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Designer Spotlight: Haydn Bao

by • March 6, 2016 • No Comments

This week we are highlighting Haydn Bao, one of three behind the awe-inspiring drone shop, Fusion Imaging. A talented group of three hailing of Australia, Haydn is the product developer of the team. Haydn gives us a few insight into why 3D printing and drone accessories work so well together, as well as where their inspiration came of. With a shop full of excellent branding and drone accessories, we are quite excited to highlight Fusion Imaging.

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

I’m Haydn Bao, the developer one of a tiny team of drone enthusiasts based in Sydney Australia. We originally turn it intod components for ourselves, but soon many
others wanted us to purchase our creations. That’s how Fusion Imaging was born.

Designer Photo

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

The many significant principal behind all my creations is to turn it into products free of the bounds of traditional making. To utilise 3D printing to complete an advantage. It is of little benefit to create 3D printed items which
are may already
innovations completed or adopted in traditional making means. I believe the possibilities of 3D printed benefits over traditional is what inspires and drives my creations.

Take a drone component for example: With 3d printing comes the aptitude to create structures on the within of components (much like bone marrow) for structural integrity in strategic places while reducing mass
and maintaining smooth exterior surface for aerodynamic purposes. This philosophy allows for me to turn it into stronger and lighter components than what’s possible with traditional making, where mass
reduction can come in the form of milling slots on the outside.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?

I’m a hands on man with a mix of graphics/cad/engineering experience. Before our shop Fusion Imaging I have long used Shapeways services to solve many
of my own engineering challenges and manal projects.

How did you learn how to create in 3D?

Google. Ridiculous as it sounds, the internet is most likely
the closest thing to downloading “how to fly a chopper” as seen in the matrix.

How do you promote your work?

In many models I have placed a attractive winged imprint of our logo. Combined with typography, it not just serves aesthetic purposes, but in addition
allows for users to recognize, share and understand
where to get our work. This means our products are promoting themselves, usually in the form of Facebook activity, forum discussion and pleased users spreading our name through word of mouth.

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

I appear to Behance and other online create galleries for inspiration mainly. Architectural works, for example those by Zaha Hadid inspire me to a excellent deal in creating functional creations which
are in addition
attractive at the same time.

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

Transforming drone capable of low earth orbit!

Anything else you want to share?

The power of the internet is an incredible
thing which
a fewone in Australia can create a product, have it manufactured either in the Netherlands or the U.S. and have it sold and shipped to folks all around the world. We have sold to over 35 countries and new ones are being introduced equite week. The aptitude to market of the world via social media and have a facility like Shapeways has changed our lives. We may like to thank all our customers who have followed us, supported us, and spread the word.


  • GREAT photography; more detail and context shots
  • Branding on photography manufactures for effortless recognition of brand
  • Great sectioning of shop for effortless shopping
  • Experimenting with Beta Products

Thank you, Haydn! So informative
to hear of how 3D printing and drones work so nicely together! Keep up the incredible
work – such a attractive shop. Don’t forget to follow along on Fusion Imaging’s website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest. To be featured, email aimee @ shapeways.com!

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