On your next trip to Coney Island, turn yourself into a 3D-printed figurine
A boardwalk entrepreneur is bringing a 21st-century twist to the classic photo-memento stand
Tue Jun 3 2014
Most Saturdays at Coney Island, Fred Kahl sets up shop on the boardwalk (at 1208 Surf Ave, just a block east of Nathan’s), between the hours of noon and 7pm, transforming himself into the proprietor of a concession he calls The Great Fredini’s Coney Island Scan-A-Rama. While the name evokes the glory days of the amusement park’s many sideshow attractions, the service it provides is pure 21st-century: creating a full body-scanned, 3D printed, 1:13 scale figurine of anyone willing to pay $60 for the privilege. Admittedly, it’s not cheap, but it is cool, a millennial update to the old seaside photo studios where you could immortalize your trip to the beach. Kahl uses a homemade scanning rig to create a 3D print file, which you can purchase by itself for $25. The figures (which are shipped to you with the cost included) are printed in high-resolution ABS plastic in your choice of a dozen available colors, including “Bubble Gum” and “Grape.” Sounds delicious, if not exactly edible, and certain to last much longer than a hot dog or cotton candy.
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