This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Igor Knezevic, an award winning Architectural and Film Concept Designer based in Los Angeles, CA. He focuses on digital making processes, as well as on film concept design. He has worked in the Art Departments of movies such as “X-Men”, “Oblivion”, “RIPD”, the new “Robocop” remake and more.
What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
It is through Shapeways that I first realized what can be done with high end SLS machines and nylon plastic as well as 3D printed metals. I was amazed by the possibilities and I design lot of my objects with these material properties in mind. Also, Shapeways definitely was affordable compared to any other providers. I started using Shapeways very early on and it completely changed my design process.
Well, I have been doing your usual Web stuff, like Facebook, Twitter and blogging, but the attention span on the internet is very short and promoting yourself is like a full-time job. I had no idea! I only show on my website (or store) photos of real objects. No CG renderings, there’s too much of that out there. It is ironic because I do CG for living. So, as it turns out now, I sell mostly through retail shops in California. About two years ago I partnered with two friends and formed a company in Hong Kong called IXISM, specifically for accessing the Asian market.
I am waiting for the day to come when we can do 3D printing on a micro and nano scale so then you go and create not only a form, but also the material properties and how it behaves … imagine foamy, spongy, gnarly materials… and somehow get graphene into the mix. This is going to get crazy. I hope to live to see that!
Anything else you want to share?
Like all other classic materials and processes for design, 3D printing has its own “language” and “character”. What I am mostly interested in are designs that really use what’s new here….and impossible to do with other methods of making. In other words, I am not so interested in “rapid prototyping” but in the “new aesthetic”. There is so much to explore.