Welcome to a brand new series we're excited to bring you, where each month we feature a maker who's really impressed us with their creative talents. Our goal with this is to inspire, share, and thank those who utilize 3d printing in unique ways, making the industry a better place for everyone.
Without further ado, we'd like to introduce you to Bauermaker aka Bernhard Bauer. This 31 year old badman from Graz, Austria works as a stage designer and freelance 3D artist/character designer. What really struck us about his work, initially, was not the variety of materials used or even the amazing finishing techniques, but rather the attitude his prints emote. Bauermaker has created a slew of fantastic, slightly twisted, creature characters, each with their own personality and flavor. It’s obvious Bernhard takes his craft seriously, and we’re inspired to see 3D printing becoming so accessible to real artists.
We asked him some questions, he gave us the scoop:
PP: What inspired you to start 3d printing?
BM: I did a lot of 3d artwork for my diploma thesis in 2008 (a game called Zero Ballistics) but was frustrated of not being able to touch the things I spent hours designing. Back then Desktop 3d printing was still in its infancy, but a few years later I saw an ad for the Makerbot Replicator 2 and was fascinated. I did some research and decided to buy an Ultimaker 1 by the end of 2011.
PP: What in your opinion is the purpose of 3d printing?
BM: I don’t know, I think there are infinite possibilities in nearly every field of work.
PP: Do you make your own models?
BM: Yes, I make my own models in blender 3d or AutoCad
PP: Favorite materials and 3D printer?
BM: I love my Ultimakers (I have 2 Ultimaker 1 and 1 Ultimaker 2); material-wise I really like Faberdashery and ColorFabb materials. Especially the metal filaments.
PP: What is lacking in the scene?
BM: hm, I don’t like all the copyright lawsuits going on right now, but I think that the community is really awesome, especially the ultimaker forum.
PP: Where is 3d printing heading?
BM: I am not sure, I think there will be many more materials to explore and I hope that sla, sls and dlp printers will get cheaper and easier to use.
PP: Any advice for newbies?
BM: Patience and ask for help, most people are willing to share their knowledge.
PP: Favorite thing you've printed?
BM: I really like the Airrhino I designed with my little nephew. It was a very fun project and the first thing I posted on youmagine for other people to download.
PP: Any parting words?
BM: 3D printing changed my life as an artist because it helped me make things I never could have dreamed of holding in my hands.
PP: Thanks again Bernhard!
Check out more of Bauermaker’s amazing 3D printed creations:
See the rest of Bauermaker's work and process here:
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