This week's Designer Spotlight focuses on Mohammad Alaswadi of Dilly Design. His endless hex clock is currently hanging in our 3D printed living room booth at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, so if you are in the region, come by and check it out in person!
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am a freelance product designer and the designer behind Dilly Design NYC. I am always trying to figure out ways to improve products using 3D printing. I grew up in the Washington DC suburbs but 5 years ago I moved to NYC area and fell in love with the city.
What's the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
Like many designers or comedians many of my inspirations come from everyday encounters. Take the Endless Hex Clock, it was inspired by our inability to control time. Its title references its physical structure of repeating hexagons (hex) and the curse (hex) of time. From a design perspective it is a dynamic clock that is visually stimulating from all angles and can only be manufactured through 3D technology.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
The idea that I can print a finished product and not just a prototype captured my imagination immediately. Shapeways not only allows for ideas to come to life but will deliver your idea to your front door for a reasonable price.
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
Perhaps sculpting was my first exposure in designing in 3D. As an industrial design student I was exposed to 3D computer modeling as part of the development of products.
How do you promote your work?
I have been fortunate enough to win a couple of competitions including 2011 3D Printing Event which was sponsored by Shapeways. You can also keep up with my latest designs on Facebook and my website.
Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
I would have to say that Dieter Rams is on the top of my favorite designers list. His work and design philosophy truly inspire me. There are countless great and clever designers in the Shapeways community. I really enjoy Michiel Cornelissen products and his approach to design. I'm also fascinated by Kostika SpahoBiomimicry Shoe. Frankly I see a lot of noteworthy designs in the Shapeways community.
If you weren't limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
I would love to be able to print fully functioning electronic devices like smartphones, or maybe print organs for those in need.
Check out his inspired pattern designs on his Shapeways Shop or his website or stop by our Dutch Design Week booth until October 28th!