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Posted 16 July 2011 - 04:21 AM
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands--Not long ago, I asked Scott Summit, a pioneer in using 3D printing in the design of custom prosthetics and an industrial design expert, who he would recommend I look into if I wanted to see the best in the world at using this young technology to make and sell consumer products. His answer, without hesitation? A small company run by Janne Kyttanen in the Dutch capital called Freedom of Creation.
In the late 1990s, Kyttanen had a vision. As a student in design school, he was turned off by traditional product manufacturing, storage, and distribution methods, and he thought there was a better way.
The vision was of a way to use a technology then barely known--3D printing, which was mainly being used to make medical and auto parts--and selling products that people could design themselves and sell them strictly over the Internet. Production would be fast, design would be key, and individual customization would be easy.
Posted 16 July 2011 - 01:02 PM
If I was young again, I'd go into industrial design. I'm proud that my husband and I were the ones that suggested the ID program at the University where we taught. It's now one of the most popular majors in the department we were in.
I guess I was just born too late and born too soon all at the same time.
Posted 19 July 2011 - 05:28 PM
In my work, I do more with equipment tooling. I frequently design parts in Solidworks or Unigraphics, and have them almost equally "printed" from a chunk of metal on a CNC.
You are absolutely right that cars are modeled like this. This is the software that is used. Unigraphics NX is awesome. You can build a car down to the nut and bolt and verify all the motion. Every part, all the tolerances, it's amazing software.
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