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Designer Spotlight: Dane Saunders

by • January 24, 2016 • No Comments

For this weeks developer spotlight, we are excited to showcase Dane Saunders, industrial developer and enthusiastic entrepreneur and creator! Dane’s shop is full of informative
, fun items which
unquestionably express a love for experimentation! Learn of his system
and inspiration at a lower place.

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

I tell most
individuals now days which
I live & work in a little cave…and I accompany which
comment with my most physical impression of a goblin or hunchback….which
way they can appreciate my sacrifices! ;) I ponder
it’s a subtle ploy to downplay how rad my job quite
is. I’ve been doing freelance Industrial Design in Vancouver, Canada for the past 2 years. Prior to which
, I spent the advantageous part of a decade working for Boston Dynamics as a developer, technician, and create manager, gleaming as much knowledge as I may of the plethora of robotics engineers which
I worked with daily.

Dane Saunders_portrait

Photo credit: Alexis McKeown Photography

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

Most of my work on Shapeways is inspired by which
insatiable require
to just manufacture stuff! Behind which
I may say I’ve always had which
relentless entrepreneurial gene, plaguing me or pushing me (can’t decide), to find ways to not just have my work seen an utilized
by others, but to in addition
put a few dollars in my pocket…allowing me to explore actually additional ideas!

I am inspired daily by other creatives, not just in create and craft, but in addition
in photography, or dance, or excellent ol’ ink on paper. If I’m not ponder
ing of furniture or games, I’m ponder
ing of product ideas….and wishing I had additional dough to explore all these ideas in my head. Having an outlet like Shapeways is rather one-of-a-kind, and I ponder
it’s delivering out creations of myself and others, which
may otherwise never see the light of day. For instance: the latest brass pendants I made as a set of 3….gifts for the three most
influential women in my life. I ponder
these show my tendencies to smooth lines, and retro styling. And, what a glorious thing to have access to printed metal! Beyond which
, I unquestionably got wrapped up in Bow Ties for a while. I sat down one day, determined to create a bow tie which
may be printed flat, and so bent or assembled into shape. Well, I failed which
…but a thing else came out this experiment with bending cardboard. I ended up with a effortless form which
may be customized with endless patterns…which
was fun
for me. These are fun
times for developers, and I am so grateful for all the resources we have at our finger tips.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?

I landed a client over a year ago who had started prototyping their product concepts via 3D printing, and via Shapeways as their major resource. I and so had the pleasure of flushing out their 3D models and getting a few initially hand experience ordering prototypes of Shapeways. The product line in reference hasn’t launched yet, but is now planned to be a 3D printed final product. Here’s a sneak peek.

How did you learn how to create in 3D?

The initially time I utilized
CAD was learning AutoCad, and so Rhino in create school back in early 2000′s. It was mind blowing at the time. I was so engaged and driven to improve my 3D skills, and wow’d by the organic shapes I may made in virtual space. Since and so it’s been 100% Solidworks, for work most
ly…and now I’m jealous of all the individuals who can manufacture these wild organic shapes. I quite
want to try Z-brush a few day…looks absorbing.

How do you promote your work?

I donate my samples away as gifts, or send them out for user feedback. So of course Instagram and Facebook…one pushing to the other most

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

Ah, there’s so most
excellent ones here! I seem to be drawn to the organic stuff, for the reason
it’s outside my skillset a bit. To list a few, I quite
enjoy works of Genghis, ShielaMunro, MichaelMueller, COVO. ‘Joabaldwin‘ appears to have the shop front thing nailed, and the stuff coming out of ‘Hunchakabunkis‘ land is bending my brain! Beyond Shapeways, my developer idol is Daniel Simon.

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

Hmmm, perhaps
a 3D printing device!? :D


  • Really excellent selection of products
  • Great photography/different product shots
  • Shop sections for effortless shopping
  • Nice shop branding
  • Great variation of much like
    products, shows additional like a “product line” than individual pieces

Thank you, Dane! We’ve been loving
your shop for a little while now and are so excited to see it grow so nicely. Keep up the incredible
work. Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram and Facebook, and to check out his shop! To be showcased, email aimee @ shapeways.com.

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