Project Highlights Extraordinary 3D Printing & Surrounding Creative Community
Last Updated: September 7, 2012 12:26 am GMT
(September 7, 2012) Harvest Films’ new director Stephan Malik turned his keen eye and talent to the extraordinary realm of 3D printing in a film for Shapeways. The branded documentary centers on the culture of creativity inspired by this incredible technology – from design innovation to beautifully rendered one-of-a-kind pieces. The film is a look into the Shapeways vision, community and 3D printing magic.
For many, 3D printing remains an unbelievable, futuristic technology that creates physical objects from thin air. In the spirit of seeing is believing, Shapeways’ Marketing Director Carine Carmy and Director Stephan Malik traveled to five cities around the world, to interview people from the Shapeways team and creative community. The film, featuring music by composer Tai Vare, weaves together compelling stories and beautiful imagery to illuminate how 3D printing is going to democratize product design and, in doing so, change the world.
“We're hoping that this film will inspire people of all backgrounds to re-imagine the world around them and take a more active role in creating the objects that populate their lives,” says Carine Carmy. “Stephan was the perfect partner in creating a film that shows what 3D printing makes possible.”
“Everyone at Shapeways has a passion for inspiring creativity and this was the starting point for the project,” adds Malik, a rising director in documentary brand films and lifestyle commercials. “The film harnesses that inspiration, and the wonder of the technology, by showcasing makers for whom 3D printing has opened new channels to creativity.”
3D printing has been around for decades, used for rapid prototyping in commercial settings. Today, reduced cost and access to cutting-edge materials is eliminating the typical barriers to product design and development. As highlighted in the film, the 3D printing process is relatively simple: come up with an idea, create a design, send the product for 3D printing in the material of your choosing, and hold it in your hands. Designers can also make their products available to a global market without having to hold any inventory or facing traditional capital costs. What happened to many other forms of art and creation as a result of digital media is now happening to product design.
Shapeways.com is the world’s leading 3D printing marketplace and community. The NY start-up harnesses 3D printing to help anyone make and share his or her designs with the world, making product design more accessible, personal, and inspiring. Shapeways prints everything on-demand, which means that every order is customized and personalized. By providing a platform for community members to gain access to cutting edge 3D printing technology, Shapeways is democratizing creation for everyone. For more information, go to: http://www.shapeways.com