This month's maker has taken quite a unique, entrepreneurial approach to 3D printing, in stark contrast to last month's mad scientist: Bauermaker. We're proud to announce February's MoTM is Greg Perkins of Far Fetched Creations. Greg has combined his design skills with the Form 1+ and some pretty crafty molding techniques to make his own line of superbly creative Wacom Penholders, using various add-ons such as: fur, magnets, LED Lights & USB flash drives.
Us: Greg, tell us a bit about yourself. How did you find yourself immersed in the world of 3D printing?
Greg: Hi, I’m Greg Perkins, I am from the most isolated city in the world - Perth, Australia. This was a great place to grow up in. However, it did not contain the creative industry that I required to grow as an artist. Eventually, I found Academy of Art University online, and decided that this is where I needed to be. There, in San Francisco, I completed my degree in 3D modeling, and was finally provided the right forum in which to develop my skills. In my last year at Academy of Art University, 3D printing came into the spotlight. It turned out that 3D modeling and 3D printing went hand in hand, and it all kind of snowballed from there.
Us: What inspired you to get into 3d printing?
Greg: Well first of all, it was the technology that inspired me. The thought of finally being able to hold my digital art in my hands was mind-blowing to me. I knew I wanted to try out 3D printing, but I didn't know what to make. Then one night, I looked at my Wacom penholder, and I thought to myself, “this would be way better with eyeballs!"
Us: Tell me about Far Fetched Creations... These Pen Holder creatures are awesome!
Greg: Far Fetched Creations is a company that takes the everyday object, and transforms it into an otherworldly design. For example, we’ve taken the standard Wacom penholder, and combined it with an array of original creature designs. We also offer the service of 3D printing, and can even create designs for you from scratch.
Us: Where did the idea for this business come from?
Greg: The business idea was a result of making that first Wacom penholder design; people had such a positive response to it, that I simply had to make more. Seeing the looks on their faces made me realize that I wanted to share my designs with everyone.
Us: Does it ever go beyond Wacom pen holders?
Greg: Yes, Wacom penholders are just one adventure. I soon realized that every object could really be redesigned in my style. We already have a new Copic Marker Holder design that has been 3D printed, and is being duplicated in a factory as we speak, and many other items are in the works.
Us: Is there opportunity for the community to design their own creatures and get them printed?
Greg: Absolutely, members of the community are already sending us their 3D files to be printed on our new Form 1 +. If anyone is interested, they can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Us: Any advice for newcomers?
Greg: My advice for newcomers would be, take your time learning the tools. Maya and ZBrush are essential for modeling a decent character. You need to become so comfortable with these programs that you don’t even need to think about it - you would just make it. The same way you would if you were to draw something on a piece of paper.
Us: TAKE MY MONEY NOW! Where can I buy them!?
Greg: All of these designs can be found at farfetchedcreations.com
Check out more of Greg's creatures and process below:
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