Category Archives: Designer Spotlight

Designer Spotlight: Antonio (Tony) Regidor

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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Designer Spotlight: Haydn Bao

This week we are highlighting Haydn Bao, one of three behind the awesome drone shop, Fusion Imaging. A talented group of three hailing from Australia, Haydn is the product designer of the team. Haydn gives us some insight into why 3D printing and drone accessories work so well together, as well as where their inspiration came from. With a shop full of great branding and drone accessories, we are very excited to highlight Fusion Imaging.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m Haydn Bao, the designer among a small team of drone enthusiasts based in Sydney Australia. We originally designed components for ourselves, but soon many others wanted us to purchase our designs. That’s how Fusion Imaging was born.

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Designer Spotlight: M Sloris

This week, we are so happy to highlight M Sloris. M is a dedicated Shapeways Crew member, artist and designer. She has an amazing shop full of nature-inspired jewelry that’s differnt than anything you’ve seen. Her pieces will be sure to make great gifts; she’s even ordered inventory, aware of our material cut-off dates, allowing customers to order past deadlines!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a fine artist who first discovered the world of 3D printing about two years ago. My initial goal was to design jewelry based on the forms in my oil paintings; that resulted in the ‘One Infinity’collection. I live and work on the road. Over the last year; I joined the SW crew from Songkhla, Thailand, launched my website from Granada, Spain, created multiple new designs for the holiday season in Palermo, Italy, and just received the first prints of that work in Mahdia, Tunisia.

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Desinger Spotlight: Virginia San Fratello

This week designer spotlight highlights Virginia San Fratello for Emerging Objects. Emerging Objects is a pioneering design and research company that specializes in designing and 3D printing objects for the built environment. The shop is full of lovely designs from rings to vases.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am a principal in the design studio Rael San Fratello, a creative partner in the 3D printing start up company Emerging Objects and a professor of design at San Jose State University. I’m located in Oakland CA.

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What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
Emerging Objects started as a company that develops materials for 3D printing. We started by 3D printing with materials such as sand, cement, wood, clay, chocolate and salt. Since then we’ve moved into designing for the built environment, we have focused on printing geometrically complex, functional tiles and objects using some of the materials we have developed: ceramics, cement, salt, rubber and various kinds of wood. We also design 3D printed body and tabletop accessories – many of which can be purchased on Shapeways! We have 3D printed an entire room out of salt from the San Francisco Bay – it’s called the Saltygloo. Our designs are usually inspired by forms in nature such as barnacles, flowers, vertebrae and cellular structures. Often times the jewelry pieces we design are study models or prototypes for larger pieces. For example, the picoroco rings are studies for the picoroco wall and the involute necklace is a study for a sound attenuation screen made of doubly curved surfaces. The Tubey ring is a study model for a light fixture.

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What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
We found Shapeways several years ago and have found it to be of great service. We mostly print with metal and nylon on Shapeways since those are materials that we don’t typically print in-house.

How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I learned how to design in 3D as part of my architectural education.

How do you promote your work?
We display our work at shows such as the 3D Printer World Expo, we’ve also taken examples of our work to Makerfaire in San Mateo several times. Our work is frequently published in magazines such as Metropolis, Wired and Architect and more recently we are starting to show our work at museums and galleries around the country including the Cooper Hewitt and the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design. It’s really exciting to have venues such as online magazines where you can reach a large audience but to also have opportunities for people to more closely examine the material qualities and designs physically and not just digitally. Material and texture are so important to design.

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Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
I’m inspired by designers and thinkers like Bernard Rudolfsky and his books “The Unfashionable Human Body”. Frederick Kiesler was an inspiration for me as an architecture student and he continues to be influential in the forms that we make. I admire the work of contemporary architects such as Herzog and DeMeuron, Peter Zumthor and Jeanne Gang. Artists whose work I like include Tara Donavan, Anthony Gormley, Rachel Whiteread, Do-Ho Suh, Olafur Elliason, Maya Lin – I’m just barely scratching the surface here there are so many artists and designers whose work I find influential.

In the Shapeways community I have found Nervous Systems to be particularly inspiring because of the algorithms they have developed for users to create such beautiful and functional forms. I also particularly enjoy the wearable and bicycle planters by Colleen Jordan and I think the way Summerized uses materials with such frugality to make such elegant designs is so smart.

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If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
Our goal is to 3D print a building – maybe a museum, a temple or a house!

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS SHOP:

  • Really fun designs
  • Great photography
  • Great variety of materials
  • Fun variety of products from rings to home goods

 

Thanks so much, Virginia! Lovely shop full of amazing designs – practical and fun! Visit the shop, website, and follow along on Facebook. To be featured, email aimee @ shapeways.com.


 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS SHOP:

  • 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 @ shapeways.com.