Every Friday we’ll be meeting one of Cubify’s Featured Artists and offering a special weekend promotion. This week we’re chatting with David Bizer about his background and his store on Cubify, Designs by David Bizer.
As a special feature to our series, this weekend only you can purchase David’s Freedom iPhone Case for 20% off using promo code: Freedom20.
Tell us about yourself. What is your background?
As a teenager I loved playing video games but I didn’t have a computer until I was 24.
When I got it I was instantly fascinated by all the things I could do with this machine. Playing with professional software gave me the same satisfaction I had playing videogames, but with the difference that I learned something at the end of the day. Basically I really love technology, I grew up before the internet was there, and now look what has happened. I feel really fortunate to live in this era.
How did you get into 3D printing?
Before I started to study product design in 2005 I did a 10 month internship at an industrial design company. They had a CNC-mill on-site and ordered 3D prints for their prototypes. I started to use 3D software there and was able send files straight to the machines to get prototypes made. Seeing products being built before my eyes still fascinates me to this day.
Can you tell us the story of your rhombic dodecahedron earrings? People love them. Where did that idea come from?
The school I studied at put a big focus on teaching design fundamentals. As boring as it was sometimes, it was really good to learn about basic principles like grids and geometry. To be honest, the rhombic dodecahedron earring resulted from a defined geometric shape without much manipulation. It is simply just the knowlege that this exists and the application that makes it unique. The rhombic dodecahedron is a common polyhedra which is also found in crystal structures. I just really like the shape and with 3D printing it was possible to produce it very thin and delicately.
What is the inspiration for your 3D printed fashion accessories? What makes you create these pieces?
I wrote my thesis about digital fabrication. I investigated how new prototyping technology can enable individuals like myself to sell products worldwide without any upfront investments. Two aspects were relevant while chosing the right type of product. As 3D printing was still very expensive, I had to find products with a price range that allows for high manufacuring costs. Furthermore it had to be something people wanted to have customized. Jewelry fit that criteria. Although the decision to make jewlery was more a logical conclusion than passion it turned out to be an exciting field to work in as a designer. It enables me to explore the limits of technologies and create products that cannot be manufactured any other way.
You’ve got some amazing designs, what’s next?
I haven’t worked a lot on personal designs since I graduated, but I’m definetely planning to concentrate more on my own work from now. At the moment I’m woking on my new website. Having access to my own 3D printer enables me to make prototypes and iterate more quickly. This will speed up my design process a lot. I have a couple of ideas in mind – I just need to find the time to develop them. So stay tuned.
Thank you David for sharing your designs with us and letting us learn more about you.
See all of David’s designs at his store Designs by David Bizer.