Christopher Sweeney Speaks Up About Industry Trends for 3d Printing Company
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First most, I am artist that is heavily into 3D printing, especially exotic materials such as bronze, stainless steel, wood, bamboo and others. I also am an art educator full time in a public high school in near Philadelphia, where I live and have a studio. Both in my personal art, as well as in my students work, I try to use cutting edge 3D printing technology. In my own work, I use the 3D printing as a new means to create sculptures, and to push the envelope of what 3D printing can do and look like.
What do you see as the biggest opportunity in your industry?
The growth and the opportunity for growth are some of the major things I see in the future. For example, BioBots (which is headquartered in Next Fabb, right in Philly in my neighborhood), just got $350, 000 to do more work on their bio 3D printer, which I think is awesome, especially for a local company out of Philly. There are so many avenues to take, whether you are a maker, into manufacturing, or an artist like myself.
What impact will changes in your industry have on consumers? the world?
I think that with open source, makers, and the price coming down on printers such as Tiko it is going to change the world like the desktop printer did for PCs. However, it is not accessible to the public and easy to use as a paper printer. If the trend continues, which I do see it doing, it will be ingrained into society much like smartphones are today. Also, the fact that DIY printers can make things you would need to spend money on or go to a store to get the item, that’s a game changer.
What is your biggest goal right now?
My biggest goal is to make larger, higher quality prints out of more exotic filaments. I use exclusively right now ColorFabb and Proto Pasta products( big thanks to Matt from Printed Solid for his help), but I am willing to try any new products out there. I am interested in try the brick/stone filament soon. The second part of the goal which I currently working on is setting up an online store to sell my work so people can enjoy it in person.
What kind of support or types of people do you need to accelerate your success?
I need developers, entrepreneurs, and 3D printer/filament companies who would like to work with a visual artist such as myself to try out new products and techniques. I would love that. There is a huge market for fine art that I believe is untapped, and I would like a hand in that filling that void.
I would also like to experiment with new printers and materials not out in the public sector. Much like how Robert Rauschenberg worked with engineers and scientists on his performance art creations in the 1960s and 1970s, that would be a great way to accelerate the success of my work with 3d printing.
Lastly, a connection with someone with sales and marketing familiar with 3D printing would be great, especially if they have an art niche. As I said before, I have been self promoting via social media, but I can only do so much as a one man operation.
What makes you or your work different from everybody else?
The techniques, material, subject matter etc. look different than what you might see in some artist (or makers) work that you might see online. From what I scan, to how I manipulate it, and how I print the final pieces. For myself, 3D printing is an art form as well as an utilitarian tool. Even though I’ve been exposed to 3D printing for a year or so, I only started printing a few days after Christmas of 2014, when I bought a secondhand 3D printer. The rest is history. I put many, many hours into working with my Pribtrbot, and learning the craftsmanship of 3D printing, and I think it shows in the work. As fun as the cutesy toys and knick knacks are you might see on sites such as Thingiverse, I’m into 3D printing as an artist, as well as an educator. Also, my work was just in a 3D print show at the Delaware Center for Contempory Art this past spring, so I am in it for the aesthetics, as well as the function.
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