Slender Man (or Slenderman) was originally created by user Victor Surge (real name: Eric Knudsen) on the Something Awful forums in 2009. The tall, thin, faceless character was known to stalk and abduct people—especially children. After going viral, there have been many spin-off stories, photos, video games and even short films about the Slender Man.
Our 3D-printed model of the Slender Man was a hit on our Facebook page. The model features the classic character of Slender Man standing on an asphalt base. The lanky character is wearing a red tie, black suit, and tentacles entangling his arms and legs.
- Designer: Kyle Gifford
- Number of Layers: 749
- Layer Resolution: 89 Microns (Slightly thinner than a human hair.)
- Build time: 3 hours, 43 minutes
- Dimensions: 3.0 x 3.0 x 5.8”
- Printer: ProJet 660Pro
- Software: Maya and Photoshop
Fun Character Facts:
- Wikipedia states that university professors have speculated that the Slender Man “exemplifies the similarities between traditional folklore and the open source ethos of the Internet,” and is “an exemplar of the modern age's closing of the ‘Gutenberg Parenthesis;’ the time period from the invention of the printing press to the spread of the web in which stories and information were codified in discrete media, to a return to the older, more primal forms of storytelling, exemplified by oral tradition and campfire tales, in which the same story can be retold, reinterpreted and recast by different tellers, expanding and evolving with time.”
- It is believed the Slender Man may have been inspired by a video game called Shzo Mythos.
- After Slender Man, his brother, Trender Man, was created. Trender Man is faceless mannequin that wears fashionable attire.
“Some variations of Slender Man have long, thin “arms” coming out of his back,” said Gifford. “Something like that isn’t practical to print in sandstone, so it became a challenge designing something that held true to the spirit of Slender Man, but was printable.”