This week's Designer Spotlight focuses on Bo Lorentzen, a photographer whose creative upbringing has led him to create custom mounts and accessories for the popular GoPro camera.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am Bo, originally from Denmark, now living and working in Hollywood, California. My background is photography and graphic design.
What's the story behind your designs? What inspires you to design for the GoPro?
My designs are mostly created to solve my own needs and wants. The GoPro for me is a amazing camera, which truly shows how scale and technology affect how we do things, because it creates images with quality better than my broadcast cameras of years ago.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
Shapeways is an absolutely fantastic concept, I was printing parts for customers myself on my UP! printer, constantly having to check on prints and files, using Shapeways is the only logical way to do this, I upload a file and let Shapeways deal with fulfilling orders. It is brilliant! (Ed-thanks, we think so too!)
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I did actually take classes in 3D animation in the nineties, but 3D product design is something I have slowly figured out the hard way. I probably learned to think in 3D from my mother who is very artistic and "forced" us as kids to draw, to work in clay, and generally hammer together and build whatever we were thinking. So when we saw a TV program about pirates, we would later be building a pirate ship in the backyard.
How do you promote your work?
I don't really promote like I should, most of my sales are from word of mouth, from happy customers using my designs. I write a blog, where I share my thoughts about photography.
Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
EVERYBODY, the Shapeways community is truly amazing and one of a kind, there are so many creative people using technology to make hard-copies of their imaginative concepts. To mention one maybe Theo Jansen's amazing moving sculptures might be one, I look at those weekly.
If you weren't limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
I am very excited about printing with multiple materials in one project in the future.
Another family 3D printing project to hit Shapeways is the Controller Pendant by stop4stuff. Not only is it a story of a father and son, working together on a creative project, but also a story entrepreneurial spirit. If the design sells, the boy get's his pocket money without doing any additional work, but most importantly, the boy get's his pocket money without it coming out of his father's pocket.... Win, win.
Some time last year (2012) my 13 year old son, Nath, was trying to think up ways to make a bit of extra pocket money. Knowing Nath's artistic flair, I suggested a design of something he could have 3D printed. Nath drew up the design on paper, I did the 3D model work and between us we came up with the style of the pendant based on an Xbox games console controller.
Ordered on the 15th December, the pendant arrived on the 2nd January, in plenty of time for his birthday next week.
This is Nath's first design and any markups from this model all go to Nath.
So, if you want an awesome pendant for yourself or your gamer friend, go for the Controller Pendant and support teenage entrepreneurship. Happy Birthday Nath...