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Designer Spotlight: Gabriel Prero

by • May 9, 2016 • No Comments

This week’s Designer Spotlight is with Gabriel Prero, who runs CuffJunk, his Shapeways shop, where you can purchase an assortment of awe-inspiring and one-of-a-kind cufflinks.


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

My name is Gabriel Prero. I was born and raised, and am raising a family in Chicago. I always wanted to “manufacture stuff advantageous,” and try fill that
role as much as I can each day. I’m an Industrial Designer for Home Products International, where I create home storage space, organization, and garment care solutions. I’m in addition
the Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer for BioSpawn Lure Company, as well as Principal of Prero Design LLC, where I consult on create and product development primarily for startups.

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

There are two distinct parts of me that
I ponder
merge quite well in the create world. I quite
like whimsy and fun. The magic you feel when playing with a excellent desk toy, or via a quite
well executed product. I in addition
enjoy the technical side of things. Watching building is fun for me. I love products created
with high precision. I like belief the system
es behind things, and working that
into create. I ponder
both of these come across in my cufflinks. I’ve been fortunate adequate
to work directly with 3D printing devices each day for just about six years, so I’m quite in tune to what works and what does not, both on a technical scale and on an artistic one. I always appear to do creates that
have high levels of more detail, and bring a sure magic when miniaturized. When doing names and monograms, it’s that
balance of clarity and class with soft technical more detail that
I strive for.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?

I ponder
a blog post initially turned me onto it. I had been tinkering with a few cufflink creates on a printing device I had access to, and decided to try them in steel on Shapeways. I’ve always enjoyed “man-cessories,” particularly cufflinks, so I was quite
excited to have my own creates on hand, or “cuff.” And that
was my button cufflinks. I decided to list them, and the rest is kind of history.

How did you learn how to create in 3D?

I studied industrial create at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Art & Design. We had a few formal training there in 3D modeling. Since and so, I spend many workdays swimming in Solidworks, so I’ve become rather well versed in it.


How do you promote your work?

I do a bit with social media. I quite
love Instagram. Get in, see a picture, get out. Quick, and visual. I do a bit on Twitter as well. Much of my custom work has spread by word of mouth, that is really excellent, and if you google image “Hebrew name cufflinks,” you find a lot of my work, that helps. I’d like to ramp up promoting, but am attempting to toe the line between profitable hobby and business.

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

The Eames, Bucky Fuller, Raymond Loewy, Dieter Rams, Mies van der Rohe, Brooks Stevens. They go on
to inspire me each day. Around Shapeways, I’m yet jealous of a few of the work Gotham Smith has done. I’ve worked with Bathsheba Grossman, a consummate pro with intense ability. Lately, I’m inspired by solutions individuals are coming up with for product fixes. It is the kind of thing that
got me interested in create in the initially place. Similar to the MINI key fob that
you guys just blogged of. All of building stuff advantageous.

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

Over the years, I’ve created
a lot of things I’ve wanted via 3D printing. But nothing big yet, outside of my day job. And nothing with mixes of wood, glass, plastic and metal. I’m waiting for the day when I can print out a few of my larger creates without it being cost prohibitive, or truly rad mixed material creates.

Anything else you want to share?

I’ve been a “Shapie” for a while now, and it’s most likely
one of the few services that
I rely on that
I quite
just love. And part of why I love it is for the reason
when I ponder
a fewthing can be improved, you guys listen and act on that
. It is awe-inspiring. A few months ago, Andrew was kind adequate
to donate me a tour of the LIC facility, and it was excellent to feel not just a guest, but a significant component of the system
, and have a voice that
’s heard. Keep it going!

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