Category Archives: Designer Spotlight


 

Designer Spotlight: Kazu and Shing Takeishi

This weeks designer spotlight features Kazu and Shing Takeishi, the minds behind MONOCIRCUS. The Japanese duo have creative backgrounds and have channeled that energy into a shop full of fun and beautiful out-of-the-box ideas turned products.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
MONOCIRCUS began in 2011, started by two of us, Kazu, Japanese architect, and Shing, Singaporean artist. We work from a little bedroom-turned-studio in our home in Fukuoka, Japan, where we live with our two little boys.

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Designer Spotlight: Melissa Ng

The designer spotlight this week highlights Melissa Ng! Melissa creates beautiful, whimsical masks, that she’s transformed into intricate pieces of jewelry. She’s also working to help entrepreneurs and creatives navigate the 3D printing world through motivational writing and art.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a doodler, entrepreneur, and 3D printing artist and I’m located in Queens, New York. I’m the creator of Lumecluster.com, wonderlands for the entrepreneurial mind, where I help creatives/entrepreneurs break through fear and self-doubt through inspirational writing and 3D printed art. I’m also the co-founder of PianoVerse, a place to play, learn, and love music (specializing in adult piano lessons).

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Designer Spotlight: Elena Low and Kae Woei Lim

This week we are featuring the lovely husband/wife duo of XYZ Workshop. Apart from their architecture jobs, Elena Low and Kae Woei Lim use XYZ Workshop as a creative outlet and also hope to promote 3D modeling and printing efforts with their imaginative work.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
XYZ Workshop was formed in early 2013, by Australian Architects, Elena Low and Kae Woei Lim. We are a husband and wife team that fell in love with 3D printing after we assembled our first Ultimaker 3D Printer and started playing around with Shapeways. We work on XYZ Workshop outside out 9 to 5 jobs using it as an additional creative outlet for our designs and ideas.

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Designer Spotlight: Maikel Grootendorst

This weeks designer spotlight we are highlighting not only a great shop, but a popular shop within a very popular category. Maikel Grootendorst is the designer behind MaikelsDesign. From upgrade kits to landing gears and more, Maikel is a great source for all varieties of drone accessories. 
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m Maikel located in Utrecht, The Netherlands. I’m a freelance all-around designer in multimedia and product design. I’m also a part-time student at the University of Rotterdam where I study communications and multimedia design (CMD).

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Designer Spotlight: Bryan Salt

This week, we are happy to feature Bryan Salt of Thinker Thing! Bryan and his company is on to something amazing. By combining 3D modeling with an easy-to-use interface, Thinker Thing is bringing 3D modeling to the masses! You don’t have to have 3D modeling skills; simply choose different combinations to make your figurines. What better way to start playing than with robots and dinosaurs? Play with Thinker Thing on Dr. Fluff’s Robot Factory, then print with us!
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Bryan Salt, I live in the Andes mountains to the east of Santiago, Chile. I’ve been working in cutting edge 3D technology for 27 years including virtual reality, games, television & mobile 3D engines. My latest company, Thinker Thing, is dedicated to making 3D printing accessible to everyone.

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Designer Spotlight: Scott Denton

This week we are featuring Scott Denton of Likesyrup! Scott comes from an animation background, but clearly has a talent for jewelry design as well. His shop is a refreshing combination of fun, original, unique and stylish. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?

I grew up in Nashville, TN and have loved creating art from as far back as I can remember. Everything I would see or hear about I thought, ‘I think I can do something cool with that.’ I have the unfortunate disorder of being a nerd about everything. I attended Austin Peay University, majoring in Fine Art and Illustration until realizing I really wanted to get into Computer Animation. I transferred to Full Sail University in Orlando, where I completed their Computer Animation program in 2005. I moved to NYC in 2005 after accepting a job at Shilo, a local design advertising shop. After a couple of years I started freelancing in NYC as a 3D Modeler for many commercial projects.

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What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
Everything inspires me! Mostly, I just want to make things that are cool and this is a way to keep my skills sharp. Sometimes ideas come from experimenting with shape or a technique. Or I am being sentimental about a past memory or something that made me laugh. Inspiration really comes from everywhere in my life. I might be reading a book and a description of something could just give me that spark of creativity. I may be having a conversation and the same thing happens. I think most people that meet me will say I have a mischievous side, and a lot of the art I do in my free time lets me experiment with messing with others. It also stems from just having a big heart. I like making things I think the people around me would love, and they inspire me. Most of the rings on my site are named after special people in my life. 
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
I had been wanting to do 3D print stuff since I first heard about it. For whatever reason I just couldn’t get the courage up to do it until a couple months ago I had lunch with a good friend and fellow Shapie Ryan Kittleson. After seeing his prints in person I went home that day and started making rings! Now I have become hooked.
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
Designing in 3D was part of my training at Full Sail University and then just practice, practice, practice and learning from Digital Tutors, Lynda, and the numerous video all over the web, YouTube and Vimeo on my own or from others.
How do you promote your work?
Every channel possible. You are always your best spokesman. But everywhere I can possibly think of: Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Behance, Facebook, CgTalk, Zbrush Central, Lunchcrunch and then just having my stuff with me when I’m out!
Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
Everyone. I took huge inspiration from comics growing up and could list artists for days. There are a  few people I consider mentors and friends that I truly respect, namely Ryan Kittleson, Steve Talkowski, Javier Leon, Michael Berger, Mitch Paone, and Melanie Palishen. These people have helped inspire me to be better at what I do and a better person. My parents and family especially continue to encourage and inspire me.
I am super fond of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work, and MC Escher, and  Georges Seurat. I was a massive Star Wars nerd growing up so Ralph Mcquarrie, Syd Mead, all the Henson studios stuff is a part of who I am. Stefan Sagmeister inspires me, not just for his great design but his life philosophy. Movies and toys are also a big source of inspiration.
If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
Furniture and things that make people’s lives better. Bigger things. I’d definitely start making more toys.

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS SHOP:

  • Great photography
  • Fun, original designs
  • Experimentation with a variety of materials 
  • Awesome logo
  • Shop sections

Thank you for the fun interview, Scott! Keep up the awesome work, your talents only deserve to be brought to life with 3D printing! Don’t forget to show your support on all the platforms: Twitter,Pinterest,Instagram,Tumblr,Behance,FacebookCgTalk, and check out his site and shop. As always, to be featured, please feel free to email aimee @ shapeways.com.


 

Designer Spotlight: Matthew Choto and Aniseh Kadivar

This week, we are featuring jewelry designer duo Matt and Aniseh and their lovely shop, Tigdar. Their unique designs utilize the technology of 3D printing by creating intricate and detailed designs that cannot be made by hand. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?

Tigdar is a collaboration between me (Matt) and my wife (Aniseh). We’re currently based in the Greater Boston Area.

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Designer Spotlight: Michiel Cornelissen

This week we are featuring lovely designer and long-time Shapeways user, Michiel Cornelissen. A professional product designer, Michiel’s shop is full of designs that range from life hacks to jewelry and lamps, but always include an element of beautiful, clean design.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?

I’m Michiel Cornelissen, a product designer from Utrecht, The Netherlands. I’ve been running my own design studio for a couple of years, where I combine client work (sometimes for big companies, sometimes for tiny start-ups and even individuals) with the creation of my own range of products – many of which are for sale through Shapeways.

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Designer Spotlight: Morgan Seiler

This week we’re happy to introduce Morgan Seiler! The soon-to-be NYU graduate takes time off learning bioethics and neuroscience to create some pretty amazing creatures. Morgan’s shop, Wondercat, is her own version of a toy chest – with products moving straight from imagination to the palm of her hand, the whimsical characters will be sure to charm and delight you. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?

I’m a student who’s about to graduate from NYU with a BA in Neuroscience & Bioethics. Figurine design seems like a complete departure from that, but it’s not totally unrelated! I’m interested in applying psychology thinking to design. I got my first gig, interning for NYC-based Just Solutions, with a portfolio populated almost entirely by my work on Shapeways.

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Designer Spotlight: Richy Swalberg

This week, we are highlighting mechanical engineer Richard “Richy” Swalberg. We met Richy at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC and saw some awesome, inspiring work we wanted to share with you.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located? 

Just recently I moved near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where I work as a Mechanical Engineering for an Engineering Consulting firm. Originally, I grew up near Salt Lake City, Utah. After college, I spent a couple of years in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?

When I was younger, I often went to Moab, Utah to go off-roading on the extreme trails and huge rocks with my brother, who was heavily involved with the sport. I got to hang out with him and his friends in their garages as they would design and build their own extreme off-road vehicles, which was really cool. So when I started printing with Shapeways, I thought it’d be new and exciting to bring that culture to the 3D printing community. I also loved the challenge of trying to print it completely assembled, which I think adds to the appeal. I first started printing rings until I felt comfortable printing my designs the way I wanted, then I started planning how to print a small, movable off-road vehicle.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways? 

I knew a classmate in college that built his own small 3D printer and would occasionally show me some of the things he printed. That was my introduction to 3D printing technology, and I thought that building a printer would be a fun project. But while researching online, I found Shapeways instead, which was more appealing to me as a designer. I was impressed with all the materials and possibilities that Shapeways has to offer for designers.

How did you learn how to design in 3D?

My first formal experience was in college about six years ago when I learned SolidWorks. It came so easily and I loved it from the first day. This is probably because I always loved design since I was a kid, and always enjoyed video games that required some type of design or building platform.
How do you promote your work? 

Apart from Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, volunteering for the Shapeways booth at the Science and Engineering Festival in Washington D.C. was probably the best thing I’ve done for my shop so far! I’m also trying to start a YouTube channel to demonstrate printed models with moving parts. I think it’d be fun to occasionally post a video to showcase my work and answer some of the repeated questions I get from people about designing 3D printed models.

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Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you? 

I like the Erstax MKII Action Figures by Mr_props because I always thought it would be cool to have my own line of toys; I’ve always wanted to create an entire franchise of my own. His concept of printing posable figures seems so cool. I’m also amazed at the detail and precision of Southernnscale parts for his train sets. I loved model trains when I was really young.

If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?

Multiple materials in a single printed object. How cool would it be to print silver rims on an all-terrain buggy with strong and flexible plastic for the suspension? I could probably get carried away with some serious bling if that were possible.

Anything else you want to share? 

Something that Shapeways has to offer, which is so cool, is the amount of resources available to help designers improve their skills, and learn how to create and manage an online shop. I watched a few videos on Shapeways Youtube channel multiple times when I was trying to determine how to design the springs on the Rock Crawler, for example. And I think the Shop Owner Challenge is a great idea to get tips from various disciplines apart from 3D design, such as management, marketing, finance and photography.

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS SHOP:

  • Experimenting with materials 
  • Great banner and shop photography
  • Nice overall branding

Keep up the great work, Richy! We loved meeting you in Washington DC – check out the interview with Community Manager Natalia about how he made his vehicle! Check out all of his designs here

If you’d like to be featured, please email aimee @ shapeways.com.


 

Designer Spotlight: Scott Camazine

This week, we introduce Scott Camazine. Scott hails from Pennsylvania and is a jack of many trades. An ER doctor, photographer, and 3D modeler, and biology enthusiast, Scott’s shop exhibits his expertise in all of the above. With fascinating scans of animal skulls, what started as a personal interest hobby has sprouted into an full blown museum of incredible 3D printed skulls. We also have a special bonus feature on how Shapeways tools helped his shop offer even more!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?

I am essentially a jack-of-all-trades, master of none! My passion is the biological world. I have been collecting bugs and small creatures since I was a child. I have a medical degree and worked as an emergency room doctor for years. I have traveled to several third-world countries and have done volunteer surgery. I was a professor of honey bee biology and diseases. I am a stock photographer specializing in medical and nature subjects. I live in central Pennsylvania.

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Designer Spotlight: Jessica and Jean-Baptiste Fontes

This week, in light of Mother’s Day coming up in the US, we are highlighting a brother/sister duo who are definitely making mom proud. Born in Paris, Jean-Baptiste and Jessica are now exploring different parts of the world, but have one common place to put their creative minds together. Node is an awesome combo of Jessica’s imagination with Jean-Baptiste’s 3D modeling skills. Uniting their creative minds, there’s no sibling rivalry here, and they’ve come up with some great pieces.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?

We are a brother and sister team, John Baptist 23 and I, Jessica, 20. We are spread all around the world: although born and raised in Paris, John Baptist moved to New York to complete an Industrial Engineering Masters at NYU and I am currently at Manchester Business School in my final year studying Economics and Business. Our collaboration works perfectly: I have the idea and create the first design of our jewels and JB adds one more dimension to the work and models it from 2D to 3D.

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Designer Spotlight: Corretta Singer

Our designer spotlight this week features Corretta Singer. A Shapie with some serious imagination and awesome steam punk aesthetic, her shop is a great example of the endless possibilities of 3D printing.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I am a 3D generalist and animator currently living in Jamaica. I was born in Switzerland, but came to Jamaica when I was 5 years old with my mother and younger brother. I started out as a painter and visual artist but branched off into 3D and digital art after high school.


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