Stefan Reichert is an Industrial Designer from Germany, working at Sonos, Inc. in Santa Barbara, California. A recent article on Wired about a crazy small 3D printer featured his 2012 Bachelor Thesis for Industrial Design, a 3D printer that went on to win the Core77 Design Awards. Stefan used KeyShot throughout the Xeos 3D printer project which included imagery for concept and presentation, along with a full-size model of the printer created from 3D printed and CNC machined parts. It’s digital tied into the physical and Stefan does an incredible job of delivering visuals that show it off so well.
From Stefan’s Coroflot project page: “The clean interior and transparent two window design, a 66% smaller enclosure volume compared to the smallest professional FDM 3D printer available and the thorough going easy and intuitive controls – in its software and at the device – elevate XEOS 3D to a whole new category of 3D printers.”
Small, compact and beautifully designed. Stefan makes good use of materials and lighting that really helps drive home the unique character of this design. To get a sense of the scale, the build platform is capable of printing a 5x5x5in object. He doesn’t disappoint with the details either. Developing a whole new arm and integrating items like an app-enabled fish-eye camera to monitor builds from your mobile device, it all came together with the digital rendering complimenting the full-scale model. Even though the Xeos is still a concept, it’s a great example of 3D printing and 3D rendering working together.