Category Archives: Designer Spotlight

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

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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Designer Spotlight: Daryl Poe

This week we are happy to highlight Daryl Poe, miniature aircraft pro and enthusiast, as a shout out to our presence at the Experimental Aircraft Association event, and to all plane and miniature enthusiasts everywhere!

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a computer engineer in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. Most of my day is very left-brain oriented, so working with 3D designs for Shapeways lets my creative side get a little exercise.


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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, 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.


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.


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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 @


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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