Fish Charms

Hook a fish. The hook comes out of its mouth with a little wiggling. The tail also flaps around. I love using 3-D printing to make things that are mildly mechanical and would be a pain to make by any other method. I think this little guy is destined for a brighter colors and a smoother texture.





Barnacle Magnets

I have been working on a project to design some refrigerators magnets. I liked the idea of making my fridge look like it had been lost underwater for an extended period of time and then salvaged. The stripes are a byproduct of using ABS to print a very organic shape. I think they suit this project. The back side has a cylindrical cut out that fits a standard ceramic magnet.




Tonight’s the Night

Tonight is the night of the Trigger Design Show in NYC. I had a great time making my piece and it is exciting to be exhibiting with such a diverse group of talented people. I’m getting some photos taken of my piece in the space so hopefully I will have those to post soon.

Other than that work life has been crazy so I don’t have too many new designs to show you. I did get a couple of designs printed (and reprinted) lately so here is one because I can’t handle a post without a picture.

My longevity turtle printed in transparent detail plastic. This is my new favorite material for it.
My longevity turtle printed in transparent detail plastic. This is my new favorite material for it.



Trigger Design Show NYC

My design will on display at the Trigger Design Show NYC  during NYC x Design week.  The theme of the show is Gun Violence, and my entry is called “Guts”. I am excited to see everybody’s work and how the show turns out.


The apples are 3-D printed ceramics, and the guts are hand-painted silicone.



applesfront2My Artist Statement: Entry and exit wounds applied to inanimate objects to illustrate how a minor action can have drastic consequences. Guns elevate the shooter by offering distance, and thus removal, from their impact. Bullets cause gory messes with almost no physical exertion required from the user. Apples symbolize the targeted innocence of the victims.

Sea Turtle Puppet

Growing up I had a series of Wizard of Oz figurines that would move their arms and legs if you on pulled their strings. This is a version of that design where you use a downward pulling motion to cause the flippers to flap. The beauty of 3-D printing is that you can print the whole thing in one go with the chain already attached.  You could also easily replace the links with string if wanted to improve durability.






Ceramic Tile Design: Sea Sponge Inspired

I have been working on a ceramic tile design. I wanted to see if I could 3-D print a prototype in plastic and then make a plaster mold for production. I have learned it is pretty tricky to produce an interesting 3-dimensional image in such a shallow relief. I like this one, but I have to change the deep undercuts inside the sponges if I want to make a plaster mold that will ever come off. This design is a standard 6 x 6 inch tile size. I could just have the design printed in ceramics but the material cost alone would come in at about $200 per square foot (which is a little too crazy)…so I am still tinkering with it.