3D printing with The Great Fredini

Fred Kahl - The Great Fredini with his Rostock and Printerbot 3d printers in his Brooklyn NY workshop (David Neff/David Neff - davepix.com)

 

I dropped in on Fred a few weekends ago, and talked shop a few hours before he pulled out the sequined tux for a few photographs.  If I had thought of it sooner we could have pulled the Stanford bunny out of the hat but print time for a big one could easily be a day.  Having first encountered “The Great Fredini” as a performer at Coney Island’s Burlesque shows, his enthusiasm toward 3d printing seemed out of place.  Fred is the longtime Creative Director at an interactive/gaming company Funny Garbage, with a history of putting sharp objects in his head, Brooklyn resident, living just a little closer to an undeclared Superfund Site than I.  Maybe it makes a little more sense to me now.  I was introduced to Fred by a friend Keith who works for 3d Systems. He and Keith collaborated on the trophies for last summer’s Mermaid Parade.  It turns out, Fred, has become quite the 3d printing enthusiast as you can see here, working on a scaled reproduction of Coney Island’s famed Luna Park.  On the Rostock to camera left is one of Fred’s scanned people.  Off to the right is his first machine, a Printrbot.  The recent launch of his new pet project, Coney Island Scan-A-Rama portrait studio is a really fun project using some stuff from the hardware store and a hacked Kinect Controller.  See his blog for more info, go get scanned!  Alice and I are scheduling our scan in the next week or two…. follow up to come.  Knowing Fred what I have seen people under his spell perform, we should be seeing some interesting works!

Wondering what that strange Rostock thing is?  quick explanation, it’s part of an open source project to build 3d printers at low cost out of common materials.  The Rostock is an original approach in the way it moves the print head on x,y and z axes.  I’d hate to see the math behind it but it’s truly entrancing to see one in operation much as most of the machines on the market.

 

Interested in more images of the Early Adopters of 3d Printing photo series… the project began here.

 

 

Fred Kahl - The Great Fredini with his Rostock and Printerbot 3d printers in his Brooklyn NY workshop (David Neff/David Neff - davepix.com)Fred Kahl - The Great Fredini with his Rostock and Printerbot 3d printers in his Brooklyn NY workshop (David Neff/David Neff - davepix.com)Fred Kahl - The Great Fredini with his Rostock and Printerbot 3d printers in his Brooklyn NY workshop (David Neff/David Neff - davepix.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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