Open Huis – 3D printed bottle opener

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Open Huis is a range of bottle openers, inspired by the façades ‘gevels’ of Dutch houses. There are four styles to choose from, one depicting an iconic, minimal house and the other three representing traditional Dutch façades.

This was the last design project I worked on with Michiel, one that I really enjoyed as it involved creating a collection of similar designs with varying features, whilst also designing with precise measurements for functionality in an original way. As with other projects, I was also tasked with the photography and packaging of the products and I was very pleased with the finished collection, and the public’s overall response. These are also for sale at Shapeways.

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Detour – 3D printed jewellery for ‘Tour de France’ 2015

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When Dutch designer Michiel Cornelissen learned that the Tour de France was making his home town of Utrecht the starting point for the race, he set out to create ‘Detour’, a collection of jewellery to honour the event.

“It is, anyway, hard to not love bicycles when you’re from Holland – so when the Tour de France passes through town, that’s all the reason you need to create an homage to them”, says Michiel Cornelissen.

Detour was one of the last design projects I assisted Michiel with, contributing with the collections name, producing the press photos and designing the cufflinks by myself! This was a great project to apply my jewellery design skills too and to also design something with an event in mind – The Tour de france 2015. The final collection consisted of cufflinks and a handlebar pendant in three finishes: polished brass, steel and bronze steel. Also available on Shapeways.

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A touch of 3d printing to Ikea

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One of the things I really enjoy about my job, is working in a environment that promotes creative designing and provides the resources so that we can solve problems with new and dynamic solutions.

Now this may sound like an exaggeration for what is to follow. But personally for me, I really get a kick out of being able to think up / work on a digital design and print it myself. Never resorting to going to the shops or any tradesman to help make my vision a reality.

An example of what I am referring to is the new jewellery display in the MCHL shop.

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What we have here is the lovely and minimal SANNOLIKT curtain rail shelving by Ikea. We originally got this because with our ever increasing jewellery deigns, we felt they deserved a better display than what they currently had.

However, once it was installed, we felt there was something missing. The necklaces were having to be tied (looped over) the wooden rail and it did not make the display look very neat, but we were also wary about it’s affect on the customers.

This is where the fun started….

I was given the task of designing a hook, that would be 3d-printed in the studio to hang the necklaces from. It had to fit the diameter of the rail, without being too loose but with still enough movement to slide it length ways. It should also have enough space to fit the necklace (or chain) easily onto the hook, but without making it easy for shoplifters.

This was the result….

P1060425 Overall, this little project was tremendously satisfying for me. I was able to create the file and print the final part relatively quickly and the end result was really great. The colour and shape of the design fitted in really well with the Ikea product, so much so that we even tweeted it to @ikeanederland

For me, this is one of the reasons I became interested in CAD/CAM and 3D printing: being able to think of and create new and innovative design solutions.

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3D printed ring commission

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Alongside my current work as a design intern, I have also been keeping busy with my own little projects, including a few commissions. My most recent one was for a good friend I met in Utrecht, who wanted me to design a ring for a close friend of hers.
The brief was straightforward, she wanted a black, 3D printed bat ring. Perhaps something with a bit more dimension and she also suggested a heart in the centre.

This is was I came up with.

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For the first design, I knew I would be working in laser sintered nylon, so I was very wary of the unsupported lengths. I also wanted to design a ring that was still wearable, without the band of the ring compromising the overall look. By using the heart as a centre piece and creating ‘facets’ I was able to draw along those lines to create the band and wings.

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However, with this first design, I felt it was a bit to busy. The extra supports would make the ring stronger, but with the skeletal frame I was working to, it would still be relatively fragile. Therefore, I decided to strip the design back and use the nylon as a prototype for a steel version.

I am very pleased with the end result and I am also glad that I choose to strip back the design to its original structure. I feel the use of ‘white space’ really makes the design stand out and makes the overall appearance more balanced.

And most importantly, the client and her friend, were both very happy with the end result!

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An intern in Utrecht.

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Two weeks have past since I started my internship for Michiel Cornelissen and I am amazed at how fast it has gone by. As part of the internship, I have had the privilege of being involved in all aspects of the business: from working in the shop, arranging displays and stock to producing signage and most recently, I was responsible for taking and editing press photos of the shop and a few designs which, are being used to publicise the shop’s official opening in the next few months!

These photos can be found on the MCHL flickr page.
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And with the impending official opening of the MCHL, the press are already beginning to take notice and promote the event.
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Aside from the commercial business side of the internship, I also have been set several 3D printing projects which I am currently working on. The first was to produce a ‘3DPRINTING!’ sign for the shop window, to not only demonstrate the capabilities of 3D printing, but also to inform ‘window shoppers’ of the shop’s content and allow me to familiarise myself with using the studio’s 3D printers and CAD software.

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Needless to say, learning new software and operating a Makerbot/Ultimaker 3D printer were relatively new projects for me, and I anticipated that it would be a big learning curve for me. In retrospect, it was, but I revelled in the opportunity to roll up my sleeves and use the printers independently, learning from my mistakes and working as part of a team on new design ideas.Towards the end of my second week, I had successfully designed and printed the ‘3DPRINTING!’ sign and my first FDM print is now in the shop window!

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To review the internship so far, (as I sit in the shop watching customers watch the Ultimaker printing from outside), I can see how much I have developed in a short space of time, but also how much more I have to learn. This is not a daunting prospect for me, as these are exciting times for the business and I look forward to becoming an integral part of the MCHL brand and assisting in its development.

3Doodler Review

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During my internship with Dutch Designer Michiel Cornelissen, I had the opportunity to experiment with and review the 3Doodler – 3D printing pen.

I first heard about this product during the Kickstarter project for the new and smaller Lix – 3D printing pen. Initially, the idea of a 3D printing pen sounded like a fantastic product idea and I felt it would fit well into the 3D printing market which, is booming at the moment. With proper product design execution and technical consideration to the extrusion process, it could potentially allow users to produce three-dimensional sketches, supplementing the design process.
However, I have to admit, I also had initial reservations, believing that 3D printing or applying the FDM process to a pen, may lose the key element of what makes 3D printing so successful: its ability to print three-dimensional objects with a high level of precision. By removing the computer, printer, CAD files and modelling software, and introducing human error, the process becomes inconsistent and inaccurate.

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Unfortunately, my suspicions were confirmed when I began to use the 3Doodler. The product itself  was simple enough to use, with a fast and slow extrusion, a setting for PLA and ABS, a reverse option and heating light. However,  the pen was large and cumbersome and I found it very hard to construct anything three-dimensional.
My biggest issue was with the extrusion cut off point: to stop extrusion, one would simply let go of the button, but, the plastic would still slightly extrude and drag, meaning I had to guess the length of time for each extrusion and clean up the plastic afterwards, not ideal. The only positive I found with this product was that you could draw onto paper without it sticking and when enough pressure was applied (and the extrusion did not curl up on itself), you could draw reasonable flat designs or text.

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So overall, I am pleased that I did not personally invest my money into this product. I still believe this could be an exciting product for the 3D printing market, even if it is limited, but this particular product was disappointing. I hope that the slimmer, LIX pen, will have resolved some the issues mentioned in this post.

Michiel Cornelissen Internship

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In April 2014, I finished my contract as a technician at Loughborough University and began looking for work. During these 4 months, I began to assess the direction of my career, leading me to consider working abroad again, similar to my Erasmus year in the Czech Republic.
I decided to get in touch with Michiel Cornelissen, a Dutch designer based in Utrecht who produces products for clients whilst also running his own design studio and shop: stocked with his own design ideas, the majority of which are 3D printed. With a background in design engineering from Delft University of Technology, numerous publications in magazines and blogs such as Gizmodo, Wired, Designboom, Core77 and NotCot and the winner of the IF and Red Dot awards, the opportunity to work with him would not only be invaluable but also very relevant work experience.

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After several emails, a skype call and two weeks, I was invited to come out to Utrecht and work for him for 4 months as an intern. Whilst working for Michiel, I will have the opportunity to develop my design skills, contribute design ideas and assist in the running of the business.

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