Today we’re highlighting Gavin Bain of Celtic3d, a designer who creates gorgeous keychains inspired by the deep traditional heritage of Scotland. Most of Gavin’s designs are customizable, reflecting his (and our!) belief that personalization is a key component to the success of his Shapeways shop.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m Based in Aberdeen, Scotland. I am a seasoned IT professional with an interest in 3D printing and Scottish design and heritage.
What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
I believe 3D printing is all about customization and small production runs. That is the advantage 3D printing has over traditional manufacturing, and the only reason I can see that customers would be willing to pay a slightly higher price than they do for mass manufactured goods and be willing to wait a couple of weeks for delivery for made-to order designs. So in exploring what can be done with 3D printing, it is not only about coming up with interesting designs, but figuring out how these can be customized and made personal for customers.
What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
The main attraction for my joining and using Shapeways for 3D printing is the ability to offer customization, backed up by the ever increasing range of materials. I try wherever possible to include a customization option for the products in my shop.
If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?
As I said earlier, I believe customization is the future for consumer 3D printing. I’d love for there to be expanded options in CustomMaker, whether the ability to add text along a curved path, multiple customization options, or the ability to combine and morph shapes. Anything and everything that allows customers to make unique items that are personal and meaningful to them. Ultimately, the designer’s job should be to create a base design and make configuration options available, allowing the customer to personalize their order however they’d like.