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3D Printing Designers Interview: Macouno

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

I am at this moment a 40yr old Dutchman, Dad... & Maker. I have an art degree, but nowadays I am a bit more free in what I do. Where I used to focus on trying to be a professional artist and did everything else as a hobby. Right now I can spend as much time and effort on making a toy as on a piece that will get shown at an art fair. Though I really don't want to give up art... I feel free to make whatever I want.

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

Like a lot of technically minded people I read a lot of scifi... Peter F. Hamilton... or Cory Doctorow for instance (Makers is a great book). And simultaneously I also see a lot of things around me that need solving... just little things around the house that could be made 'better' or more 'fun'.

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

I have been working in (and teaching) Blender 3D for over 15 years. Though it really is made for 'artistic purposes' and not technical drawings like cad tools.. it can do pretty much everything I need. I even got to help the Blender foundation by creating a DVD (Blender for 3D Printing).

That said... I play a lot with python code. It is fun to write your own programs that can do special things to your 3D printing gcode files. Things like randomising the movement of the nozzle somewhat.

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

I own a Makerbot Replicator 1 and a Tiny Boy Fabrikator 1 (there's also a replicator 2 at our workshop). For settings... I like the defaults. I even reinstalled some very old firmware on my Makerbot after installing a new motherboard (again). When perfecting a print some people do their tweaking on the printer... I tend to do it at the design stage. SO... that's also why a lot of my designs are very easy to print on most printers... Because they were designed so, they weren't printed with any special settings when testing.

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

Blu may be my all time favourite printable design. Because he's a very simple little doll that almost can't fail (more cooling makes him print better). But I have something I have been thinking about for a while... something to do with really big prints (4m tall) and public space... I hope I can share more about that soon!!

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