This week’s Designer Spotlight focuses on Ivo Laros, a scientist using 3D printing to visualize molecules, especially everybody’s favorite, DNA.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am a senior assistant researcher in molecular ecology at Wageningen UR, The Netherlands. Molecular ecology is the science that studies the DNA of nature. I got into contact with 3D modeling through my focus of research, which is chemistry.
What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
In one word my inspiration is Science. During my studies in chemistry I was fascinated by the structure of molecules and atoms. It is so nice to be able to use that knowledge now in 3D printing. Now the challenge is to think of designs that can actually be used by people, as plain molecule models may not be very interesting for a broad audience. Jewelry is a nice application, the new silver materials opens up a new field of application for me. This is the caffeine molecule below.
Only through the Shapeways website at this point. Here, I’ve turned the methane molecule into a pendant.
Anything else you want to share?
My most popular design is the personalized DNA molecule model. The nice thing about 3D printing is that everybody can order a product that is personalized and unique in the world, and that is exactly what I am selling in this product, a strand of DNA:
Check out Ivo’s designs for other popular molecules you may recognize on his Shapeways Shop and if you’d like to be the next featured designer, email firstname.lastname@example.org