I was recently interviewed by Jack Cullen of the Quad City Times and the article was published today. They were very interested in learning about what I do and how I got into jewelry making. I always enjoy explaining how this works. Here is a part of the article:
What happens in this Davenport basement does not necessarily stay in this basement.
In 2012, Deere & Co. engineer Dan Foley began tinkering with computer-aided design software in his home-based workshop with the goal of crafting something tangible.
At the time, Foley knew a little about 3D printers since Deere worked with the machines, but he never explored other business opportunities the technology could provide.
Foley began sending digital models to Shapeways, a New York City-based company that offers 3D printing services. While many of his first attempts were rejected, the techie kept at it, shifting his designs to comply with 3D printing standards.
“I wanted to understand it,” said Foley, who at first assumed Shapeways solely used and manufactured plastics. “But they also offer metals, and that’s what blew my mind.”
You can go to this link to read the full article:
Notes @ Noon: Engineer designs, sells 3D-printed jewelry on the side