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3D Printing Designers Interview: Mageli

Mageli, can you say a few words about you and your work?

Since I graduated as an engineer I have done everything I could not do this job! It wasn't easy at the beginning but I think I finally managed it. I've been a design engineer, research project manager, head of the design department in the automotive industry, graphic designer and finally a freelance designer. I define myself as a "generalist" designer because I can't bring myself to a speciality. I work on everything that is aesthetic with a functional goal.

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

I invested in a 3D printer for official business reasons. It allows me to make prototypes and models quickly and to be more efficient. In this context, inspiration is guided by the project, the observation of the market, trends, manufacturing processes: it's very thoughtful and ... professional!
But, the "idea machine" was an old childhood dream so, at night and on weekends, I imagine and print things inspired by my relatives, my family and my children. My main goal is to share my pleasure of creating. Creative fun is a very serious business.

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3. Which CAD software(s) do you use to produce your drawings?

Even if sometimes I would like to sculpt polygons, my professional background has given me more experience in surface modelers such as Rhino or Alias. I also like their dimensional precision and the mastery of curves.

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4. Which 3D printer do you have and what are your usual printing settings?

I'd like to explore all the possibilities of the machine, so far I haven't ventured too far: I stay on the beaten track and use standard print profiles. I'll probably come back to this when I try more exotic materials... in the meantime I have lots of other fun ideas to experiment with. Technology offers so many possibilities...

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

I like Fanfan because it's a fairly complete realization that combines technique, concept and style: several pieces assembled by screws, articulations, two-color printing, phosphorescent material, integration of commercially available pieces.

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I also like very simple creations like the door block integrated to the WhiteWhale floor: its principle is basic and its usefulness is unique because I took advantage of a defect in the floor. This is also the kind of realization that 3D printing allows: creating objects whose use is totally exclusive, the luxury of extreme customization at the click of a button!
But the creation that I prefer is the one that is not yet realized because everything is still possible!

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