The Fairphone Accessory contest challenged designers to submit their 3D designs for a Fairphone accessory. It could be more than just a case: think of a mobile phone stand, or something for a bike, or an accessory that helps people carry a phone around at a festival or any other innovative use. Out of the entries, three finalists were chosen to whom we offered a masterclass in 3D design on 14 and 15 November 2014 at the Waag in Amsterdam. In two days they learned how to optimize their design for production on a low-cost 3D printer from expert Joris van Tubergen.
Why organize a masterclass for people who already know how to 3D print? Because we see that many designers know how to make a 3D drawing, but not many know how to make a file that is 3D printable. This is exactly what we wanted to teach in the masterclass.
With this booklet we are happy to share some insights from the masterclass. There is a lot to learn on 3D printing and we hope this will give you some ideas for further exploration. Enjoy the read; we hope it will make you a better 3D craftsman!