Etsy Seller handbook feature

The incredible variety of items available for sale on Etsy is proof of the limitless possibility of creativity.
— Taylor Comb - writer and editor for Etsy's Seller Handbook
Our own way of using 3d printing as a medium.  

Our own way of using 3d printing as a medium.  

It's been a while since we last updated our blog.  From now on, I'll try updating daily, ok maybe a post for two days, ok maybe weekly....  We had and have a lot of going on at the moment, especially with our upcoming new collection, there's been a lot of testing, sketches, discussion, lots of fun and adventure too of course!   

In mid March, we received an exciting mail from one of the Etsy admin from Seller Handbook, Taylor.  We were so excited and it was about an interview on different techniques, for us it's 3d printing with hand finished.  We answered a few questions from Taylor and after a few weeks, the story is up and running!  Taylor did such a great job on it and the article definitely inspire us as well!  You can read more here, hope you find some helpful tips! 

It means a lot for us and it's humbling knowing we were chosen for this story especially with how 3d printing is becoming mainstream, thank you again Taylor! 

Moments like this definitely encourage us to push ourselves more and keep being creative.  Having all our creations made in house have taught us a lot! 

3D Printing

Vei Tan, the designer behind Melbourne, Australia-based Etsy shopMIMAW (short for Micro Macro Workshop) decided to buy a 3D printer after struggling to find a job in architecture. “As they say, ‘If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door,’” she says. The technology opened up a world of creative opportunities for Vei and co-owner Patrick Macasaet. 3D printers are controlled by a computer and build each layer of an object, such as a custom plastic cookie cutter or a sculptural piece of jewelry, based on the creator’s digital design. Vei uses a type of 3D printing called fused deposition modeling to lay down layer after layer of polyactic acid, a biodegradable plastic, in her desired shape and size.

Vei uses her 3D printer to make creative, functional household objects, like a vase that holds buds on the top and candy or other goodies in a removable compartment. She also makes playful designs like whimsical trinket trays that look like ice cream cones.

To turn their ideas into a reality, Vei and Patrick start by brainstorming and hand-sketching their product ideas. Then, they turn their drawings into 3D models using computer-aided design (or CAD) software. Then, they print 3D-models of the digital designs. “When we are developing a new idea or product, we tend to have a lot of digital models and hand-painted printed prototypes before we end up with a piece that we are happy with,” Vei says. Each piece is then hand-finished and decorated using plaster, resin or acrylic.

Thanks to her architecture background, Vei had some previous experience with creating 3D designs. Even so, she says that getting 3D-printed products just right takes a lot of trial and error. “There’s definitely an art to getting the perfect print,” she says. “Having said that, it’s such a great time to be experimenting with 3D printing, as it’s still very much in its infancy. New models and materials come out all the time, and we love seeing our projects turn from sketch to digital model to physical form.”

If buying your own 3D printer isn’t in the budget, you can partner with someone who can help turn your designs into products. And don’t worry if you’ve never used CAD software — there are tutorials available online if you want to teach yourself, and some manufacturers and designers offer services to help you digitize your design.’