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3D Printing Designers Interview: BS3

1. Toshiyuki, can you say a few words about yourself and your work?

I am a Japanese retired mechatronics researcher and manager of a certain company.
3D modeling is one of my hobbies.

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2. Where do you get your inspiration to create these fabulous designs?

My first 3D printing theme was moving toys and automata. However, I realized that it is impossible to create a single model data suitable for various 3D printers, filaments, printer settings and so on. I decided to suspend these modeling, after publishing some walkers.
I have published some kinds of the traditional Japanese puzzles. In addition, "haniwa" (terracotta figure made of clay), "kabuto" (helmet for Samurai warrior) and "maneki neko" (beckoning cat) were modeled as Japanese culture.
Animals, especially dinosaurs are my favorite models. I have gotten lots of inspirations from the skeleton images of the dinosaurs. A movie "Jurassic World" was also a trigger for modeling.
When I found the use of flashlight of mobile phone, I came up with a lot of modeling ideas in an instant. 3D modeling "on the dome" and "candle light" were inspired by TV drama "Under the Dome" and "The Walking Dead" respectively.
Similarly, push pin available in the world makes me create many works.

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3. Which CAD software(s) do you use to make your designs?

My design tools for 3D printing is Shade 3D, Japanese 3D modeling, rendering, animation and 3D printing software.
Almost all of my creations have been created by using curved surface modeling based on bezier curves of Shade 3D, and converted to polygon for 3D printing.
http://shade3d.jp/en/products/shade3d/shade3d_new_users.html

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4. What 3D printer have you got and what are your regular printing settings?

My 3D printer is Afinia H480.
Layer thick setting is 0.15mm. Fill setting will vary depending on the model.

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5. Finally, among all your great work, what is your favorite creation?

A series of "maneki-neko" (a Japanese figure of a beckoning cat) is loved by many people all over the world.
At this time, full color 3D printed maneki-neko is my favorite creation.

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