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Designer Spotlight: Sylvain Georget

This week we are highlighting Sylvain Georget, a French designer residing in Amsterdam who turns his illustrations into 3D printed products to share with the world!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Sylvain Georget and I am a French designer based in Amsterdam. I graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie following which I started working as a freelance product designer and illustrator.

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Designer Spotlight: Narada Dan Vantari

This week we are highlighting Narada Dan Vantari, the designer behind shop Sacred Geometry Web. Narada first learned sterographic 3D as a teenager and has been hooked on mathematical art ever since. As an artist, website creator, musician, chess champion and more, Narada wants to turn the world on to the ancient knowledge of sacred geometry with the “futuristic” technology of 3D printing!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am an artist, website maker, musician, ex-Australian-Junior-Chess-Champion, on a mission to turn the world on to the ancient knowledge known these days as ‘sacred geometry’. I believe that geometry is a key to good science, a secret of great art, and a light on the mystical path. I specialize in original projections of higher dimensional geometries such as the these ones available in my shop: the Toroidal Hypercube, the 5 Dimensional Cube, and the 4 Dimensional Vector Equilibrium. I am based in Byron Bay Australia, a center of alternative society and creativity.

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3D printing custom trachea stents

Shapeways offers the chance for designers of all kinds to turn their ideas into reality – be that in the world of tech accessories, fashion innovation, art and design, and in this case, the medical world.

A group of clinicians, architects and engineers teamed together to create 3D printed traechea stents unique to the patient. We spoke with Noah Garcia who is working with Harvard doctors and MIT material specialists to spearhead this new world for airway stents. Starting off with CT scans, the engineers initially started with Formlab printers, but the lack of biocompatible material lead them to Shapeways. While we do not offer 3D printed biocompatible material, our castable wax offering allows the team to create molds that can be used for casting the necessary biocompatible materials. It’s really amazing to see this process – from the files to prototypes to a final wax version, it’s truly amazing to see how innovative this team is. The team has even offered a bronze “pendant” for fun!

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How long have you (and/or members of your team) been in the medical field?
Most of our team has spent the majority of their academic and professional careers in the medical field, while other members of our team have had no medical experience at all. The process of creating custom stents required building a unique collaboration between clinicians, architects and engineers. Our clinical team knows a great deal about biology, physiology, and medical pathology, but little about 3D fabrication/computation, while our architects and engineers know a great deal about 3D fabrication, but little about biology. The crossbreeding of the medical and artistic professions is what has made this project possible. Our team includes George Cheng MD PhD, Erik Folch MD, Sebastian Ochoa MD, Mark Tibbitt PhD, Adam Wilson MS, Noah Garcia BArch, Robert Brik MS, Sidhu Gangadharan MD, and Adnan Majid MD. Dr. George Cheng is a clinician specializing in pulmonary medicine and has been leading this project.

How did you involve 3D printing in your practices? When did that begin?
Dr. Cheng first became interested in the possibilities of 3D printing after reading a 2013 article in the New England Journal of Medicine that detailed how researchers implanted a 3D printed tracheal splint into a pediatric patient with a collapsed airway. He believed that data from a CT scan of the chest could guide the production of airway stents or other airway prostheses. The research efforts were supported by Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology. The origin of the project was further documented in a Boston Globe article last year. Dr. Cheng recognized an opportunity to employ 3D printing technology as means to customize the trachea stents. Traditional stents are rudimentary extrusions, which do not fully represent the specific shape of a person’s airway. Airway obstruction from stenosis, malacia, or extrinsic compression can result in significant respiratory symptoms and decrease in patient’s quality of life. In recognizing that traditional stents may lead to significant complications, Dr.Cheng hypothesized ways to customize and optimize the forms. Traditional airway stents are made of silicone, metal, or hybrid materials, and are limited by their cost and complications. Common complications such as migration and granulation tissue formation may be related to inaccurate stent size and shape. Dr. Cheng and his team developed a workflow using CT scanners to extract 3D models of a patient’s trachea to guide the design of custom stent matched to the individual’s airway. The resulting 3D prints are anatomically accurate seamless surfaces, diagonal grids and circumscribed double ­helixes that follow the contours of a patient’s airway.

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From top left to bottom right, beginning with the CT scan model and ending with 3D prints. The CT scan is manipulated with Rhino and parametric modeling plug-ins. The inner surfaces of the trachea are isolated, a diagonal grid is mapped to the surface and the resulting diagrid is exported as a printable file.

Did you know how to 3D model prior to this project?
The engineers, architects and artists on our team are primarily experienced in digital computation for architectural and sculptural design. The clinicians, on the other hand, are experienced with producing 3D models from CT scanners. By bringing together these two worlds of art and science, we are able to achieve significant 3D modeling possibilities. There were scale and tolerance challenges to address when translating from digital models to 3D prints with certain materials, but we are continually making discoveries during the process. Our current challenge is to use the 3D printed forms to create molds and armatures that can support biocompatible materials. Shapeways’ castable wax material has us hopeful of achieving our goal. We’d hope to one day print in our biocompatible materials directly, but until then, we are limited by the available 3D printable materials. Our ideas are ahead of us in many ways, but we are excited to be learning and exploring the unknown.

Why tracheas? Will you experiment with more areas of the body?
The clinicians on our team specialize in pulmonary care and sub­specializes in the field of interventional pulmonology. One of the major disease entity they encounter is large central airway disease. Trachea stents can be deployed into and removed from an airway through minimal­ invasive procedures in a relatively short amount of time. As compared to a heart stent, which is much smaller and more dynamic, a tracheal stent has fewer variables with easier methods to control. Using the tracheal stent as a starting point, we are considering how our process might be applied to other areas of the body. For now, we are aiming to perfect the trachea stent and then explore how our methods can impact other parts of the body.

It’s fascinating to see and learn more about how 3D printing and the medical world are combining forces. Thank you for such a wonderful interview, Noah! Check out the pendant below, and let us know if you have a medical story to share with us in the comments below or by emailing community @ shapeways.com.

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Designer Spotlight: Simon Lang

This week we are featuring Simon Lang, a chemistry enthusiast (to say the least) who has taken his life work and applied it to everyday life. Using molecules for merchandise, Simon has a shop full of beautiful science – find your favorite molecule and wear it around your neck, on a keychain, or simply hold it in your hand!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Simon Lang and I live near Basel in Switzerland. I studied chemistry at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). My thesis “Immunosuppressive Drugs and their Interaction with the Efflux Transporter P-Glycoprotein” won the Dr. Max Lüthi Award in 2009. After some travels I went to the University of Basel to obtain my PHD, but during the first four to five weeks I stopped and turned my attention to things more inspiring. That way I learned to build websites, design stuff and produce music. One of the results was the moleculestore: t-shirts and hoodies for chemists. Over the years I expanded the product line with bags, mugs, wall clocks, shower curtains and last but not least 3D printed molecule keychains and jewelry produced by Shapeways.

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Designer Spotlight: Steven Gray

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This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Steven Gray, an origami loving 3D designer from Scotland.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a Glasgow, Scotland, born sci-fi geek dad with a background in IT and an interest in technology and gadgets that goes right back to the late 1970′s when all I coveted was my best friend’s Merlin hand held game. I hesitate to call myself a designer. I could say my hobby is 3D design but I’ve been making things as long as I can remember, out of cardboard, paper, glue. I love origami; the process of turning a single sheet of paper into something is fascinating. Give me a few squares of paper and I’ll make you an origami box!

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Designer Spotlight: Tim Eyes

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This week we’re excited to highlight Tim Eyes, designer behind fabMOL. As a molecular biologist, Tim is using 3D printing to put all those tiny molecules into our hands so we can appreciate the beauty and also learn as much as we can about the molecular world!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a PhD molecular biologist based at the University of Manchester, UK. One key area of my research involves understanding the atomic structure of biological molecules such as proteins.

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Designer Spotlight: Sabela Sánchez & Carlos Alonso

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This weeks designer spotlight we are featuring Sabela and Carlos of geekprints! We first noticed their unique bracelets and the shop has grown to have some amazing mathematical inspired products in both colorful and shiny materials.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
We are Sabela Sánchez and Carlos Alonso and we are located in Vigo (Galicia, Spain). Sabela is the creative powerhouse behind geekprints. She is an industrial engineer passionate about art and design. Carlos is the technical artist behind geekprints. Certified by Autodesk in 3D animation, modeling, sculpting, visual effects and video edition.

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Designer Spotlight: Anders Thøstesen

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This weeks designer spotlight is highlighting Danish student Anders Thostesen. Anders found Shapeways via puzzles and started creating on his own – now with a fun shop of jewelry and accessories!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a 15 year old boy living and going to school in Denmark. I’ve always been creative, but the world of 3D has really amazed me. Then I discovered Shapeways, which opened a ton of opportunities.

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Designer Spotlight: Antonio (Tony) Regidor

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This weeks spotlight we are highlighting Antonio (Tony) Regidor. A self-taught designer from Spain, Tony was first inspried by his love of classic cars. His shop has since expanded into his interest in SciFi, with amazing miniatures, home and gadget accessories, and he also creates lovely jewelry, allowing him to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces for his daughter! With so many different sections, there’s surely something for everyone thanks to Tony’s imagination and skills.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a technical journalist involved on the motorbike world. 3D designing and printing is my hobby, not my job. I’m a science fan, I love technology, the 3D world, the classic cars and motorcycles, motorbike riding, the PC and Android world, photography. I love fixing things… And I need everything I do to be perfect! I’m from Barcelona, Spain, and I love my city too.

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Designer Spotlight: Agathe Schmid-Koenig & Bettina Meyer

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This week we are excited to highlight the lovely German duo, Agathe Schmid-Koenig and Bettina Meyer. Their shop, ringdesigner, is a lovely mix of jewelry design mixed with simple industrial design, and try to find basic forms to express an idea. Thanks to 3D printing, their ideas can be realized and shared with the world!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
We met at the Fachhochschule für Gestaltung in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany, where Bettina studied jewelry design and Agathe industrial design. After several years of professional practice in different towns we met again at International Design Center of Berlin in 2000 and have been in contact since. We are both interested in the new technology of 3D printing, and we started our jewelry project in 2014. Bettina is running her own jewelry gallery in Berlin, and Agathe’s office is near Heidelberg.

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Designer Spotlight: Edrice Waliyar

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This week, as we early celebrate Father’s Day, we are highlighting designer dad Edrice Waliyar. Edrice is a freelance artist living in France with his wife and daughter. His shop is full of wonderful designs, from jewelry to memes and artwork.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a freelance 3D artist and designer from France. I mostly do characters for indie games and 3D printing, and as time goes by the amount of work shifts more and more towards the latter. This allows me to work from home, and to take care of my two year old daughter; it’s a privilege to be able to do your dream job and watch your kid grow, something I can do thanks to the support of my wife.

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Call for Blog Stories

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We love hearing all stories that have to do with 3D printing – especially when they come straight from our amazing community. With such a wide range of designers with all different interests, ideas, businesses, hobbies, etc. there is never a shortage of great content. We want to give you the chance to tell us your story! Posts can range from Kickstarter campaigns to tutorials, product inspiration to small business starting stories. We’ve pulled just a few to get your ideas rolling.

If you have a product or story you’d like to tell, fill out the form below and let us know your story. We’ll be in contact if we’d like to feature you!

Kickstarter
Designer Matt Smith raises funds to recreate an original sculpture using digital sculpting techniques and 3D technology. Read more »
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Small Business Building
Gabriel Prero, a Shapeways shop owner who partnered with a friend to start a totally new business – BioSpawn. Using Gabriel’s knowledge of 3D printing and his friend’s love for bass fishing, the two set out to make fishing lures with more detail than you could find anywhere else. Read More »
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Shapeways in the Wild
Shop owner Melissa Ng scans and prints custom masks for the new JiHAE music video featuring actor Norman Reedus. Read More »
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Product Features
Artist and Designer Tomoo Yamaji who was inspired by the Transformers cartoons from the 80′s and 90′s has designed a fully functional, detailed, 3D printed, assemble yourself transforming robot. Tomoo felt that there was a need for a grown up version of transforming robot toys and decided to use Shapeways 3D printing to bring this impressive design to life. Read More »
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Designer Spotlight: Gabriel Prero

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This week we are highlighting Gabriel Prero, amazing owner of Cufflink Junkie. We interviewed Gabriel back in 2013 and wanted to catch up; looks like the shop has grown a ton, with lots of commision orders! We especially like that Gabriel has chosen two specific niches between cufflinks and Hebrew lettering – always great to look for those sweet spots for shoppers. The shop has clearly expanded into more than cufflinks, so make sure you take a look.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Gabriel Prero, and I’m an Industrial Designer based in Chicago. I wear a few hats professionally. I design home storage, organization, and garment care items for Home Products International, I’m the co-founder and Chief Design Officer of BioSpawn Lure Company, and I run my own Industrial Design consulting studio, Prero Design LLC. I’m a proud Dad to 3 (and husband to 1). And I design cufflinks.

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