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3 Makers Putting a 3rd Dimension on Design

3D printing holds the promise of forever disrupting how we create and manufacture everything (organs, sugar, dad’s putter.) For the first time ever, anyone can potentially turn bits into atoms and ideas into physical products. Fact is, we’ve yet to completely tap into the creative potential of the technology. But it’s already a part of the future – the global 3D printing market is estimated to reach $8.6 billion by 2020 – and a handful of innovative designers are embracing CAD and 3D printing as a means to create shorter lead times, produce smaller quantities, and personalize products. Proof of the potential? Meet three #STYLETECH makers using 3 printing to impact product design. 

Continuum Fashion: With her collection of 3D printed footwear, designer Mary Huang realizes a creative vision that eliminated human labor from the production process. A bold step for the future of footwear, faceted heels are designed and manufactured using a desktop 3D printer to look like the object materialized from the computer screen.

3Doodler: A literal expression of the growing accessibility of 3D printing technology, this pen enables anyone – from professional makers to tiny tinkerers – to draw in 3D. Using ABS plastic (the same material used in 3D printers) it draws objects in the air or on surfaces without software. Just think: those scribbles could be sculptures.

Nooka: As part of its commitment to pushing the boundaries of design, Nooka utilizes 3D printing as a method for sustainable, on-demand manufacturing that can deliver new levels of personalization – from interchangeable watch straps to colorful belts.