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3DEA Opening

The 3DEA 3D-printing pop-up store in Manhattan has launched and will be running until December 27th. With dozens of 3D-printers and computers loaded with 3D modeling software, the public can get exposure and hands-on experience with some amazing and fun tools of creation. I have several works on display in the gallery area, and I am teaching classes: Foundations of 3D Printing/ Modeling for 3D Printing on December 1st, 22nd and 23rd, and Intermediate 3D Printing later on December 22nd and 23rd.

At 3DEA, The "Doodle3D" app converts your sketch into an Ultimaker print.


After launching the store, the crew and guests relax at the after-party.

ThreeForm at World Maker Faire 2012

I just wrapped up an amazing weekend at World Maker Faire 2012. I had a booth for my ThreeForm apparel brand. Ten ThreeForm Hoop Troops promoted all around the event and helped out at the booth, and I gave a presentation on 3D scanning for wearable designs with the models wearing them live for the show! It was tons of fun and their were many awesome sights as is expected at Maker Faire. I’ll share more about this soon.

Pic From MFG4 Conference

At the MFG4 manufacturing conference a few weeks ago, there was (literally) tons of really interesting tools, tech and equipment on display. Most of the machines are marked with warnings showing stick figures operating the equipment incorrectly.

These devices clearly have a lot of room to grow in terms of user experience.

Back From Rapid 2012

I just returned from Rapid 2012 in Atlanta. I was closely involved in the Materialise fashion show, and also had some work in the gallery. It was a great experience, and the show was very well received considering the audience was mostly engineers! I will share more when I get a chance to edit some of the video together.

Enjoying the reception with Abby and the rest of the team after a successful show.

March 28th NYC Shapeways Meetup

I went to another Shapeways meetup in Manhattan on Wednesday. These have been growing rapidly in popularity, and the bars and venues that have been chosen as venues so far will not have the capacity if they grow any larger. There are always some great projects being shown, and I always take the opportunity to share and learn about new design and innovations in 3D printing. This months meetup was notable for two reasons. Mike Williams, a pillar of the Shapeways community, is joining the team in NY, so he was there to chat and show his designs. The bigger news is that Ana Hevesi, the community manager of Shapeways, is moving on to another community management role in NYC, so this is the last meetup she will be hosting with Shapeways. I have worked very closely with Ana for over a year, and she has done an exceptional job building momentum within the Shapeways community and being the public face of Shapeways at many gatherings. During the Skillshare classes I’ve taught in NY, she has been at my side to assist in the class and organize those and other events. She has shown incredible support for me and the other designers in the community.  I’m sure we’ll see her around, as she is very active in the NY tech scene, but Shapeways is not going to be the same without her!

Defining Design Management

Yesterday I gave a presentation on Design Management, along with the other members of the MPS program at SASD. Design Management is the next stage of development of the field of design. Historically, in many cases designers were relegated to the role of stylists, tacking on their contribution at the end of a project to increase aesthetic appeal. As industry has matured and the work of creating modern, successful business was split into increasingly specialized roles, awareness has increased about the need for higher-level planning that is conscious of the effects of design. Stylists became project managers, then eventually defined whole lines of products. As the importance of branding and marketing was recognized mid-way through the last century, design was brought in to address the companies communication with its customers. Now, in the age of global companies and fast-paced technological development, the most successful ventures in products and services have their goals set by design-conscious leadership, and it is the role of the Design Manager to figure out how reach those goals with carefully organized and executed design. Beyond defining the actual experience for a companies customers, design management also creates solutions within the company that increase efficiency, sustainability, and profitability, while also being aware of the social impact created by their activities. I chose to sum up the effects of design management on a company with the phrase “evolution through empathy” to emphasize the way that an understanding of people’s wants and needs influences the development of an organization.

The presentation was very successful, and in this new field my colleagues and I are not only learning how to apply Design Management, but also contributing to the meaning and value it brings to business.

Evening In The Park

Evening falls in Zuccotti park on Sunday, October 16th, 7:00pm.

Somewhere In Connecticut…A Collection

At a recent Ground Under Radio event in Connecticut, the venue was an old farm property. The actual house is unoccupied. Far from the roads there are many old buildings. The main structure is converted from a chicken coop and expanded to about 2,000 square feet. Aside from containing a stage and two bars, the first floor is also a sort of museum of antiques, sorted into categories over the walls. A variety of vintage seating, tables, specialized appliances, equipment and other collected items populate the top floor.

Shapeways 3-year Anniversary Party

Me, Nancy, Dan, and Kyle

I attended the Shapeways 3-year anniversary in Manhattan on the 19th. I said hello to the team and met a few of the new people. Shapeways now has a VP of engineering as well as some new developers. The venue was originally on the roof of the Thompson LES hotel, but the weather didn’t play along. Still, there were plenty of interesting people, and the open bar and sushi didn’t hurt either. I had a great time and made some great contacts. Congrats to Shapeways on three years, and a big thanks for the invite.

Konica Minolta’s 3D Scanning Workshop

I recently attended a 3D scanning workshop in Manhattan held by Konica Minolta.  The company is known for making all kinds of cameras and imaging devices, so it is not surprising that they have a full line of 3D scanners of almost every sort.

I had spoken to the 3D scanning guys from Konica Minolta at the Rapid convention, so I knew generally the selection of scanners they offer, but it was definitely nice to see how  the software drives the scanner and what kind of accuracy and resolution you have to work with. They were offering sample scan, so I had myself scanned by the Vivid 9i, which captures color as well as shape. In function they are very much like the Next Engine scanner, but the difference is the speed and clarity. One mode scans in 0.3 seconds, though multiple scans need to be made to build a complete object.  At $40,000 they are not cheap, but the results looked very clean for the fast scan we made. Imaging skin with a red laser is normally very difficult, but they are able to adjust their sensor and laser power just right for the conditions. No powder or preparation was used for my face scan.