3D printing is a very broad concept that includes many different technologies, materials and even 3D design software. This also means there is a world of possibilities for creative artists willing to experiment like Koenraad Van Daele. As a longtime friend of i.materialise, this Belgian artist is a good example of a curious mind experimenting with diverse 3D printing materials and sizes. Welcome to the 3D-printed world of Koen Van Daele! Van Daele studied art and sculpture in Brussels and Carrara (Italy) where he explored clay modeling, molding and stone sculpture. In the late nineties, he bought his first computer with vector software and everything changed for him. Computers, graphic software, digital design and system development became his part-time job. Today he develops websites and online systems, does graphic design and has even co-founded a non-profit organization with a socio-artistic cause. Thanks to 3D design and 3D printing he has rediscovered his love of sculpture. When did you start using 3D printing for your art? I registered at Tinkercad in January 2012 and placed my first order at i.materialise in December 2012. Between 2005 and 2008, I worked a lot with Macromedia Flash animation software. I also made some flipbooks and discovered François Willème’s work in photosculpture. So I was looking for a way or a method to go from 2D vector drawings to 3D. Autodesk 123D was very helpful at the time! With those tools, I was able to scan objects and turn them into digital 3D files. I scanned a wooden mannequin and separated and enhanced all the parts in Meshmixer. From that moment onwards, I realised that I could work 100% in a digital environment and that digitally modeling the human figure went much faster than clay modeling. I realised that I could work 100% in a digital environment and that digitally modeling the human figure went much faster than clay modeling. Where do you get your inspiration from as a 3D printing artist? A lot of my work is inspired by what happens or which objects can be found in an artist’s studio. The digital studio only requires a computer, a table and a chair. I questioned myself what to do with objects that were significant in the past like chisels, hammers, an easel, a sculpture table, the model, a drawing, a mold, etc. A significant work about this is Still Life with Easel and Sculpture Table printed in polymer and finished with blue spray paint. But today’s inspiration can come from different corners. I can be challenged by an open call, by a theme presented by a colleague, by other artists like Walker Evans, by a technical process or by what’s happening on my screen. A picture in a newspaper inspired My Funny Valentine. Today’s inspiration can come from different corners. I can be challenged by an open call, by a theme presented by a colleague, by other artists, by a technical process or by what’s happening on my screen. How is your creative process? How do you get from the idea to a 3D print? My latest work is a ring with a group of eight figures. The theme is curiosity and I suppose it came to my mind while reading philosophy. I opened a file in Meshmixer with one figure (my silent partner), duplicated it and moved all the body parts so the two figures were standing face to face and holding their hands like binoculars. I duplicated the group four times and positioned them in a circle. The duplication was possible because it’s one of the key features in Meshmixer. The other one is the smoothing tool. The trouble with a ring is that it has to fit, so I designed and ordered several sizes (2 mm step) and colors in polyamide (SLS). You 3D print models with different sizes and purposes. Do you work differently depending on the pieces you are working on? My work has roots in figurative sculpture. For me, digital 3D design has no scale and on the screen there is no gravity. A standing figure with no support falls over but with a hole, it becomes a pendant. A large print of a bracelet can become a sculpture. It’s a playground! A lot of things can happen around a finger or an arm, even drama. Large prints cost more money and that also makes a difference. Digital 3D design has no scale and on the screen there is no gravity. A standing figure with no support falls over but with a hole, it becomes a pendant. A large print of a bracelet can become a sculpture. It’s a playground! You also use different materials for your creations. Does your creative process depend on the material you will use? Every material has specifications, design rules, finishes and pricing. I love ceramics because of the glazing and maybe because it’s close to clay, which I used a lot in the past for modeling. I have no favourite at this moment, but my favourite could be a sustainable weatherproof material that needs no further finish for the outdoors. I am sure the future will surprise us with new materials and finishes. Sometimes I choose alumide for 3D printing for the extra sparkle: it contains a Christmas atmosphere. A challenge could be to design a wearable that is part alumide and part polyamide. What are you working on at the moment? The ring with the eight figures encouraged me to design a matching bracelet. A bracelet has more surface area with more figures and a story. Apart from that, I would like to experiment with code to find out how it can act as a guide for an image or for an object. I recently bought myself an Arduino (an open-source electronics platform) starter’s kit to experiment with servo and programming code. Find out about this 3D printing artist on his website and social media platforms and get inspired by his diverse creations. If you want to follow in Van Daele’s
Ackuretta is a professional digital light processing (DLP) 3D printer manufacturer from Taiwan’s Neihu District in Taipei City. The forthcoming desktop Diplo model was first previewed at Formnext in Frankfurt and adds to the existing Ackuray Series of enterprise 3D printers. As the company’s flagship 3D printer, the Diplo 3D is powered by advanced projector […]
Spark Your Creativity And Up Your Design Game With This List Of Laser Cut Ideas
Whether you’re new to making and looking for a place to start or you’re a seasoned maker who wants to expand in new directions or get a fresh take on your current path, do we have some laser cutter projects inspiration for you.
There’s so much opportunity for making amazing laser cut products (and profiting from them,
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Simply BU is the brand behind Burçin Urçak, a Turkish interior architect based in Belgium with a remarkable talent for 3D printing. She has brought her designing talents to the 3D printing world with stunning jewelry and accessories. This designer merges her interest for new technologies and materials with 3D printing, up-cycling and 3D game design. Welcome to the world of Simply BU! When and why did you decide to become a designer? Since my childhood, I have always been very creative. But despite knowing that I love designing, I never thought about doing it professionally. After high school, trying to understand who I was and what I wanted to do in my life, I participated in a month of art classes at an art school thanks to a suggestion from my parents. The course included photography, interior design, painting and more. After that, I realized I couldn’t live without designing: it’s who I am and I decided to go for it. Where do you get your inspiration from? Generally, I am inspired by geometric forms. For example, I have many square and cubic designs. However, for my last designs, I got inspired by nature and Voronoi Patterns. Now I play with more curvy and organic forms. How would you sum up your style in a few words? The beauty of simplicity. What is your normal workflow for a new project? Contrary to most designers, I do not really sketch. When I am inspired, I directly have my version of the form in my mind and I draw it in a 3D program, make copies and start playing with different versions of the idea. I find it clearer to work with a 3D model than a drawing. After modeling, then comes the most important part for me: prototyping. I test the design by printing it with my own printer. For some designs, I remember doing at least ten prototypes in order to find the correct thickness, strength, comfort, fluent form and a better reaction from the customer. I find prototyping is an ongoing process. When I was designing in the beginning, I was more careless, but nowadays when I design, I have learned to pay more attention to the printability of the design for the material I want to use. I pay more attention to its technical details, thickness, unnecessary and heavy vertex information, etc. So my workflow still changes with experience, designing and testing more. What is your favorite 3D printing material to work with? My favorite material is polyamide. It’s affordable for the designer and the customers. I also really like the fact that it can be painted literally in any color. A polyamide print can be turned into a unique piece by playing with the tone of colors, like ombre dyeing techniques or painting in multiple colors. The number of options gives so much freedom to the designer. Which 3D modeling software do you use? I use Blender to model. It’s open-source, very easy to use and it has very artistic modifiers that save a lot of time for certain complex models. It helps me a lot as I make a lot of copies of one idea and I can still go back and change the model very easily without getting lost in thousands of vertexes. What is the main advantage of using 3D printing for your designs? With 3D printing it’s possible to manufacture very detailed, complex designs that may not be possible or would be very hard and time-consuming to be manufactured by other traditional methods or certain materials. It also offers different material choices. One design can be printed in many different materials. I love that it offers so much freedom! When and how did you get introduced to the world of 3D printing? I got introduced to the world of 3D printing in 2010 when I was still studying architecture in Belgium. I saw some examples of architectural models and the following years after that I saw more DIY 3D printers from makers and Fablabs. At the end of 2014, I got my own 3D printer and I got more and more involved with the technology since then. What is the biggest challenge you face in your jewelry business? My biggest challenge is to turn some extreme, possibly uncomfortable models into usable, comfortable pieces of jewelry. As I use a lot of square and cubic forms, some of my rings have sharp edges. Most people are already not used to square rings and uncomfortable forms make them question them even more. So my challenge is to find a way to soften sharp forms but still keep the identity of the piece. How is 3D printing improving your creative business? The most important thing is that 3D printing makes things very efficient. I should say I support the designers that make handmade, artisan products but that process requires the designer to be there from the first step to the last. You have to be fully present and dedicate yourself to a relatively long making process. With 3D printing, after designing and prototyping, you are ready to go. For me, 3D printing is a smart, creative way of doing business. With less working hours and effort, you create time and energy to do anything you want. Discover more about the Simply BU jewelry pieces on Burçin’s online shop and get inspired by her beautiful Facebook and Instagram feeds. Learn more about polyamide (SLS) and how laser sintering works to understand the possibilities of 3D printing with this material and technology. Once your designs are ready to 3D print, you can upload them to our online 3D printing platform.
When designer Zbyněk Krulich and jewelry maker Markéta Richterová met in 2012 during the blueberry season, their jewelry brand, Blueberries, was born. That very same year they were awarded the Czech Grand Design Award for the best jewelry of the year. Since then, this 3D-printed luxury jewelry brand based in Prague hasn’t stopped creating beautiful jewelry collections, which combine abstract geometry and natural patterns. In 2017, they launched their new collection, Infinity, and we wanted to know all about it, as well as the source of their inspiration and their passion for 3D printing. Warning: this interview can seriously inspire your 3D printing imagination! When and why did you decide to start Blueberries? Zbyněk has been working with 3D printing since 2003 for his architectural and design work and Markéta is a jewelry maker, well-known for her experiments with non-traditional materials and technologies in this field. It was only a matter of time that we would do something together with 3D printing. The very first design for a bracelet was made in 2006 but we had to wait until 2012 to print it. In 2010 we started working with i.materialise and it was the first time that we found a producer with great quality and affordable prices. Where do you get your inspiration from? Our whole lives, we have been investigating nature and life itself. It may sound cliché but this is how it really is. We are not scientists; we are designers, but we love to learn about nature from great minds like Stuart Kauffman, Nick Lane, Albert-Lászlo Barabási or Brian Greene. So here we are, surrounded by emerging patterns, forms and shapes: this is our perception of reality and we try to incorporate these ideas into our designs. We would sum it up as a combination of abstract geometry, art and natural patterns. It’s holistic and futuristic yet gentle and on a human scale. What is your normal workflow for a new jewelry project? First we come up with a background story and an idea that is the core of the conceptualization phase. With the concept in mind, we do the first designs with a 3D software program, and we do iterations for the prototyping phase. With the prototype printed we make more iterations for the final design to get the perfect final results. The whole process also includes hand-made work and finishing, creating images, photos and other materials. We are getting a better understanding of the 3D printing technologies and how to design for 3D printing, which is crucial because we are always working on the edge of what it is possible to make with 3D printing. We were lucky that the Infinity collection was almost ready on the first attempt. We would like thank Olga Naidonova, from the Engineers Support team in i.materialise, who is always helping us with the production of our pieces. For this collection, we consulted our first designs with her and the team before sending them to the 3D printers. What is your favorite material to work with? At the moment it’s silver because it’s a very versatile material. We can easily work with it in our jewelry workshop as well. Gold-plated brass has also been a favorite of ours for a long time because it’s affordable and it looks great. In the future, we would like to work with solid gold. Which 3D modeling software do you use? We use Houdini by SideFX for design. It has a node-based workflow where you are building everything in a procedural way. Instead of moving vertices we are creating small systems to manipulate data in 3D. For the final analysis and export we use Meshmixer. What is the main advantage of using 3D printing for your designs? 3D printing has several important advantages for us. First of all, 3D printing allows the biggest freedom of design. We are not designing the exact shape but we are generating it by a simple set of rules. This is easily done on a digital platform but very time-consuming with real material. With 3D printing, you can design complex shapes and inner structures that you can then easily print. On the other hand, 3D printing is by far the best way to produce pieces with complex designs like ours. It is almost impossible to do it by hand: it will take so much effort and time to do it that you will end up with one or two pieces of art which can’t be repeated. 3D printing is the best technology for repeated items and mass customization since you can print almost any form with many variations and sizes. Finally, 3D printing is great to keep development costs down. With the rapid prototyping offered by i.materialise we started Blueberries with a small initial investment, without having to spend on technology, machines, workshop or expensive molds. What inspired you for the designs of your new collection Infinity? The latest Infinity jewelry collection is based on the concepts of a never-ending process, repetition and non-definiteness. The jewelry in this collection reflects the shape of the Möbius band, fractals and tessellation, perfectly representing our notion of infinity. The collection is deliberately futuristic but at the same time classical or even old-fashioned, showing the way we cope with infinity, time, and a continuous process. All Blueberries’ collections are based on precise geometry that grows from irregular foundations, and this is most pronounced in the Infinity collection. At first sight, the individual pieces of our jewelry seem to have been composed of repeating patterns, but when examining them closer, one can find details that look different: similarly to the way it is in the Universe or in nature. After all, the universe and its vast scale have been a great inspiration for our collection, even though the Infinity jewelry looks gentle and on a human scale. The Infinity collection includes fine small-sized earrings for everyday use, as well as pieces designed for special occasions. It is available in different materials and finishes such
Insights From Etsy Seller Cottage On The Cliff On Being A Maker, Channeling Creativity & Growing A Small Business
Liz Ulbin is like many makers out there. In fact, if you’re a working mom and into jewelry, she may be just like you.
By day, Liz helps small businesses succeed through her work as an email developer for Waltham, Massachusetts-based Constant Contact. By nights and weekends, she works on her own small business success as a jewelry designer for her company Cottage On The Cliff.
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What has been the most important sound of your life? Which sentence do you want to remember forever? Maybe the heartbeat of your children or a beloved person saying “I love you”? With this idea in mind, 3D designer Lisa Kläver created Miaw, a Kickstarter project focused on designing unique jewelry pieces. Miaw means “Message in a Wave” and the idea behind it is to transform a sound or a voice into a unique gift that you can take everywhere with you: a key. To do that, Lisa Kläver joined her 3D design skills with the potential of Kickstarter and the 3D printing services of i.materialise. How does Miaw work? Send a four-second recording of a voice or sound The message is transformed into a sound wave and used to design a key Choose the material you prefer for your key: stainless steel, bronze, 14k gold plating, silver or 18k gold Choose the size of the ring: 46 mm, 65mm or 75mm Add up to 5 characters which can be embossed on the top of the key The designed key will be printed and delivered by i.materialise A special 3D-printed gift for your loved ones Lisa got introduced to 3D printing while studying product design in Amsterdam, where she learned that “every design should represent you as a person”. Nowadays, she works as a 3D designer and helps many customers to get their ideas onto the market, staying true to herself but without losing the original idea of the client at the same time. She has also created many personal gifts for the loved ones of her customers and she was intrigued by their motivation to create a personalized present. Inspired by the notion that every person is unique and every gift should be as well, she decided to create jewelry that represents a bond or situation in someone’s life. Lisa tells us more about the inspiration behind the project: “Everybody has this moment they wish to last forever, to be reminded of and carry with them every day. It can be the first cry or heartbeat of a baby. A special giggle or the way someone says ‘I love you’”. According to Kläver, sound waves in a key are the best way of using and transforming information to achieve a beautiful outcome. What is more, with the characters placed at the top of the key, the outcome is always special and relevant. The perfect partnership for a creative project Kläver is also not new to Kickstarter, as she has helped many customers start campaigns on the platform with new product ideas. When Kickstarter recently launched Commissions, she knew it was her moment to present a project. The idea behind Commissions is to involve the backers in the creative process of the creators and use their input for inspiration. Lisa chose 3D printing because it’s the best way to make one-offs and it enables her to create a project that can both use different metals and allow her to design the keys efficiently. The outcome is reliable and perfect for her design idea. “The setup of Local Makers, Kickstarter and a company like Materialise, offers great opportunities to scale up amazing ideas quickly. It’s exactly what we strive for: great ideas, amazing design, quick, efficient rapid prototyping and reliable production. It helps us a lot in our product development process to have a reliable partner we can go to and get high-quality prints in metals”, explains Lisa about this cooperation. A 3D designer at work For her creations, the German designer uses mostly 3D software program Rhinoceros because it suits her way of designing best. She also uses 2D design programs like Illustrator and InDesign as part of the creation process, although she is very clear in her approach to design and creative thinking: “Nothing beats pen and paper and a hands-on approach to test, research and get a real feel for form and function. So still, every day I get my hands dirty. I sketch, I paint, I sculpt, I 3D print, I laser cut and most of all: I question. I think that is the most important tool to design. My tool in every project is my questioning mind and the need to always be better.” 3D printing enables Lisa to test and very quickly realize all her ideas, as well as helping her to design better and faster. She uses 3D printing as a quick rapid prototyping tool as well as an actual production method. “I think 3D printers are my third creative, very precise arm!” Read more about the Miaw campaign and back it on the Kickstarter website. The Commissions on Kickstarter are only on until the 30th of November. Lisa Kläver is not the only designer creating extraordinary pieces with 3D printing. Read more profiles about 3D creators on our blog. Discover the possibilities of 3D printing with i.materialise for yourself by uploading your models to our online platform. Note: This project is a creative approach to 3D design and it has an artistic purpose. However, it is completely prohibited to 3D print functional keys on i.materialise.
If you are a designer, jeweler or creative mind starting your own company, you’ll probably have heard about 3D printing. You might even have thought about introducing it to your company or creative project but you still don’t know where to start or how it can actually improve your business. If that is the case, we have some good news for you: it’s easier than you think and well worth your while! To start with, you don’t even need to own a 3D printer or be an expert in 3D design to discover and enjoy the many advantages that this technology can offer for your business. 3D printing can be a game-changer for creative businesses and we have listed all the aspects in which it can benefit creative companies. Easier prototyping and product development Businesses focused on design and product development can greatly benefit from 3D printing during their prototyping process. Turning your design into a tangible object to see how it looks and feels is the best way to detect problems and decide if it needs improvement. As you can read in this interview, prototyping is very important in the first stages of product development and it’s the best way to improve your design ideas. 3D printing can be a cost-effective alternative to external prototyping services. What’s more, using a cutting-edge technology like 3D printing can help you achieve the highest precision for your models. Cost savings We can’t repeat this enough: to 3D print you don’t have to own the technology. You can easily upload your orders on our platform and get professional 3D prints delivered to your door. This process will save you from making big investments in technology. What is more, you can print short runs of a product without needing to set up a whole process for it, which can be a great way to economize. When you produce with 3D printing there is no surplus or scrap, which means less material waste and therefore less costs. You can follow our tips to make your 3D designs even more affordable to get the best price-quality ratio for your 3D print. 3D printing is also a good way to avoid dormant stock because you can print on demand, depending on your needs and orders, so you don’t end up with an excess amount of products to sell. Another advantage when printing with i.materialise is that you can upload your model and get an instant quote for your 3D-printed models, which is a great way to calculate costs beforehand. Another costly moment for creative businesses can be opening your own shop to sell your products. Did you know that with i.materialise you can open an online shop on our platform and sell your 3D-printed products from our website? It’s an easy way to put yourself on the map and make your designs more accessible to customers. Original business promotion 3D printing can be a creative way to advertise your company. Even when you don’t use 3D printing technology to make your products or their prototypes, you can use 3D design to make your business stand out from the crowd. If you sell your project as a creative solution, the best way to show how innovative and inspiring your brand can be is by being original with your advertising and branding. For example, you can think of original promotion items to distribute, print your very own signage and merchandise, personalize the packaging or even think of original business cards. You can also print cabinets, supports and other displays to adapt your product for your shop or markets. Saving time When you have a small creative business, you have to look after many things besides the creation of your products: marketing, accounting, logistics, etc. 3D printing won’t do your taxes for you, but it can help you save some time so you can use your extra hours to do what really matters. For example, 3D printing has a shorter lead time than other technologies. It’s much easier and faster to use a 3D printing bureau than to set up a production line to manufacture your designs. 3D design is also a very good way of speeding things up when you are working on your creations. As with many creative processes, 3D design can seem intricate at first, but there are some crucial points you should be aware of which can help you avoid mistakes in your designs. Once you have detected and mastered these concepts, your 3D files will be ready to print even faster: read more on this article about preparing files for 3D printing. In the event that your files contain errors or aren’t ready to print, we detect these errors before printing and let you know you need to correct the file so you don’t waste time and money. In this way, you can easily get high-quality and professional 3D prints while investing more time on your creative projects and growing your company. Watch how 3D printing is helping designer Elise Luttik save time. Creative freedom As you can see, 3D printing has many practical advantages but the foundation of an artistic business is the originality and quality of the designs. 3D printing can fuel creativity to a great extent and help entrepreneurs get even more creative with their projects. 3D design can be the key to differentiate your business from other companies. You can experiment with many different materials, finishes and colors to make your creations more appealing and original. You’ll be sure to learn quickly about the different 3D printing technologies and have fun playing around with so many possibilities! 3D design is also the best option to create complex designs, allowing you to go even further with your creations. Another great option that 3D printing offers is to easily customize your products to meet the needs and taste of different customers: go from the concept to the printed object in the blink of an eye. Even if you have never used 3D technologies
These Three New Swirl Acrylics Just Added To USA Catalog Will Make Your Heart Skip A Beat
We get asked all the time if we can add more interesting colors of acrylic to the collection. You spoke. We listened! And man, are you gonna L.O.V.E. what we foun…