is to recreate the entire park in miniature using 3D printing, and populate it with people from Coney Island Scan-A-Rama. I currently have the three central towers completed. The project is currently on display in the Coney Island Museum. Photos of this work in progress can be viewed here.
Small scale 3D printable files may be downloaded off Thingiverse: