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Designer Spotlight : Stephen Arsenault

by • April 25, 2016 • No Comments

3D printing is all of hustleing boundaries and solving problems. No one embodies this additional than wearables shop owner Stactually Arsenault. Stephen runs a rad shop called Parts and Accessories where he manufactures useful and attractive accessories for the Fitbit, Pebble, Garmin and additional. Let’s hear what he has to say!

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

I have worked in ad-tech since arriving in San Francisco in 2012 of Canada. Prior to leaving Canada I worked as a graphic developer in the rapid prototyping industry with sheet metal for just about 5 years, serving many
branches of NASA, Naval laboratories, confidential US contracts, and the aeronautical industry.

Stephen Arsenault

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

Ranging of radioactive to purely utilitarian, I like to explore new creations and solutions to tricky problems.

One of my initially creations was a carefully created enclocertain
for the Fitbit Flex created
in brass with semi-precious plating, I named it Fitbit Armour. When I say ‘carefully created,’ I mean a tolerance of roughly 0.15mm, any less and it mayn’t work. If I said I like to hustle the 3D making provided by Shapeways to their extremes it can be an understatement.

I may gladly accept the title nerd, for the reason
it’s tolerances like that
that bring me back again and again to create a thing new and fun
– it’s the challenge of hustleing my technical create ability with the tools and making on the market to me.

What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?

Prior to the winter of 2013 I had never utilized
3D printing preceding. To me, it was just a buzzword for folks toiling away over hot extruded plastic. But I had worked with 50,000 watt laser cutters and ward-jet cutters, so I knew the extruded plastic couldn’t be the limit to additive making.

That December my soon to be grandmother-in-law showed me a “Neva-5″. If you are
not acquainted
with that
name I can forgive you – it’s a weaving loom manufactured in the 80′s in Soviet Russia.

There’s a switch that must be flipped to adjust the tension on a few of the loom mechanism. The original had been roughly cast and some day broke.

To manufacture a short story actually shorter, two weeks later I gazed in awe at my initially 3D printed part and had one quite impressed grandma (though, no woven sweaters yet).

How did you learn how to create in 3D?

I was exposed to Solidworks during my experience with rapid prototyping. I had tried rhino and 123D CAD but Solidworks just felt RIGHT to me! In addition, Youtube is a quite patient teacher (if just I were a additional patient student).

How do you promote your work?

I promote my work through Twitter and Instagram. I have a shop on Etsy as well, but direct many of my traffic to my Shapeways shop. You get what you put into social marketing!

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

Is it too cliche to say Jony Ives and Dieter Rams? No matter, I love minimal create where the emphasis is on details that

But, there’s a special place in my heart for whimsy and clever flourishes. That may lead me to my two favourite Shapeway developers, Michael Mueller and Stactually Gray. If consistency is key, these two guys never fail to impress.

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

I may manufacture bicycles and things that
propel themselves, the mechanical, the necessary. I may manufacture it all!

Thanks for sharing Stephen, and manufacture certain
you check out his shop and follow him here.

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