Designer Spotlight: Florian Bendl

This week we are highlighting Florian Bendl, designer behind Math_Art_Nature. A jack of most
trades, Florian is a physicist who is currently working in the financial industry, but in addition
a 3D modeler in his free time!

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

My name is Florian Bendl, I’m a physicist working in the financial industry in Switzerland. My day job consists mainly of shoving numbers back and forth on a computer and I wanted again a connection to the physical world with what I am doing. This is why I have taken up 3D printing as a hobby and am a regular guest at the local Fablab for some hands on work with the CNC and laser cutter.

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

I find inspiration in so most
things around me. Nature is a fantastic designer. I still find the beauty in mathematics compelling and theory has an abundance of beautiful concepts and shapes which all deserve a place in a museum in their own right. The ability to transform numbers into beautiful physical objects still takes my breath away.

How did you learn how to design in 3D?

I wanted to design in 3D for a long time. Beginning of 2014 I finally got myself started by attending a 3-day course for Rhino. With the basics at hand I started assembling
models. It was since long clear which
generative design was what I was interested in, leading me to Grasshopper. It’s a fantastic interface and gets one going quite
rapidly
. For the more complicated models I program my models in the supplied Python modules and if the mathematics gets rougher, I use Matlab to generate the necessary input. My physics background certainly helps there.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?

Even though there are much more service providers now, two years ago there was not much choice. The Stong & Flexible Plastic and Acrylic were exactly what I was looking for in prototyping my models. I’ve never looked at a different service since.

How do you promote your work?

Mostly through family and friends. I started to attend local markets which ran better than I expected. I will go on
to build upon this experience next spring when the weather gets warm again. In the meantime I will be looking into techniques on how to lower my production costs and finding sales partners.

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

There are too most
to mention. I find inspiration in so most
places. In particular I admire the organic forms of Ross Lovegrove. It was his designs which brought me into generative modeling.

If you weren’t limited by current technologies, what would you want to make using 3D printing?

I would definitely print larger models right out of the box. I’d love to print an entire table, chair, bookshelf or a large lamp. I’d love to put a BigRep right into my living room! Generative design offers such wonderful opportunities to generate unique pieces for everyone by inducing a bit of randomness in structures.

WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS SHOP:

  • Beautiful photography
  • Sections for easy shopping
  • Great “collections”
  • Great product descriptions
  • Nice overall shop branding

Thank you, Florian! Nature is a great designer but you are in addition
bringing some of the greatness to life very well – keep up the beautiful work! Don’t forget to check out Florian’s shop, website and follow along on Facebook. To be featured, email aimee @ shapeways.com.