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Designer Spotlight: Ryan Kittleson

This weeks designer spotlight, we are re-featuring Ryan Kittleson! Ryan has been a Shapeways community member for quite some time, and has become a big part of the “meme club” we’ve come to know and love. We wanted to catch up with Ryan and visit his 3D print journey with us.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m an art nerd and computer graphics junkie. I currently live in Brooklyn but previously lived in Orlando where I was teaching 3D modeling at Full Sail. I work as a freelance artist and sculptor in a variety of industries like games, animation, visual effects, product design and prop creation.

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Designer Spotlight: Brandon George

This weeks designer spotlight features Brandon George of 3by3D! Brandon’s shop all sorts of fun goodies – from miniature colorful chairs to awesome “wire” bracelets that are a perfect combo of unique, customized jewelry and 3D printing. Check out his shop and read more about his design process.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Brandon George. I live in Atlanta, GA. We do not call it Hotlanta.

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What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
3by3D’s designs are created with two questions in mind:
1. Is it creative?
2. Does it solve a problem or fill a need?

I love using creativity to solve problems—business problems, life problems, any types of problems. I also love making things that help make the world better, or happier, or safer, or just a little bit more fun. 3D printing is the perfect blend of my skills and passions. Once I saw how affordable and accessible this technology has become, I jumped right in and started making stuff. I’m still a beginner to the world of 3D printing, scanning, and design, but I’m experimenting and learning more each day.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
That’s easy: I didn’t have a 3D printer, but I desperately wanted to start 3D printing. One Google search later and suddenly I realized that, by partnering with Shapeways, I could take advantage of this technology with little to no resources of my own. The rest is history.

How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I handle brand and product development for 3by3D, which is just another way of saying I’m a 3D design newbie. I have a team of freelancers who turn my product ideas into digital reality. Throughout the iteration process, I play many roles, namely that of Creative Director.

How do you promote your work?
Online, I use two smaller, little-known social media sites called Twitter and Instagram. Once upon a time, I posted new content every day, in addition to liking/commenting other people’s stuff. Trying to get back on the wagon again. Offline, 3D-printed products often advertise themselves—catching people’s attention with unique, unexpected designs. That’s when the word of mouth kicks in and snowballs from there.

Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
Dotsan: His wire animal sculptures blew me away when I first saw them, and seeing those inspired one of my own best-selling designs, a wire unicorn.

Michiel Cornelissen: His designs are the definition of creative; somehow, he manages to make each one both visually appealing and unbelievably functional.

Kspence: Ever since I got started with Shapeways, I’ve loved checking out “The Feed”, which lists the prints that are being bought or favorited; thanks to great designs like his Mini Eames Chair, I swear Kspence’s name must’ve popped up more than any other.

If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
Water. Whoever figures that one out will be swimming in profits. And good karma.

Anything else you want to share?
The Shapeways customer service team is fantastic. People like to talk about how helpful and accommodating sites like Amazon and Zappos are; they could learn a thing or two from Shapeways. They’re fast, friendly, and they go the extra mile when needed. Couldn’t ask for more.

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS SHOP:

  • Really fun variety of products
  • Great, fun photography
  • Sections for easy shopping
  • Really fun Instagram account
  • Nice simple branding

 

Thank you, Brandon! Keep up the great work, your shop is so fun and there’s definitely something for everyone. Don’t forget to check out his shop, and follow along on Brandon’s website, as well as Twitter and Instagram. To be featured, email aimee @ shapeways.com.

Designer Spotlight: Alex Berkowitz

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This week we are thrilled to highlight a New York neighbor, Alex Berkowitz from Rochester, NY. Alex is a pro – graduating with a degree in 3D Digital Graphics. With his shop, illogical, he can bring his digital creations to life! His love of math and science shines throughout this shop, but is translated into wearable art.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m currently located in Rochester, NY soon to graduate RIT with a degree in 3D Digital Graphics. I’m really passionate about art and design and I’m constantly trying to find new mediums through which I can express myself. I particularly love 3D printing because it helps me bring my passion out of the digital realm and into the real world. Being a predominantly digital artist (unless stick figures count as art in which case I’m practically Picasso) I’ve always tried to seek out ways I can use my talents and interests to augment the world around me. Pushing the boundaries of what I can create is the most exciting thing in the world for me.

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Designer Spotlight: Umberto Menasci

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This week we are featuring Umberto Menasci! His shop is full of contemporary rings of all shapes and sizes, from minimalistic architecture shapes to complicated gears. Make sure to check out his shop, SOONdesign and be ready to have a hard time decided just one piece to choose!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m an interior and product designer from Rome, Italy. I study interior and product design at an international school in Rome call IED. After some years of practice in architecture, I started to work like freelancer and now design stores and apartments.

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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: Urbano Rodriguez

This week we are thrilled to feature Urbano Rodriguez. A clearly creative mind, Urbano creates some amazing gadget accessories that are not only functional, but fun to look at. As a professional designer by day, he also takes his skills and experiments with unique jewelry and toys, so he’s created a shop full of interesting items for everyone!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
All of my family is from Spain, but I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and I live and work here. I graduated with a degree in marketing and advertising. I have since developed my work as an Art Director, Designer, and Web Designer at mkt1, an small Internet Agency I founded with a friend, about 14 years ago.

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Designer Spotlight: Megan Hornbecker

Happy Mini Week! This weeks designer is a miniature master. With the help of 3D printing, Megan takes the life-size pieces she wants for herself, and decorates 1:12 scale homes instead. Make sure to check out her shop, Modern Mini Houses, full of beautiful, tiny wonders!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
Hi, I’m Megan. I live outside San Francisco, CA. I work for a web design company, pretend to be a cook and wrangle two kids by day. By night I build modern miniature homes that resemble something I aspire to own some day.

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What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
I’ve liked miniatures since I was young kid, but have been obsessed with modern miniatures for the last 8 years. I want all of the decor and furniture showcased at full-scale galleries like Design Within Reach, West Elm, CB2 but settle for the much more budget friendly option of making them for my 1:12 scale homes.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
A friend built me a 1:12 scale version of a West Elm chair I had been pining for. To return the favor I designed a bookcase in Adobe Illustrator based on one I’d seen. I learned that my woodworking skills suck; I can’t cut true square corners nor sand without unintentionally rounding edges. Measure twice, cut once wasn’t working for me, so I threw in the towel and googled 3D printing to turn my digital sketch into reality. I found Shapeways, learned how to create 3D models and printed my first bookcase.

Why do you think 3D printing is so appealing to the miniature community?
3D printing makes you less reliant on traditional techniques and enables you to create designs that are outside of the box. You don’t have to become a machinist, an expert woodworker, or invest in a ton of specialized tools or equipment to be able to make 3D printed miniatures.

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How do you finish your designs after they are 3D printed?
I design all of my models in Strong & Flexible Polished so they look great without finishing. I’m currently working on painting and sanding techniques to give the look of lacquered wood and distressed metals.

How did you learn how to design in 3D?
When I found Shapeways almost 3 years ago, I tested out all of the free 3D modeling software they recommended. At the time I found SketchUp to be the easiest to use so I taught myself by watching youtube videos. There was A LOT of trial and error; building supporting walls too thin, not using enough segments on rounded edges, and lots of other mistakes. After several months I found what worked and tweaked my designs to get the highest quality with the least amount of volume and to keep them small enough to fit in the polisher. I’m at the point now where I need to invest in more robust 3D software to really be able to design the miniature sculptures and accessories that are piling up in my head.

How do you promote your work?
The usual spots like my blog, website, Facebook, Flickr, and Pinterest. I have a mentor in the modern miniature world that is selling some of my work on his website at PRDMiniatures.com. I’m also in the process of building an e-commerce site to sell all of my finished pieces that I hope to launch next month and I’m applying for booth space to sell at miniature shows around the US this year.

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Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
Vijay, from Dotsan is amazing. I love his Wired Life collection. I reached out to him if he could redesign his stag head into a smaller 1:12 scale version and he was happy to oblige. Not only did he make it in the scale I wanted but we had several conversations about 3D printing which helped me become a better designer. All of Dotsan’s “Wired Life Small” animal heads are the perfect size for 1:12 scale dollhouses (I have them all, they are awesome). Jessica and Jesse from Nervous System are my heroes. I mean, who makes a 3D printed dress?!? These two are brilliant. Theo Jansen was the first designer that really made me believe that if you can think it, you can 3D print it.

If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
I’d love to print in ceramic at 1mm or 1.5mm thick. I’m working on a new line of miniature art sculptures, but to be true to scale they would need to be 0.25mm thick, too thin for current printers. I’d also love larger 3D printers to be able to print some of my items in full-scale so I could actually use them in my real house not just my dollhouses.

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WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS SHOP:

  • Amazing product photography! Simple detail photographs, with a lot of context shots to make the product really come to life
  • Sections for easy shopping
  • Great shop details with a short shop summary and ways to contact Megan for more information

Thank you so much, Megan! What an amazing shop! The product photos are too good – keep up the amazing work. Don’t forget to follow Megan: on her  blogwebsiteFacebookFlickr, and Pinterest. To be featured, email aimee @ shapeways.com.

Do you make your own mini houses and displays using 3D printed furniture and accessories? Share your work by entering our 3D printed mini house contest by April 10 to win Shapeways credit and be featured on the Shapeways blog!

Designer Spotlight: Jenny Tseitlin

This weeks designer spotlight features Jenny Tseitlin. Working with 3D modeling since 2006, Jenny has created a beautiful shop, ranging in different materials and designs. Jewelry and home accessory designs combine geometric shapes with nature to create some very intriguing shapes and unique products.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I live between the desert and the sea, biblical area between Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. I am a designer working and creating in 3D since 2006. Specializing in jewelry, I am also in love with product design; it became a real passion while working on my master’s degree in 2008.

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Designer Spotlight: David Bachman

This week we are happy to introduce David Bachman. A Mathematician and self-taught 3D modeler, David has created a unique shop full of designs ranging from jewelry to sculptures. All his designs are made with a fascinating mathematically produced patterns that translate a normally non-visible world into beautiful physical pieces.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am a Mathematician at Pitzer College, in Claremont, California. My academic research is on Topology, which is the study of abstract shapes. I teach several classes on 3D printing and design, and am particularly interested in turning the abstract shapes I study into reality.

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Designer Spotlight: Peter Chapman

This week we are thrilled to highlight Peter Chapman, the mind behind Tofty’s EDC Items. Combining his engineering mind with (specifically) the steel and silver available to print via Shapeways, Peter started off making copies of tools. From there he’s branched out to add tritium based jewelry – such an innovative and interesting take on 3D printing!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
Hi, my name is Peter and I’m a Mechanical Engineer and Designer, in my late 20s and based a few miles west of London, in the UK. At the moment I’m self employed, running a design consultancy, as well as a classic bike restoration workshop with my father. I mostly design single-piece multi tools, flashlights and glow-in-the-dark tritium jewellery.

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Designer Spotlight: Silvia Nencini

This week we are highlighting the lovely Silvia Nencini and her shop, Coraline Jewels. Her love of the sea inspired a beautiful line of jewelry that mimics the look and feel of coral without harming the environment. Beyond that, the designs are auto-generated via computer program, beautifully combining new technology with nature.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
Hello! My name is Silvia and I am a designer from Pisa, Italy. I have just completed my BA Degree in Architecture from IPSIA Institute in Florence, Italy. I worked in the architecture field for 3 years and I specialized in Product Design with a Master’s Degree.

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Designer Spotlight: Florin Grigore

This week we are highlighting Florin Grigore, an artist with sociology and law education background, Florin has taken his self-taught skills and artistic background to create a beautiful shop full of unique and fresh jewelry.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a self-taught designer born and living in Bucharest, Romania with a background in fine art and formal education in sociology and law with a main focus on Intellectual Property.

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Designer Spotlight: Steve Marshall

This week we are highlighting Steve Marshall, of StuffBySteve. Steve is a completely self-taught modeler who likes to push the limits of skill and imagination. His shop ranges from puzzles to fun music inspired pieces-proving that 3D printing can bring all kinds of passions to life!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am a Computer Science student at the University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg. I love both programming and 3D printing, and few things are more exciting to me than seeing my ideas come to life!

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