Designer Spotlight: Rose Thun

This week, we highlight designer Rose Thun, a tech girl after our own hearts, her shop is full of “infinite love” designs, as well as some great geometric but useful products we can’t help but love.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a materials scientist, MBA, IT consultant, maker, sculpture garden junkie who lives in Maryland and has become a complete 3D printing fanatic.

What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
Each design has its own story. My first print at Shapeways was my infinite love heart. I which is a heart from the front and an infinity sign from the top. It was inspired by a great performance of shadow puppetry and acting by Rorschach Theater called After The Flood. Based on the Ramayana myth, it’s a story about ideal love and a king and queen who are separated and on an epic quest to reunite. I wanted to show both the love and the infinite eternal continuous path of it.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
You were one of the only services available when I started. I am grateful to you for making 3D printing so accessible, allowing me to evangelize 3D printing while you handle the details.

How did you learn how to design in 3D?
In the dark ages, I worked in the aerospace industry and used CATIA. Now I learn a few new tools per month because there are always new worthwhile features. I loved and recommend Kacie Hultgren’s course on Udemy this year.

How do you promote your work?
Social media, my recent advent calendar give aways, giving 3d printed objects to everyone, and just recently began exhibiting at wedding shows.

Who are your favorite designers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?
All of Shapeways is an inspiration! Bathsheba was the first artist I’d ever seen before Shapeways existed and she used the same industrial service providers; her work is so elegant.  Theo Jensen’s mission is breathtaking. Nervous System’s finesse and permutations are gorgeous and delightful to see unfold. Todd Blatt for his work on and offline. The Shapeways team themselves are interesting and inspiring too. (Blushing!)

If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?

Sculptural lawn chairs and a playground sized infinite love sculpture.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Scotch tape, as a kid, because it tasted like tonic water and I liked it. I am sure this explains something I shouldn’t reveal.

Thanks for the wonderful interview, Rose! Check out all of her work here, and show the social love: Design Rosetta website, Facebook, and Twitter. If you’d like to be featured, feel free to email

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  1. Ellen

    I love Rose’s creations in Design Rosetta. I have some of her jewelry – people are amazed when I tell them it’s 3D-printed!

  2. Kelly Lance

    I also have some of Rose’s beautiful jewelry and one of her small sculptures. She is an inspiration to us all and a truly talented artist!!! LOVE her work!!!

  3. Tom

    Rose, you gave a link to Udemy. It does not go to a specific course, and when I search for Kacie Hultgren on Udemy it finds nothing.

    Can you please give a working link, as I am very interested in possibly taking that course.


    1. Aimee Moyer

      Hi Tom:

      Rose actually did not provide the link, that was us! But you are right, it seems to go to a not very helpful link. Katie Hultgren is a shop owner on Shapeways as well! Her shop link is: Perhaps contacting her directly about the class may be best.

      Let us know if we can be of any more help!

  4. Maija

    Talented AND humorous! Love your work. Wish I lived closer, I’d ask for tutorials. Maybe you would consider weekend classes in the summer??

    1. Rose Thun

      Maija, I’d be glad to talk to you more on this. Thanks for your interest.

  5. surendran krishnan

    I want to know more about gold , platinum jewellery 3d printing and it complete machines and it rate and it porducts finishing samples Thanking you surendran

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