Ideazoo 3D printing bringing efficiency to everyone

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 Each and every day science is making huge strides forward in all types of areas. 3D printing is a process we hear about often and is growing bigger all the time. In Lafayette, one business has grown so much, it grew right out of the CEO’s home.  

Ideazoo’s plan was to turn ideas into realities. They take those ideas, put them on paper, scan them into a computer, and before you know it they are turned into real products using a 3D printer. 

“We’ve printed thousands of pieces so far,” CEO of Ideazoo Jacques Dugal said. 

Now up to nine 3D printers and a laser cutting machine, the products they create from different materials really have almost no limits. 

“An interior designer wanted a very specific type of handle for a home. So, we designed and made drawer pulls and cabinet knobs for the entire house,” Dugal said. 

They even have plants to take their products to the sea for recreational use. 

“One of our designers likes to surf and ride boards, so we’ll make one for him,” he said. 

The process of 3D printing creates efficiency. According to Ideazoo designer Chad Weaver, a months long process of tooling, all the way to making a mold piece costs thousands of dollars. 

“This allows me in 4 hours to design a joint, print it out, have a piece in hand, test it, structural everything. Go back edit it change it and go back and print a whole new part all within the same day for pennies on the dollar. It really allows rapid development of products and prototyping,” Weaver said. 

The 'Maker City Initiative'- Bringing Optimism to the Future of Youngstown, OH

Lay-offs from the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company's sparked depression in Youngstown

Lay-offs from the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Company’s sparked depression in Youngstown

On Monday, September 19, 1977, the once thriving city of Youngstown, Ohio would experience a day all residents wish they could forget. Also known as ‘Black Monday’  The Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company notified 5,000 workers that they no longer had jobs, catalyzing the beginning of the city’s economic destruction.

Over the next 40 years, Youngstown would come to be known as ‘The incredible shrinking city’ [as mentioned by CNN] as more than half of the city’s 165,000 inhabitants migrated to more prosperous areas. Throughout this period, complete with multiple ‘come-back’ ideas (ie blimp manufacturing), efforts to stop this economic decline have had only marginal success. Youngstown, Ohio continued to search for a resolution to reverse their economic slide.

Jump ahead to August 3rd, 2014. It’s a hot, overcast day in Northeast Ohio, and while there has been recent promising change in the city’s demeanor, there is something felt in Youngstown that has been lacking for a long time: hope.

Ryan and AM founding director Ralph Resnick hold the signed Youngstown Maker Manifesto

Ryan and AM founding director Ralph Resnick hold the signed Youngstown Maker Manifesto

In the finale of the four-day ‘Youngstown Maker City Initiative’ event, hundreds of people gathered outside of the nationally recognized 3D printing hub, America Makes, to tour the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. In addition, attendees were able to canvass with the 12 local makers exhibiting their additive manufacturing involvement. The event included a ’3D Printer Shootout’ hosted by Make: Magazine where many of the industry’s leading products went toe-to-toe in rigorous analysis.

Also in attendance was US Rep. Tim Ryan who challenged the community to [as quoted in The Vindicator] “figure out some way, shape or form we can convert our economy to fuel this next movement,” and in regards to 3D printing stated “The reality of what we are experiencing is a complete transformation of manufacturing.”

The goal: mold Youngstown’s culture to that which 3D Printing can thrive. On all fronts, from elementary schools, to public libraries, to local manufacturers, and local Makerspaces, the same energy that once made Youngstown a thriving industrial focal point during its steel-making heyday is now being focused to turn the city into a 3D printing powerhouse. It seems there are brighter days ahead for the poster child of deindustrialization.

Could 3D printing be the key to a revitalization throughout some of America’s deindustrialized cities?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Bringing 3D Printing to the Masses

3-d printing.

Talk to us about what you are doing.

We make it easy for designers , artists, and businesses to take ideas they have and turn them into 3-d. they take a business file and make it a 3-d object.

And you do this for small businesses who might not have the money or the means to be able to do this.

And specifically you are working with jewelry a lot right now.

We have found that 3-d printing is really good for jewelry.

3-d printing in metal is a more cost-effective model.

It is an area where smallbatch manufacturing and personalization is really a premium.

I am a little bit of a skeptic.

This is not the first time — 3-d has been around for decades.

Printers are coming down in cost, but you are saying that a small business jewelry designer could have, what?

An individual customer like me who kind of says i like this necklace but i would like it this way and you can design it?


What is really cool is that each of these incorporates some element of personalization that happens.

This is one of my favorite pieces from one of the designers that uses our software.

She takes information about your birthday.

It creates a unique star skate pattern based on data points.

Traditionally, you would have to create a new keys for each individual user.

People can create their own information individually and it makes this item.

What does something like this cost?

The cost of materials is about $30 and it retails for about $70. it’s goldplated brass.

It is a circle and it looks like a scattering of stars.

Talk about this.

This is a project we worked on with a great organization in boston, the school for the blind.

They make rings and pendants.

You type text into the box and it creates these and generates braille.

It is great for 3-d printing, really tactile.

And you have a couple of necklaces.

This is 3-d printed sterling silver.

What’s really cool about these, they are uniquely designed to fit into one another.

That’s very cool.

The cost on this is about $85. it retails for about 150 dollars.

So it is not like customization gets crazy expensive.

Not at all.

You are doing it with jewelry.

How far can you take this model?

We think the applications of 3-d printing are endless.

One of the constraints right now is mostly cost.

The materials have a long way to go in terms of what they can do.

But patterns are firing next year and that will allow the materials to get much less expensive.

Then we can go into all kinds of other areas, spare parts, home decor, all kinds of stuff.

When you think about mass production, do you have designers churning out a ton of these?

Is that something we can see?


The traditional manufacturing is really extensive.

For a small business, it could be $10,000 or $20,000 to create a cut for a single product.

As for 3-d printing, there is no upfront cost.

Well you have to buy the device.

All the designers that made these were able to use 3-d printing as a service, which is really exciting.

The biggest innovation is not so much a technological one.

We work with vendors who charge a fee only for what you print.

It’s service on demand.

Obviously this works for the jewelry model.

A couple of years from now, you see small businesses being able to make what?

All kinds of thing.

It’s particularly good for hard items.

But some of the applications we have seen — like dishes and things or more complicated?


There are ceramics right now that are coming down rapidly in price.

Home hardware.


Do you have any investors knocking at your door?

We just closed an angel round which will hopefully allow us to bring in more people.

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