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Shapeways Designer Spotlight Is Shining On Me

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Shapeways is featuring a short interview with me and some pictures of my designs in their Designer Spotlight this week. I’m extremely flattered and honored they chose me for this feature. I used to see the designers who were featured on that and some of their designs are mind-blowing. I’m still not sure my designs are on the same level as some of the artists on Shapeways, but I think I have come a long ways from when I started. A link to the interview will appear on their front page starting tomorrow. Here is a part of the article:

This week, we are highlighting Dan Foley of D&O Designs! Dan’s shop is full of intricate, beautiful celtic designs. The complex designs pair perfectly with 3D printing, and give Dan a chance to take a break from technical engineering and focus on his artistic side.


Tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? Where are you located?
I’m a professional engineer and 3D designer located in Davenport, Iowa. I have a beautiful wife and three children. The “O” of D&O Designs is for my son, Owen, who is learning to be a 3D modeler.


What’s the story behind your designs? What inspires you?
My focus is on Celtic Knot jewelry. In the past few years I have become a lot more spiritual, and Celtic Knots are a representation of that. I read that some believe the complex knot designs represent “humans’ complex relationship with the natural and the divine.” This sums up my feelings pretty well.


What brought you to 3D printing with Shapeways?
I had known about the idea of 3D printing for a long time, but I had no idea it was so easily accessible. A friend told me to check out Shapeways. I was blown away and I had to try it. Once I received my first Shapeways shipment, I was hooked.

To read the whole article with pictures, click here.