What do you do?
I’m the founder of Pixel Depot, a Belgian company doing architectural and design visualisations as well as making models for 3D printing.
What do you see as the biggest opportunity in your industry?
3D printing and new 3D manufacturing techniques are still in its early days, but I strongly believe that we haven’t seen anything yet. It’ll still grow bigger. 3D printing brings design to the people, turns it into a local business. Being able to help these new designers with their ideas is a chance for companies like Pixel Depot to transform their sketches into 3D objects.
What impact will changes in your industry have on consumers? the world?
Being able to turn every home to a possible place where you can print a 3D model into a real life model, will give the manufacturing business partly back to the consumers. It’ll make things local instead of international. It will be cheaper to produce things, it’ll be easier to effectively create ideas. New, simple and smart designs will be made by kids, housewives and pensioners. They might have a big impact of the world of tomorrow. Design will be more accessible. Everyone will become a designer.
What is your biggest goal right now?
My goal is to inspire people, to help people around me. It would be a big compliment to me if someone would tell me he started 3D modelling because of designs I made.
What kind of support or types of people do you need to accelerate your success?
Everyone who needs help transforming an idea, a simple sketch or technical drawing into a 3D object is welcome at Pixel Depot. We’ll help him/her bring the initial design to fruition, provide a 3D model or visualisation upon which the customer can create a new product.
What makes you or your work different from everybody else?
I have the advantage of being an architect and I have the opportunity of working closely together with a product designer. This broadens the experience with product and architectural design. It also helps understanding how materials work and behave, how to look at 2D drawings and it greatly improves the spatial awareness. Working closely with architects and designers, who work closely with Pixel Depot, we can give sound advice to anyone who wants to advance with their fresh and new ideas to the level of production.