Q: How long have you been a CAD designer?
A: I have been working as a CAD designer for a little more than a year now. However, I was first introduced to 3D design about three years ago.
Q:How did you come into designing products for C2D?
A: With some luck and networking actually. I was in my third year of college, majoring in Media Arts and Animation, where I had become quite skilled in 3D modeling. My sister had been to one of 3Delivered’s meetings and told me about the company. As you can imagine, I was very interested. So I emailed Chris Rodak to learn more about 3Delivered. After some emails and an interview, he hired me as their first in-house CAD designer. I’ve been there ever since.
Q: Why is 3D printing a good option for scale modeling?
A: There are several reasons why I think 3D printing is a great way to go. One is that you can customize and detail a model with virtually no limit. For instance, if you need to have rivets, nuts, or bolts on or off of a panel of some sort, it can be done. There’s also no need to buy specialty parts in bulk. The way 3D printing works allows the option to print just one part, instead of a whole tray of them, and still stay efficient with minimal material waste. Efficiency is another reason 3D printing is a good choice. With 3D printing, a CAD model is required instead of a unique mold. With just the one CAD model, you can easily change the scale, or modify the look of a part without needing to create a new mold, that may only need to be used once. Also, because the 3D printer only lays down material where it needs to, it saves a lot of it. Whatever material that does become waste can be reused again in another print.
Q: Do you think the scale modeling community will see 3d printing become more common as the technology and the awareness grows?
A: I’m sure that it will become much more common. From what I know currently, 3D printing has more pros than cons across the board. Once the awareness of how the process works, and how good the quality is of the printed parts are grows, I’m certain that the scale modeling community will become more interested in it.
Q: What is your favorite product from C2D?
A: My favorite product from C2D is definitely the CIWS Vulcan Cannon. Now, my opinion is a bit biased, because I designed it, but it is overall a good choice. It’s a smaller part of another potential product, and still has a lot of detail packed in it. The Vulcan Cannon is made up of 14 separate pieces for the larger scales that can be interchanged with other versions of parts that will soon be made for a different look. This is the biggest and most detailed project that I’ve worked on for C2D, and I learned a ton in the process. That’s why it’s my favorite product from C2D.