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

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

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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!

Pink Poodle Lady Mermaid Parade 3D Scan

Kate "The Pink Poodle Lady", Fifi the Mermaid poodle and Phinn the fish, 3D Scanned at the 2014 Mermaid Parade

Kate “The Pink Poodle Lady”, Fifi the Mermaid poodle and Phinn the fish, 3D Scanned at the 2014 Mermaid Parade

At the Mermaid Parade this year, I had the opportunity to 3D scan Kate Dale, the “Pink Poodle Lady”. Last week Kate called me and invited me up to Julliard (where she is the prop master), to 3D scan her entire float before it had to be dismantled. I tried several times to use the Sense scanner to capture it, but the scan wasn’t quite ideal. For example, the fish Phinn’s scales were not showing up and there were a number of seams. It would have been a lot of zbrushing to fix it. So I pulled out my iPhone and used 123dCatch. The results are great! I may pull out the Sense scans and use some details from them to add further embellishments- for example the clamshell footlights, but really I’m quite pleased with the result!

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3D Printed Wedding Cake Topper Spotting

My friends Thea and Justin were married yesterday. It was a wonderful event. My gift to them was a Scan-A-Rama 3D printed wedding cake topper of themselves. It looked beautiful on top of the cake. It’s not the first one of these I’ve done but it was the first one I’ve been to the actual wedding to see. Congrats to Thea and Justin!

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Makerbot <3's The Great Fredini!

Makerbot Store Windows

Today I am setting up a display in the Manhattan Makerbot Store windows. The windows will feature some of my favorite 3D portraits and a smaller version the Luna Park Tower. The work will be there for the month of July and I will be speaking there on July 10. To attend or find out more, click the photo or visit http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2014/06/26/makerbot-innovator-session-fred-kahl-speak-nyc/