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ProtoSpace 5 years

 

Last weekend ProtoSpace (the FabLab of Utrecht) existed 5 years, which meant time to celebrate! Besides the fact that Ultimaker and many Ultimaker users were present, I was also invited to present my graduation project at this event. During the event I showcased my prototype and told people about the project, which led to enthusiastic reactions. Overall, it was a fun day with a lot of 3D printing and interactive projects!

May 30, 2013

Ultimade experiments

 

A while ago I started doing some 3D printing experiments with a friend. What else can be done with a 3D printer than the 'usual' creation of an object layer by layer?

 

Starting from the idea of creating a light ornament, we took some balloons, placed a big nozzle on the printer and started to extrude some plastic! The balloon was held under the printhead, through which plastic falls down on it and becomes hard. By rotating the balloon in all directions a long string of plastic is guided around it and a nice structure arises. When finished, the balloon was punctured, through which the plastic structure remained. In this way we were able to create some unique ornaments. And imagine how cool it would be to place some inside and see the shades of it on your wall!

May 1, 2013

Graduated!

 

It has been a while since I updated my website, because I was very busy with my graduation project the last couple of months. But, now I'm happy to tell that I finished the project and recently graduated from my Master Industrial Design!

 

My graduation project started about a year ago and originated from the developments in the area of 3D printing for the consumer market. I researched how movement-based interaction can lead to experiential footprints within a home-use 3D printer installation. On the right a short movie of this interactive, experiential installation is shown. For more information about the project you can click here.

March 14, 2013

TEDxYouth Brabantlaan

 

On Sunday the 18th of November the first TEDxYouth Brabantlaan event took place in Den Bosch. The event offered a platform where youth between 12 and 18 years old could share their ideas about the future. Together with my Ulti-colleague Dennis I gave an Ultimaker workshop at this event. In the workshop participants could print their own letter (e.g. of their first name) in 3D and were introduced to 3D modelling with the program Meshmixer. The workshop sessions led to a lot of enthusiastic reactions and is something that is definitely worth repeating.

November 24, 2012

3D Printing Event

 

Last Tuesday was the 3D Printing Event, as part of the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. Ultimaking was one of companies that was present at this event - which existed of an exhibition and seminar. Erik de Bruijn, one of the co-founders of Ultimaking, gave a lecture at the seminar where he talked about democratizing production. Furthermore I was present at the exhibition hall together with my Ulti-colleagues and was able to follow a couple of interesting lectures. Besides having a stand at this exhibition, we also had a wall of Ultimakers standing in another part of the exhibition hall. Thanks to some of our clients who lent their Ultimaker for this event we had over 20 Ultimakers standing at the exhibition, which looked quite impressive! To get a better impression of this, watch the movie on the right.

October 29, 2012

3D scanning

 

During summer holidays I worked on many different things at Ultimaking; one of them was 3D scanning. In a couple of weeks I have explored the possibilities of 3D scanning with a Kinect and photos. Although there are a lot of free or open source programs that can be used for 3D scanning, the quality is still limited to bigger objects. When you want to scan objects smaller than about 15 cm it will become hard to get a decent scan; the software will have problems with stitching images to each other because of the lack of details. Therefore one would need better software or a better scanner. Nonetheless, using the Kinect for 3D scanning turned out to work well for scanning people. Especially the program ReconstructMe works well to get a 360 scan of a person. Furthermore there is KinectToStl, with which you can make a scan in just a few seconds. Although it only scans from one side and is not very detailed, the scan is directly printable. The print on the right shows the result of a scan of myself with this program.

October 5, 2012

Ultimaker robots

 

A couple of weeks ago we started with the 'UltiFactory' at Ultimaking, where we are constantly printing Ultimaker robots that we can use as samples at fairs for example. Since we didn't want to be busy the whole day with starting the printers over again once a robot had finished, we changed the Gcode in such a way that we didn't have to do that. When a print of a robot is finished, the extruder head moves a bit backwards and downwards and then pushes the robot from the print bed with the fanduct, which then falls via the UltiController onto the bottom of the Ultimaker. Printing all these robots inspired me to take it a step further. Just for fun I decided to print a robot in each colour I have or is available at Ultimaking. This led to a collection of about 25 different Ultimaker robots.

August 25, 2012

Artis

 

A couple of weeks ago I went to Artis in Amsterdam with a couple of friends. During this day I made a lot of photos of animals to explore the possiblities of my new Sigma 50-150 F2.8 lens. You can find a selection of these photos by going to the photography section of my website or directly by clicking here.

July 28, 2012

Mooi Helder

 

Last Saturday Lucid - the study association of my study Industrial Design - organized the Mooi Helder Festival. This event was organized in order to create more awareness about the study Industrial Design in Eindhoven. As part of this festival I gave a 3D printing demonstration with my Ultimaker. The audience existed of both technical and non-technical people, which led to various reactions. Some people were mainly curious to the way 3D printing works, while others were clearly surpised by the quality that can be reached by the Ultimaker.

July 5, 2012

Prototyping Event

 

Last Wednesyday I was on a fair with Ultimaking in Kortrijk (Belgium). This fair, the Prototyping Event, was part of the 'Week van het ontwerpen' in Kortrijk.

 

The Prototyping Event showed a mixture of state of the art, home applications, real cases concerning prototyping during a design process, rapid prototying, additive layer manufacturing, 3D printing and virtual tools. Besides companies that exhibited their work also several lectures were given during the day, of which one of them was given by Siert Wijnia from Ultimaking.

 

It was a nice day, which led to some interesting opportunities for collaborations with others and possible new clients.

July 1, 2012

A blog!

 

Next to the design projects and photos that you can find on my website I also do a lot of other small projects and activities. These vary from my work at Ultimaking and experimenting with my own Ultimaker to visiting fairs and other small projects. Therefore I decided to start a blog on which you can see the other things that keep me busy.

July 1, 2012