Category Archives: Designer Spotlight

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: 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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Designer Spotlight: Tom Felker

This weeks designer spotlight features Tom Felker, creator of unique, customized accessories for Fitbit. Taking advantage of the uses of 3D printing, Tom has created a shop full of different ways to easily take your Fitbit wherever you go. He’s also experimenting with old school mechanics, trying to combine his tech background with traditional manufacturing processes.

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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.


 

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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