Octogenarian Craftsman Takes Up 3D Design for Holiday Gift of 3D Printed Miniature Furniture Set

sculpteo logoThe story of Jérôme Morin and his creativity is important, delivering impact in multiple ways. This is a gentleman who understands the significance of posterity, of keepsakes, and of holding his family close and dear, presenting them with delightful gifts that are meant to be kept forever.

He is a deeply thoughtful artist and maker whose work encompasses intricate detail, personalization, and significance for those on the very privileged receiving end. What is also significant is his age. At 80, Morin is blazing past the stereotypes that say those outside of the new high-tech generations can’t or won’t pick up some mad new digital skill sets. While I cannot say this is the case with most of the older generations in my family who dismiss the latest technology with a wave of the hand and say “leave that stuff to the younger people,” it’s safe to say we are all duly inspired to see a multi-talented artist and individual of any age who is a role model for everyone — from small children to your great-grandmother.

2014-miniatures-fauteuil-salonFor almost three decades, Morin has been gifting his family with impressive treats that put his design talent on full display. With a passion for design and also for miniatures, Morin is able to make, finish, and build gifts that he can give to younger generations that they can pass on as well. My daughter has a dollhouse that was my mother’s, then my sister’s, then my niece’s, and now belongs to her. It’s filled with amazing pieces of miniature furniture, from a porcelain bathtub and toilet, to handcrafted bunk beds with actual little bedspreads. Not only does my little one have hours of imaginary delight with the dollhouse, but the gift imbues special warmth and a sense of comfort because it is a family heirloom. The pieces end up scattered all around our real house, and we all take special care to put them back where they belong.

Also taking special care not to disappoint, Morin decided this year to gift his grandson with an entire living room — his own. Yes, in miniature. And this time — with 3D printing. Morin already had the basic skills necessary for 3D design, so he knew the general direction he wanted to go in, and what new technology he thought would work, but he needed advice.

“I’m not too bad at using architecture, animation or AutoCAD softwares. But I knew I had to perfectly master 3D modelling skills to get the result I was hoping for, which would take a really long time,” said Morin.

IMG_7891He turned to Sculpteo for a true collaboration in crafting his grandson’s gift. It’s no surprise that someone with such a creative spirit would have a living area decorated with many fine details. To replicate them in miniature was a challenge indeed, but obviously that’s what Morin thrives on with his projects.

“My main concern when I make my miniatures is about fineness and details,” he said. “I had to choose between laser cutting and 3D Printing.”

Because finishing is so important in the making of miniatures, Morin was drawn to the services provided by Sculpteo on numerous levels, especially as he was able to work with one of their designers in turning his concept into exactly the reality he envisioned with 3D printing.

Through pictures and brainstorming, Morin and the designers were able to create the 3D files. The ideas were translated into reality at Sculpteo, where they used polyamid material with SLS – and due to the precision of each round of layering with the nylon powder, both the designers and production crew were able to assist Morin in achieving the delicate details required for each miniature piece of furniture, from basic shapes to parts like narrow chair legs. At Sculpteo, they used the following 3D printers to achieve their goals with the printing of the miniatures:

  • EOS Formiga P100
  • P110
  • P395
  • P730

That’s just an example of Sculpteo doing their job – and doing it well, as a full-service 3D printing marketplace. Whether you are designing and need help with 3D printing, or if you are selling, it’s a world unto itself where you can certainly while away the hours learning, conceptualizing, and even making a living from the hobby or small business you are passionate about. Sculpteo offers educational videos, advice, workshops, and apps.


“Sculpteo gave me the ideal solution in order to create my miniaturized furniture,” said Morin.

Morin’s gift for his grandson puts a whole new spin on the idea of making your own gift —and while there is a whole world of caring people out there putting genuine thought and effort into their gifts for loved ones, I think it’s safe to say that there are grandchildren few and far between with a grandfather who went to quite these lengths all on his own to give such a magnificent gift – which transcends the holiday, and should last a lifetime and beyond, as it is handed down and enjoyed by future appreciative generations.

Have you had experience creating miniatures with 3D printing? Why did you choose 3D printing, if so? Tell us about it in the 3D Printed Miniature Living Room forum over at 3DPB.com.

The View with Lou: An unexpected gift

This is the time of year when we try to take a breather from the rapid pace of our business lives and pause long enough to glimpse into the future. Usually we look just a year ahead at how the economy will shape up, what new regulations we will be expected to deal with, etc. I would like to take a longer look—about a decade or two into the future and a technological development that could reshape transportation as we know it.

Everyone involved in the transport of freight should mark Sept. 13, 2014 as an important date on their calendar. Looking back on this date two decades from now we may identify it as a significant turning point in the freight patterns upon which our industry has been fashioned.

History was made September 13th when the world’s first 3D-printed car was driven out of The International Manufacturing Technology Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. Called the Strati, the vehicle was 3D printed over 45 hours by Local Motors in one piece, using direct digital manufacturing, (DDM), which is the first time this method has been used to make a car. Local Motors plans to launch production-level 3D-printed vehicles that will be available to the general public for purchase in the months following the show.

3D printing, or additive manufacturing as it is also called, has the potential to change the face of manufacturing and along with that the transportation and logistics practices of the future.

A recent Eye for Transport survey of manufacturers found that nearly 20% are already using 3D printing while more than 15% are currently evaluating it. A survey of logistics providers found that 37% now view it as a business opportunity while almost the same amount view it as both an opportunity and a threat. More than 40% believed it would have a moderate to substantial impact on the logistics services they provide just in the next three years.

Using 3D printing technology, along with a blueprint on a computer, a solid object can be built up gradually from a series of layers—each one printed directly on top of the previous one. The raw material used is a powder, which can be a metal, plastic, aluminium, stainless steel, etc., or a combination of these. The object—a spare part for a car, a hearing aid, a bicycle frame—is built by either depositing material from a nozzle or by selectively solidifying a thin layer of plastic or metal dust using tiny drops of glue or a tightly focused beam. I saw just such a machine at work myself at Bridgestone’s US headquarters.

What’s important for those of us concerned about supply chain practices is that it changes the parameters upon which those practices are set. The traditional supply chain is typically about warehousing mass produced products and shifting them outwards from the point of manufacture. What 3D printing does is make customization of (admittedly smaller products) feasible and economical on a local scale at microfactories. As Ed Morris, director of the US-based National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute points out: “In terms of impact on inventory and logistics, you can print on demand. Meaning you don’t have to have the finished product stacked on shelves or stacked in warehouses anymore. Whenever you need a product, you just make it. And that collapses the supply chain down to its simplest parts.”

And although that doesn’t mean that large scale mass production will die out, it does mean there will be increasing amounts of localized production, leading to more local or regional deliveries.

More local or regional deliveries due to 3D printing will build on the growth of such deliveries already started by online shopping. For a trucking industry plagued by a shortage of drivers willing to run long haul and be away from family for long stretches of time, this trend towards shorter, more regional runs could prove the holiday gift it has never been able to deliver itself

Dremel's 3D Idea Builder is This Year's Hardest-to-Find Gift

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This year’s hottest – and hardest-to-find – gift isn’t a toy or a video game, but the first accessibly priced 3D printer. “The gift that can make anything,” the Dremel 3D Idea Builder is sold out in many stores across the country and hard to find everywhere else.

The printer, which just became available this fall, was designed in response to demand from “Makers” and has quickly jumped to the top of their holiday wish lists. Exclusive retailers Home Depot and Amazon are already facing a shortage in the days leading up to the Christmas holiday.

“We’re not surprised by the excitement about the Idea Builder,” said John Kavanagh, president of Dremel. “3D printing used to be the stuff of the distant future that we’d only see in movies and on TV, and now it’s not only available from two of the nation’s most popular retailers, but it’s also affordable – even for those on tight holiday budgets.”

The launch of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder coincides with growing momentum surrounding the Maker Movement, a social, cultural and technological revolution inspired by those redefining what it means to work with your hands. As the Maker Movement moves beyond the margins and toward mainstream consumers, products like the Dremel 3D Idea Builder take on even greater significance.

Home Depot is selling Dremel 3D Idea Builder printers both online and in-store. Many of their stores, though, have found it difficult to keep up with customer demand, leaving disappointed holiday shoppers in the cold.

The demand for the Idea Builder has been driven by several factors:

  • A $999 price tag, hundreds of dollars less than other at-home 3D printers.
  • Ease of use. Though the idea of learning how to operate a 3D printer can seem intimidating to some, the 3D Idea Builder is ready to use straight out of the box on Christmas morning and includes access to Dremel’s highly rated product support staff.
  • Customization. Thanks to a number of free, print-ready 3D models and design tools (available at www.Dremel3D.com), users can easily personalize their creations for family and friends.
  • The trusted name of Dremel. Experts in manufacturing power tools for residential applications since 1934, Dremel has the trusted reputation that other 3D printing manufacturers do not.

“Even as recently as last year, people didn’t think of a 3D printer as being an affordable ‘tech tool,’” said Kavanagh. “Now our 3D Idea Builder has become one of the season’s most coveted, hardest-to-find gifts for ‘Makers’ nationwide. We can’t wait to see how our customers bring their imaginations to life.”

Catalog Number: 3D20

For more information on Dremel products, project ideas and problem-solving tips, visit www.Dremel3D.com or call Dremel at 1-800-437-3635.

About Dremel

Since inventing the high-speed rotary tool in 1934, the Dremel brand has expanded its legacy of industry leadership and excellence into a full line of versatile tool systems that deliver the perfect solution for almost any job. Whether it’s our Dremel rotary tools, Multi-Max™ oscillating tools, Ultra-Saw™ and Saw-Max™ multi-saws, Fortiflex™ flex shaft tool or another tool in the Dremel family, consumers have come to know and trust the brand to complete their projects. Combining compact size, ergonomic design, precision and versatility, with the wide range of highly engineered accessories, Dremel tools can be used to accomplish a multitude of applications on a variety of materials.

Today, as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Robert Bosch Tool Corporation in Mount Prospect, Ill., Dremel celebrates 82 years in business and maintains its commitment to innovation and quality as the manufacturer of the top-selling rotary tool in the world. Regardless of what the task may be, the Dremel brand is devoted to providing the best tools so users can always experience the satisfaction of a job well done.

Editor’s Note: Dremel®is a registered brand name and is used as an adjective to describe the products made by the Dremel brand.

3D Printing Drawing Pen Crafting Modeling ABS Filament Arts Printer Tool Gift


Now you can draw in thin air with this amazing 3D pen. Its beautiful and compact design makes it lightweight and portable. The pen body fits the hands of both children and adults alike. Plug and play, there’s no need for tedious setup or adjustment to a steep learning curve. You can even change the speed of the filament single handedly without looking away from your project. The pen is perfect for artists, product designers, hobbyists, children (over 8 years of age), students, and anyone else excited about letting their creativity leave the page. The pen has an automatic standby modeand is almost completely quiet when in use.


Suitable for Children over 8 years old!

Do not touch the nib and other heated parts while drawing!

This is an electric device, keep away from water.

Package Includes:

3 colors of sample filament.

Please note that colors are chosen randomly.

Now you can draw in thin air with this amazing 3D pen. Its beautiful and compact design makes it lightweight and portable. The pen body fits the hands of both children and adults alike. Plug and play, there’s no need for tedious setup or adjustment to a steep learning curve. You can even change the speed of the filament single handedly without looking away from your project. The pen is perfect for artists, product designers, hobbyists, children (over 8 years of age), students, and anyone else excited about letting their creativity leave the page. The pen has an automatic standby modeand is almost completely quiet when in use.

Product Features

  • ☆ Color: Orangeand white ☆ Weight: 2.2oz/63g ☆ Pen Length: 7.5inches/19cm
  • ☆ Input: 100-240V 50/60Hz ☆ Output: 12V DC 3A ☆ Filament Diameter: 1.75mm
  • ☆ Nozzle Diameter: 0.7mm ☆ Discharge Method: Extrusion molding
  • ☆ Printing Range: Unlimited ☆ Heating Temperature: 320-482°F/160-250°C
  • ☆ Spinning Speed: Adjustable

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