This weeks Designer Spotlight focuses on Todd Blatt, long time community member here at Shapeways, inspired by all kinds of technology including his new google glasses which have inspired a whole 3D printed accesories collection.
What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
I joined the Shapeways community in late 2009 and opened a shop in early 2010. I ran the first Shapeways community member organized meetup which was in Baltimore, my hometown. I joined Shapeways when I needed to 3D print some knobs for a radio. A friend and I were trying to recreate the sonix victory 75 radio which is the exact model that the sandtroopers wore on their backpacks in Star Wars. We used the Shapeways 3D printed knobs and radio faceplate to create molds and cast resin copies. I eventually made enough products through Shapeways 3D printing, and using other digital fabrication tools that I was able to leave my engineering job and support myself.
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
I started modeling in 1997 when the video game Jedi Knight came out. It was a multiplayer first person shooter, and someone released a level editor that let you create new worlds to play in the game, and share with others online. I created amzing worlds, and those 3D modeling skills transfered to the AutoCAD skills I have and still use today.
How do you promote your work?
My favorite way to promote my work is called “newsjacking.” I try to find things that are popular, and buzzworthy, and quickly create models or content related to that news event. I did this with the Pirate Bay Pirate Ship when the pirate bay launched their Physibles section, with the Hutzler banana slicer, with Higgs-Boson particle discovery, and most recently with the 3D scanning of Marcus Aurelius using Google Glass. You can also check out my Facebook Page or follow me on Twitter.
Anything else you want to share?
I just launched a Kickstarter campaign called GlassKap. It’s hardware accessories for Google Glass. I know my market is currently very small since Glass isn’t technically released to consumers yet, but I’ve got some things which appeal to non-glass owners too. A lot of the pieces are fun novelty items, and some are more functional and address privacy concerns. The main product of GlassKap is a lens cover that acts as a visual indicator to others around to let them know they’re not being recorded.