A recent project on social funding site Kickstarter aims to update the venerable tradition of caricatures, silhouettes, and photo portraits as treasured souvenirs from a trip to the beach. Fred Kahl, a.k.a. the Great Fredini, wants to raise money for the Coney Island Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio and he has until August 8 to reach his fundraising goal of $15,000.
Khal, a veteran sideshow performer who swallows swords and pounds nails into his noise in his spare time, holds a day job as the Creative Director of Interactivity and Gaming at New York Design Firm Funny Garbage, where he's developed numerous games and websites for clients like Cartoon Network, Sesame Workshop, HIT Entertainment, Warner Bros., PBS KIDS GO, Comedy Central, and more. Over the last two years, Kahl has focused a significant amount of his attention on 3D printing and scanning. And, if his fundraising efforts succeed, Kahl promises to give back to the 3D printing community by making the plans for his rig and workflow open source.
Here's the description of the project straight from the Kickstarter page:
"Coney Island Scan-A-Rama is an art project to scan and produce 3D printed portraits of the masses of people who visit America’s playground: Coney Island. Visitors to the portrait studio will come in to get a 3D portrait taken and then a full body 3D figurine of them will be included in a 2014 installation recreating a fully populated model of Coney Island, New York’s Luna Park as it stood 100 years ago!
Unlike other 3D scanning services out there that add scans of a face to an existing body model, we have devised custom hardware and a workflow to create perfect full body 3D scans that can be ready for 3D printing in minutes. At the end of this campaign, our hardware will be made open source."
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