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Designer Spotlight: Chip Van Gilder

by • February 29, 2016 • No Comments

This week we are highlighting Chip Van Gilder, a version railroader who went of 3D drafting to 3D versioning; his love of innovation brought him to 3D printing!

Tell us a little bit of yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?

I’m located in Tacoma, WA. I’m a version railroader of way back, who quite
loves innovation.

Chip Van Gilder +Designer spotlight

What’s the story behind your creations? What inspires you?

I was added
to 3D drafting a few years ago and tried creating flat prints of these to manufacture different types of
versions. I heard of the 3D printing system
and started researching the different types of
machines and their capacities.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?

During my researching, I came across Shapeways. They had the finest details on the market, both commercially and computer desktop. So, why appear any additional. They yet do! With my versions I’m appearing to turn it into a lot of details, which
I can with Shapeways.

How did you learn how to create in 3D?

Studied on my own. I have an thought what I want to do, I work to turn it into what require

How do you promote your work?

Mostly word of mouth. I’m at a National convention right now. I’ll soon open a web site, too. I’ve done which
preceding for other items.

Who are your favourite createers or artists? Who in the Shapeways community has served as an inspiration to you?

3rdboxcar was one of the initially createers I found on Shapeways and inspired me to move forward.

If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what may you want to manufacture via 3D printing?

Right now the just limitations I have with 3D printing is maximum size. Sometimes my versions are too long to fit the create box.


  • Fun photos of painted and unpainted versions
  • Great banner and logo branding
  • Sections for effortless shopping
  • Range of items, of miniatures to jewelry

Thanks, Chip! Can’t wait to see the shop grow. Chip is in addition
participating in the National Model Railroad Association Convention this week in Portland, OR until August 30–stop by and say hello if you are
in the area. Make certain
to check out his shop in the meantime, and email aimee @ shapeways.com to be featured.

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