This week we are highlighting Matt Roesle (with help from his wife Mahi Palanisami) and his shop Hypatia Studio. Both are mechanical engineers by trade who have transferred their engineering background to creating mathematical art and jewelry, starting with a wedding band!
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
My name is Matt Roesle. My wife, Mahi Palanisami, and I are mechanical engineers. We 3D print jewelry and sculpture based on equations. We live in Thornton, CO, USA.
What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
I first got involved with 3D-printed jewelry when I wanted to make a special wedding band for my then-fiance (and now wife!). 3D printing technology, and the advent of 3D printing services, enables anyone to create almost any object – if you can make a computer model of it first. I had an idea for a braided ring, but I couldn’t find software that would let me create a model of the shape I wanted. So, I called on my engineering background to make a mathematical description of the braid, and then I wrote a computer program to generate the model of the ring. The result turned out even better than I had hoped, and I soon found what I could make. I am inspired by math! I am also by cool patterns I see in the world.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
I wanted to make a unique wedding ring for my wife, since I wasn’t able to make it by hand. Shapeways is the best way to get started with 3D printing.
How did you learn how to design in 3D?
My engineering background! Years of experiences designing things in CAD as a mechanical engineer.
How do you promote your work?
My wife does a lot of our promoting. We attend craft fairs, teach classes, approach stores, send out newsletters, do fashion shows.
Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
Bathsheba inspires me. When I first started, and I saw Bathsheba’s work, I said, ‘Well I can’t do that, that is too hard!’
WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS SHOP:
- Great assortment of products; jewelry, sculptures, accessories, etc
- Great photography of everything!
- Nice experimentation with different materials
- Sections for easy shopping
- Full profile and descriptions on product pages