Linkin Park take one step closer to fans with 3D-printed figurines

Linkin Park take one step closer to fans with 3D-printed figurines

Rock band latest to tap new printing technology, but limited run of 1:5 scale models costs $499 per band member

Yours for $499: a 3D-printed model of any Linkin Park band member.
Linkin Park’s latest album might be a “loud return to rocking hard”, but the band is forging new ground in other areas, including 3D printing.All six band members were scanned earlier in the year by German firm Staramba, which specialises in “celebrity replicas”.It’s now selling 3D-printed figurines of Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington, David Farrell, Brad Delson, Rob Bourdon and Joe Hahn. While the sizes are small, the prices are... less so.A 1:5 scale model of an individual band member, which stands just over 14 inches tall, costs $499, with only 99 figures being made for each musician.

 Linkin Park становятся ближе к своим фанатам с помощью 3D-напечатанных фигурок - 1

Fans on a budget can choose to pay $149 for 1:10 scale models, or$295 for a 1:20 scale version of the entire band, posed in front of some official artwork.

Staramba is also planning to take its 3D scanning equipment to venues on Linkin Park’s current “Carnivores” tour, enabling fans to get themselves scanned and turned into a figure with their favourite band member.

It’s just the latest crossover between music and 3D printing, as artists try creative and commercial experiments with the technology.

In November 2013, Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke released a new track as a 3D-printed record, sold from a pop-up shop in London to benefit music charity Nordoff Robbins, using a technique developed to convert digital music files into vinyl-like 3D prints.

Then, in February 2014, Cut Copy teamed up with technology firm BitTorrent to distribute 3D-printable files for the computer-animated characters in its We Are Explorers video, encouraging fans to print the figurines then recreate the video.

3D-printed guns took a starring role in M.I.A.’s Double Bubble Trouble music video in May, while was announced as chief creative officer of 3D printing startup 3D Systems earlier in the year.

It’s preparing to launch a printer that will source its materials partly from recycled plastic bottles, through a partnership with Coca-Cola. will be designing “fashion, music and tech minded accessories” for the device.




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