“It’s empowering to see your brainchild grow from design to creation”
“I studied Industrial Design in Mexico and graduated in 2007. At that point I only had theoretical knowledge of 3D printing. During my studies I took a class about materials, but we only discussed general processes. After finishing my Bachelor’s program I did a Master in Manufacturing Systems and I was exposed to the more practical side of processes and materials. I took this course, because I wanted to improve my design skills. My thesis was on redesigning dental screws. During its development, I had to manufacture some prototypes to support my findings, so I 3D printed some of them.
After finishing my Master’s I became an industrial design teacher. That’s when I started reading more and more about 3D printing and its history and started printing more frequently. I moved from designing to actually producing what I had envisioned. Sometimes you have a design in mind, but you can’t get to the finish line. You always need the right background and skills to defend and create your design. I believe both areas, processes and design are completely related and as long as you acquire more knowledge in technologies, the field of design will be wider for all the innovators. It’s empowering to be able to execute your brainchild from A to Z, from ideation to creation through involvement, research and experimentation.
Last year I received a scholarship from the Mexican government to do a PhD at the University of Sheffield in the manufacturing and design field. For the course, I have to create a device product using 3D printing. I came to the Additive Manufacturing conference in Amsterdam to get some inspiration for my PhD, knowing the state of the art of 3D printing techniques and latest applications in market and available materials. In the future I want to give back to Mexico for the great opportunities my country has given me.”