Designer Spotlight: William Schaecher

This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on William Schaecher an Industrial Designer from Philadelphia, who explores forms through mathematics.

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

My designs are about exploring form making through digital means. I’m really interested in creating something I wouldn’t be able to make by hand. Often times I look to nature, mathematics, and personal experiences for ideas that are engaging, complex and versatile. 


What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
It was the chance to actually hold my work in my hands, as well as share it with others. I really enjoy that Shapeways gives me the ability to connect with others to share ideas.
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I started learning 3D modeling in school and very quickly it became my passion so I taught myself more advanced digital design techniques. I mainly use Grasshopper (a parametric modeling plug-in for Rhino) and Python scripting to generate objects. I’m always learning new techniques and will continue to create more objects in the future.
How do you promote your work?
As a designer, I get the chance to talk about my work with many people in my day to day life. I do wear a 3D printed ring and am often asked where I got it, which is also helpful. Shapeways and the internet have helped me greatly in promoting my work as well. 

Who are your favorite designers or artists?
Neri Oxman, Daniel Widrig, and Wolf Prix. In the Shapeways community, Bathsheba GrossmanNervous System and Studio Greenan. 
If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?

The list is endless but amongst the top three, I would like to make custom fitting clothing and footwear, furniture, modular structures, and building interiors. I’m also interested in exploring possibilities with different materials such as rubber and concrete. 

Check out his decorative objects on his Shapeways Shop and explore all his design work on his website. As always, if you’d like to be our next featured designer, email natalia@shapeways.com

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