Visitors to Coney Island can now enter the fantastic 3D printed realm of the Great Fredini. Forget the bearded ladies and two-headed goats. Fredini invites his visitors to step right up and become the attraction; he creates personalized 3D printed statues of his guests.
"You have to stand as still as you can, like a statue," said Julie Atlas Muz, a burlesque performer at Coney Island. "It feels simultaneously old fashioned and futuristic, like the Jetsons."
Kahl has several 3D printers at his disposal – two of them he created himself from kits – but he's using a Makerbot Replicator 1 to do most of the Scan-A-Rama prints. He also believes that his studio represents the true Coney Island spirit of innovation and entertainment.
"Coney Island has always been the place where cutting edge technology is presented as entertainment. Inventions like the elevator, electric light bulb, Hot Dogs and the rollercoaster found their first audiences here," says Kahl. "I wanted to update the art of amusement park portraiture for the 21st century. In the past you would have had a caricature drawn, silhouette cut or a photo taken. Well, that technology has barely changed in 100 years… Until now!"
The Great Fredini's next step is to produce a historic scale model of Coney Island's Luna Park in 1914. His current printers can't handle the job though so he's started a Kickstarter campaign to buy more printers and complete the display. At the end of the campaign he plans to make his scanning hardware open source.
You can take a look at The Great Fredini's plans for his Kickstarter project here:
You can also view many of the 3D statues Kahl has produced on Thingiverse.