This month there was a new addition to my workspace: an Ultimaker 2 Go 3D printer. I already have an Ultimaker Original that I assembled in a workshop at FabLab Zürich more than two years ago and that still works like a charm, but since I use it so much I needed a second one. I decided to stick with Ultimaker, that still is open source. I went for the small model that comes with a very practical travel case, so that now I have a portable 3D printer that is easy to carry to fairs, events and workshops.
My desktop 3D printers are essential for my work as digital artisan: I use them to print out the prototypes of my pieces. Even if the shapes are visible from any angle and measurable on the computer screen, for me it’s key to be able to hold physical objects in my hands and to test the fit of the jewels on the body. The ability to quickly switch from the digital to the analog model and back is one of the great strengths and advantages of working with digital design and fabrication.