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3D Printing Designers Interview: Helder Santos

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

I am a Designer since my early years, when I made my own Lego creations.
Later I have graduated in Industrial Design. In the future, I would love the opportunity to work on the 3D Printing Field. I can describe my work, has the result of my passion and will to explore this new technology.

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

My true inspiration comes from the real nature of the FDM 3D printing technology - its aesthetics, limitations, advantages. For example, when I start thinking about a new project, I think about staying within the 45 degree rule, and this limitation drives me to a certain form or a certain way to resolve the problem.

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

I use Mcneel Rhinoceros for several years, and I am used to work with NURBS. It allows me to export very easily *stl files and to analyze the models for open edges.

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

I have an Ultimaker 2 and I think the trick to produce a good print is to print slow, use a good filament and an optimized 3D model . I generally use two printing speeds. 60/45 mm/s for the all piece and 30/35 mm/s for the Outer Shell.

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

I am very happy with the end result of my last work - ARDUINO UNO PORTABLE LAB CASE. It took me some time and several prototypes before arriving to the final model, but all the process gave me a lot of pleasure and satisfaction.

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