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Designer Spotlight: Michael Mueller

This week we are thrilled to highlight Michael Mueller of Pookas! Michael’s shop is full of rad jewelry and accessories; farily unisex but with a lean towards masculine depending on the material choices! Whistles, belt buckles, rings and more, Michael’s shop is an awesome place to find some seriously sweet accessories.


Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a designer located in the cozy city of Wuerzburg, Germany. I’m associate of a company called KRITZELKRATZ 3000. We are game developers but nowadays we are also happy to create apps for companies like Audi and Volkswagen by using the Unity Engine for real-time rendering and software development. At the same time I conceive and create unique product designs and jewelry by using 3D printing technology provided by Shapeways.


What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
I think it is a good thing to act not too serious. I always try to add some fun and mystery to my work. There is a movie from the early 50s called “Harvey.” James Stewart plays the curious Elwood P. Dowd whose best mate is a mystery “Pooka,” an invisible 6-foot rabbit. Elwood is a very kind person who treats everyone equal and yes, he hangs out with an unseen rabbit all the time. To be open-minded is a good thing and if this means to see things that are hidden to others, so be it.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
I stumbled upon Shapeways three years ago. There was an article about it in one of my favorite magazines. It really hit me. I was so excited about it and have been since then. There is not one day I don’t work or at least think about 3D printing and what I can create next.


How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I started to mess around with 3D software in the 90s during my university studies. It was an astonishing new thing, like 3D printing is today. Meanwhile some great software is available. Some of them are actually for free, like Blender or Sculptris.

How do you promote your work?
With 3D printing you can visualize and even materialize your craziest ideas. This way you can show people stuff which they have never seen before. I try to be part of most social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Pinterest and Behance. It’s always exciting to share new stuff and to get feedback from people all around the world.

Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
One of the coolest things about Shapeways is the community! There are so many Shapies out there who are excited about 3D printing. I’m happy to be part of this group and it’s great to have so many friends there. You can always share and discuss new ideas. This is a perfect way to get feedback or inspiration. It’s always hard to choose whom to name so I won’t.


If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
It would be great to print large objects for an affordable price. Also printing in aluminum would be awesome. I would love to see this material for glasses frames or bicycle parts.

What will be your next project?
I like designs with additional functions, like a pendant which is also a whistle or a keychain which can be used as a bottle opener too. Shapeways made a price change recently. Now large sized steel objects are much cheaper. This is a great circumstance for designs like a belt buckle. Guess I’ll make a few more. Buckles are great objects and last but not least very helpful to keep your pants up.


  • Great photography
  • Variety of default photos
  • Great, versatile models that allow for more a masculine or feminine touch depending on material
  • Sections for easier shopping
  • Great branding; banner, social icons, Twitter handle on profile, etc.

Thank you for the interview, Michael! Also, congrats for having one of the more rad profile photos…ever. Don’t forget to share any new belt buckles with us – they’re awesome! Show your support by visiting Michael on his Shapeways shopwebsiteFacebookTwitterTumblrFlickrPinterest and Behance. To be featured, email aimee @


Designer Spotlight: Brian Chan

This week we are thrilled to highlight Brian Chan. His shop, Creations by Brian Chan, are some amazing pieces of art. From articulated sea creatures to costumes, Brian has a serious ability to bring 3D modeling to life.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m an independent designer and university instructor living in Cambridge, MA.


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Designer Spotlight: Paul Liaw

This week we are featuring Paul Liaw of NeoNouveau. An incredibly talented modeler, Paul’s shop shows off some insane detail, from dainty bracelets to a giant faux taxidermy Rhino head. His shop is one we really can’t stop staring at.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am a NY based, digital sculptor. I make creatures for television and film – I just finished working on the upcoming Jurassic Park. I am also a semi professional chef.

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Designer Spotlight: Dan Foley

This week, we are highlighting Dan Foley of D&O Designs! Dan’s shop is full of intricate, beautiful celtic designs. The complex designs pair perfectly with 3D printing, and give Dan a chance to take a break from technical engineering and focus on his artistic side.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a professional engineer and 3D designer located in Davenport, Iowa. I have a beautiful wife and three children. The “O” of D&O Designs is for my son, Owen, who is learning to be a 3D modeler.



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Designer Spotlight: Sun Yoon

This weeks designer spotlight focuses on Sun Yoon, a designer inspired by bones and skeletons (perfect for Halloween), and lets her professional animation skills translate to creating a world of fun and fantastic products for her Shapeways Shop, Spooky Bulldog.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m an artist located in the Los Angeles area. As I was growing up in Korea, I was a huge fan of anything animated. This lead me to study abroad at the Calarts character animation program. Now, I’m an animation industry professional by day and the creator of my own fantasy world by the night.


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Designer Spotlight: Kerbal Space Program

This week we are highlighting a well-known shop who has used Shapeways to make their beloved game, Kerbal Space Program, come to life! Based in Mexico, it takes a team to build the wonderful world of the Kerbal Space Program. We’re hearing from Dan Rosas, one of Kerbal’s 3D artists.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
The home of Kerbal Space Program is in Squad, Mexico City. Squad is an indie developer that started small, and is right now in active development of KSP. I have been on the team for almost three years, and currently lead the team developing in-game assets. My work consists mostly around the Kerbals, whether they are used in graphics, animations, or being 3D printed by Shapeways, and it’s my responsibility to make them (suffer) have interesting stories.

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Designer Spotlight: Peter Morfino

This week we are highlighting jewelry manufacturer Peter Morfino! Peter specializes in the traditional jewelry department, but has expanded his expertise to experiment with 3D modeling. His shop, The Peoples Jeweler, is full of lovely jewelry including pendants and awesome, unique midi rings!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am a gold and platinum jewelry manufacturer. I sell wholesale to retail jewelers all across the country. My alter ego however is The Peoples Jeweler! This gives me the chance to offer my jewelry directly to the public, and to eliminate the middle man!


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Designer Spotlight: John Fitzpatrick

This weeks designer spotlight highlights John Fitzpatrick – web developer by day, 3D modeler by night living in Brooklyn, NY.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I have a Bachelor of Science degree from the The University of Cincinnati which is one of the best design schools in the world. I have designed mobile phones for Ericsson GE, refrigerators for Frigidaire as well as emergency medical devices for the Long Beach Medical Group. At one point in time, I could walk into a Best Buy and see a cell phone, refrigerators and dozens of DVDs that I had worked on with a team of really smart and great people. I am a web developer by day at KBS+, 3D modeler by night that lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Designer Spotlight: Dimitris Fotiou

This weeks designer spotlight highlights Shapeways Crew member, Dimitris Fotiou. As a trained sculptor, Dimitris formed his Shapeways shop, Thingfuture, as another artistic outlet with a new medium. A self-taught 3D modeler, his shop is full of beautiful and intricate designs from rings to gadget accessories.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am an artist who comes from a sculptural background and lots of classical studies in the field of Fine Arts. I see 3D printing technology as the kingdom of ultimate tools. Access to that kingdom makes any design I dream of possible, it’s like making the impossible real. I live and work in Athens, Greece.


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Designer Spotlight: Simon Tcherniak

This week we are highlighting London based designer, Simon Tcherniak. The professional furniture designer had a chance to use Shapeways to create lovely ornaments.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a bespoke furniture designer living in London. One day Shapeways will have a printer big enough for me to send them my furniture designs, but in the meantime, I’m really enjoying being forced to ‘think small’.


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Designer Spotlight: Brian Richardson

This week we are highlighting Brian Richardson. This incredibly unique shop proves just how far imagination and 3D printing can go together. Whimsical and fascinating creatures fill Brian’s shop and are so well done, you can hardly tell they’re printed.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a designer, illustrator and 3D modeler located on Long Island, New York. My shop Mythic Articulations provides all kinds of mythical creature and cryptic skeletons. And a few plants. I’ve had experience with all manner of sculpting including clay, metalworking, and woodworking, but 3D printing is by far my favorite method for producing sculptures.


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Designer Spotlight: Austin Robey

This weeks designer spotlight features Brooklyn based designer Austin Robey. Take a look at his shop and tell us you don’t want to hold all the emojis in your very own hands. He’s also made awesome iPhone cases of popular NYC and Brooklyn neighborhoods, so you and your emojis will never get lost again!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Austin Robey and am located in Brooklyn, NY. I have an academic background in architecture, a professional background in designing jewelry and accessories, and now have a studio called 3D NYC Lab, which helps people realize fun and inventive product ideas through digital design and 3D printing. As a side project from our 3D design services, we wanted to make a Shapeways store of some fun products we designed. It’s called Good Custom Goods.



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Designer Spotlight: Michael Poulsen

This week we are highlighting Michael Poulsen, designer behind the new shop Inspired by Architecture. Michael’s shop is full of clean, minimal, yet modern designs that  would be great additions to any accessories collection.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
Iʼm a Danish architect and furniture designer located in Copenhagen, DK. I have been educated and trained under strong influence of the Danish and Scandinavian design traditions which I truly treasure. I have a great passion for designing and creating… anything. Furniture design, lighting design, industrial design, interior design and product design. My ability to design is my motivator and my engine.


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Designer Spotlight: Tom Rethaller

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This weeks designer spotlight features Tom Rethaller. Not only a Shapeways shop owner, Tom has created his very own app! Pupworkshop is one of the newest apps featured on our Easy Creator page. Personalize ears, colors, even tails with this adorable app to create a 3D printed twin of your best four-legged friend, or bring an imaginary friend to life!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m Tom, I live in Copenhagen. My background is in computer games development, but I’m also interested in design, 3D art and 3D printing.


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