Every STORY has its BEGINNINGs
3D PRINTING IS AMAZING
Hello and welcome to 3DPrinting Lady.com. It’s a pleasure to have you here. My name is Han and let me tell you how I became to be known as The 3D Printing Lady.
My adventure with 3D and Additive began in 2009 when I first came across the RepRap project originated by Adrian Bowyer from University of Bath.
I have just been accepted to study at the prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, a year prior, to embark on my journey to study Japanese and Japanese Art.
I couldn’t wait. I have always been inspired by the minimalist philosophy of Japanese Design, and my heart was pounding with excitement and eagerness to understand the principles behind it. The thing that seemed to resonate with me the most was the painstaking attention to detail so often displayed by Japan’s celebrated craftsmen and women.
I very quickly realised that the only way to understand Japanese Art, Design and Crafts was to master the language and immerse myself into the culture of the country, and look for an opportunity to learn directly from the source.
And I did. I spent my academic year 2011-2012 abroad in Kyoto, Japan, where among other things I had a chance to study traditional sculpture, woodworking, and fabrics.
After obtaining my BA (final paper on Japanese 3-Dimensional Mandalas, written under supervision of excellent Japanese Art Professor Timon Screech), I decided to follow my instincts and build my knowledge and skill set in the Additive Manufacturing sector.
The idea of new, accessible, rapid manufacturing requiring minimal tooling resonated with me strongly.
As a proud maker and DIYer with 15+ years of traditional fabric-making experience, I could appreciate the how revolutionary the concept of Additive could really be - not only could the goods be cheaper and less wasteful to manufacture, but they could also be suited to fit user’s own unique design specifications and needs.
It was truly revolutionary in my eyes that things could be made quickly, cleanly, and foremost - without the need for in-betweeners guarding the know-how. It was what I later described as the directness of the Additive process - both in terms of how it streamlined the design process, how it brought the manufacturing power at people’s fingertips.
Most of the limitations of the subtractive methods were tooling-related - the materials had to be carefully selected to withstand the machining process, and designers had to accept and work around many constraints related to machine tool paths.
By creating objects by layering the material where it’s needed, Additive Manufacturing has turned most of the those manufacturing guidelines on its head.
We are now at the stage of learning how to efficiently combine and merge the well-established manufacturing technologies with Additive, achieving forms and shapes previously unattainable.
Let me be your guide through the wonderful world of Additive Manufacturing and Digital Fabrication.
ps. Oh, and regarding the nickname? It’s a funny story, actually. If you’re curious, I explain it in more detail in the exclusive materials available for readers who support my blog via Patreon.
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