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Guns N’ Roses’ Rock Star ‘Slash’ is 3D Scanned and Printed for Fans

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Slash and Staramba Employee Markus Schwarze

Slash and Staramba Employee Markus Schwarze

Saul Hudson is his name, but most know him simply as ‘Slash’. The famed musician who made his name in the 80s and 90s as the lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses is still quite active on the music scene. He is known as one of the best guitarists of all time, and in fact in 2012 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In September of 2014, he released his third solo studio album, World on Fire, which has received much attention from his die-hard fans.

Back in August of last year, we reported on a company called Staramba, who had teamed with rock band Linkin Park, in order to scan and 3D print the entire band, and then make these figurines available to fans.  One person who got word of this story was Slash himself.

“Slash approached us,” Klaus-Peter Dittrich of Staramba tells 3DPrint.com. “He saw our figurines of Linkin Park and also wanted to have one.”

Scanning Slash

Scanning Slash

So Staramba, a German based company which specializes in photo-realistic printing of 3D figurines, specifically targeting stars and celebrities, was up for the challenge.

“We met him in Los Angeles and scanned him in one of our mobile scan units,” Dittrich tells us. “We used our mobile scanning unit integrated in a truck with 150 cameras shooting simultaneously.”

Once the scans were complete, Staramba created a 3D printable model of the rock star, and used a 3D Systems Projet 660 to print out the miniature replicas in polymer clay.  As you can see in the photos, the results were quite phenomenal.

slash4Recently Staramba put these figurines up for sale for fans of Slash to purchase their very own life-like replica of the famed star. Currently offered are four different sized models. This includes the 1:15 scale figurines for $49.00, the 1:10 scale for $99.00, the 1:7 scale for $189.00 and the limited edition 1:5 scale model for $499.00. The limited edition Slash has a production run of just 99 figurines, and all the models are shipped in a lavish gift box which includes a certificate of authenticity as well as care and safety instructions.

So far Staramba tells us that the Slash figurines have been one of their best sellers. Certainly many of his fans will be happy to own a life-like replica of one of the world’s best guitarists. What do you think about the detail captured in these models? Would you consider purchasing one yourself? Discuss in the Staramba forum thread on 3DPB.com.  Check out some more photos below.

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