Tell us a little about yourself?

I am a former car fabricator, engineer, and aftermarket parts manufacturer with a background in the areas of composites, braking systems, turbocharging, and intercooling. I work as a 3D printer consultant, CAD designer, and rapid prototyping expert. I also run a manufacturing company in aftermarket automotive, and I am a freelance photographer for Hot Rod Magazine.

How did you get into 3D printing?

I got into 3D printing a few years ago when I was applying for a patent and needed to use 3D printing in the testing and manufacturing of parts that would be made either in aluminum or carbon fiber.

What's your first 3D printer, and what printers do you recommend?

My first 3D printer was a Reprap Rostock delta 3D printer. I recommend any 3D printer as long as it is tuned correctly and is calibrated. All FDMs printers do the same thing, they just arrive at the final result differently. I now mainly use cartesian printers, but that is just because they are easier to calibrate, but my deltas are still always in use when I am prototyping for myself or for clients. The best advise that I can give is to learn how your printer works so that you and quickly repair it or make modifications.

How do you get inspiration for your designs?

Being a car guy and long time race fan, my inspiration comes from cars that have always inspired me. I usually pick cars that have a storied history or are a car that is a fan favorite. I like to try to recreate the magic that I felt when I saw the actual car in magazines, tv, or even in video games or movies.

Which one do you think is your best design and why?

That is a hard one since each design has its own merits. I would have to say it is a tie between the motorcycle project with the Suzuki GSX-RR and the Ducati Draxter Drag bike and the recently released 1991 Mazda 787B Race Car. The bikes were a huge challenge that tackled how to make a bike, how do you make it 3d printable, and can you also make the rider work? That was a monumental task and that project went viral in actual motorcycle news getting covered in major automotive media like Bike.com, Motorcyclenews.com, and theDrive.com to name a few, but I’ve seen those bikes in articles written in almost every language, so that project went worldwide. This coverage lead to HP contacting me to work with them, and now the Suzuki is their high detail print for their $200K Multi-Jet Fusion HP 3D printer.

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The Mazda 787B because it was the car that I dreamed of making when I first started building 3D printed RC cars. I loved the original car and I am pleased when people think the Mazda is a die cast car.

The Mazda was featured in a worldwide magazine, RC Car Action, two months in a row.