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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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