Professional Identity & Vision

Professional Identity

My interests as a designer lie in using and developing new technologies to create concepts for what the future of making could look like. New developments in digital fabrication technologies, like 3D printing and parametric modeling, allow us to design and make products in novel ways reducing waste and overproduction. I approach this from the standpoint of sustainability as well as from an interaction design perspective. I am interested in how we can create sustainable products that offer a satisfying user experience. I explored this during my internship where I worked on several products made from recycled materials as well as exploring with new methods of production.

“I am a creative technologist, interested in additive manufacturing and the future of making.”

My expertise lies in the field of 3D printing, more specifically Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) and Stereolithography (SLA). I have been working in the field of 3D printing for the past four years, as a sales consultant, designer, and trained service agent. Through my work, I have had ample opportunities to broaden my skillset in Computer Aided Design and prototyping a great deal. Next to 3D printing, I have experience with laser cutting and more traditional ways of making. I regularly help others with questions regarding 3D printing and other manufacturing related issues, and how they can apply this in their design process.
During my design process, I combine my skills in rapid prototyping with the reflective transformative design process (Hummels & Frens, 2009) in order to create novel concepts and products.

I have an entrepreneurial mindset and I am always looking out for new opportunities to gain experience and expand my knowledge. For the past two years, I have had a company in videography, video making, and photography, with some fellow students. Through this business, we apply the mindset of designers to the field of filmmaking. Within the company I have the role of producer, I am responsible for most of the client contact and all the other business-related activities, like doing taxes.

Vision

We live in a world that is quickly running out of resources. In 2018, Earth overshoot day occurred on the August 1st (‘Past Earth Overshoot Days’, n.d.), all resources used from that day forward could not be replenished by the earth within a year. In order to assure we have a future on this planet, we greatly need to reduce our resource consumption. In the gates annual letter, Bill and Melinda Gates describe that it takes more than just producing green energy to lower our emissions (Gates, 2019). Manufacturing, for example, is responsible for 21% of all greenhouse gas emissions, this leaves a lot of room for improvement.

Design has a big part to play in working towards a sustainable future. As designers, we push the boundary of what is possible and by utilizing new technologies, we can design products that are not only sustainable but also superior to their more traditional counterparts. We have to innovate when it comes to the production of products to make them last as long as possible. This could be done by making products easy to upgrade, modular and more personalized to reduce the need for the product to be replaced.

“Concept development with novel production technologies to work towards a sustainable future”

This can be achieved by utilizing new production technologies like additive manufacturing and generative design and the possibilities they create. An example of this are mechanical meta-materials (MM). Material structures that allow for designed behavior and properties of the material made possible by developments in additive manufacturing technologies (Zadpoor, 2016). With this, we can create sustainable products that are easily recyclable and feature all the necessary functionality embedded in one material as demonstrated by Amorim et al. in their design of a personalized shoe sole made out of mechanical meta-materials (Amorim, Nachtigall, & Bruns, 2019). By combining meta-material structures with different properties, e.g. different levels of stiffness, they were able to make the sole deform to the shape of the foot. Because the entire sole was 3D printed from one material it is easily recyclable.

References

Amorim, D., Nachtigall, T., & Bruns, M. A. (2019). Exploring Mechanical Meta-Material Structures through Personalised Shoe Sole Design. In ACM (Ed.), Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Symposium on Computational Fabrication - SCF’19. https://doi.org/10.1145/3328939.3329001

Gates, B. and M. (2019, February 12). We didn’t see this coming. Retrieved 17 May 2019, from gatesnotes.com website: https://www.gatesnotes.com/2019-Annual-Letter

Hummels, C., & Frens, J. (2009). The reflective transformative design process. Proceedings of the 27th International Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI EA ’09, 2655. https://doi.org/10.1145/1520340.1520376

Past Earth Overshoot Days. (n.d.). Retrieved 17 May 2019, from Earth Overshoot Day website: https://www.overshootday.org/newsroom/past-earth-overshoot-days/

Zadpoor, A. A. (2016). Mechanical meta-materials. Materials Horizons, 3(5), 371–381. https://doi.org/10.1039/C6MH00065G