3D Printing is not only about mouse clicks and lasers, there is also a lot of hands-on work required to take an item from bits to atoms, that is why we are always looking for talented people to help make things real in our Eindhoven and New York offices. Every model is lovingly removed from the various 3D printers, cleaned (sometimes dyed) and shipped around the world. We do not always get to see what you then do to the parts, what post processing you undertake to make them even more beautiful, but when we do, it inspires us and makes all of the long hours worthwhile.
New York based fashion designer Kimberly Ovitz took the idea of natural defense, an exoskeleton, and brought it to Shapeways, the world’s leading 3D Printing marketplace and community. Together, we pioneered a fluid, organic jewelry collection that molds to your body like armor. During New York Fashion Week, Kimberly Ovitz presented her first jewelry line that you can buy straight from the Fall 2013 runway, custom made for you. The future of fashion is now.
What's the story behind this particular line? Where did you draw inspiration from?
I studied animals and insects with natural defense mechanisms and found inspiration in the intricacies of their innate built-in protection systems.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
My team and I are very interested in technology. We read a lot about it and found out about Shapeways through some research.
How has thinking in this new medium changed the way that you approach design?
It has granted us the ability to do things we couldn’t do before because of timing or volume. 3D printing has no limits which is amazing for small designers that do not have a large volume of orders yet.
How do you see 3D Printing being incorporated into your work in the future?
I hope in as many ways as possible! The possibilities are endless and I hope to continue a great partnership with Shapeways.
How do you see fans impacting your designs?
That is the coolest thing about Shapeways and 3D printing. The fact that it is so democratic and that the public can have input on the designs. I think it is important to listen to and hear the consumer and 3D printing makes it easier to produce objects that do that.
Who are your favorite designers or artists?
I’m very much inspired by minimal artists such as Sol Lewit and Cy Twombly however I appreciate photography the most artists such as Taryn Simon who not only take beautiful photos but also are educational and provocative at the same time.
If you weren't limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?