Richard Grant’s Practical Success with Our Skyblue PLA

Richard Grant works globally and in the UK delivering difficult tech and creative projects for Film studios, artists and private clients. He  is a Disruptor and Innovator. Loving to Hack, make and produce. This includes mentoring and making useful and incredible connections. His LinkedIn profile and IMDB reads like a Who’s Who of inspiring and creative projects spanning the last 20 years.

Working from his studio Near Windsor, West of London, he runs “rgproduct” and @FuseDeep as a Freelance Creative Director.

Richard innovates in many areas and most recently in 3Dprinting. Constantly developing and creating ideas for multiple industries. Richard has been honing his 3D skills and has worked on some notable projects such as an LED lit, oil matrix lightweight nodal structure for BP, which was suspended above delegates heads at a corporate event, and a fully working scissor lift, modeled from scratch to hold a £1M present.

You can find all these projects on his LinkedIn Profile.

Recently Richard used our Skyblue PLA to create further the development of @FuseDeep, his large and strong 3Dprinter 1700x400x500mm

     

We spoke to Richard and asked him what it was in particular he loved about working with 3D Filaprint products?

When did you first become aware of us and how did you find out about 3D Filaprint?

Around 3 years ago I was looking for a good, reliable, high quality British supplier with a fast delivery service. I searched the web and found 3D Filaprint. Since then I have built a great relationship with Tim and his team.

How have you found our service and products?

I’ve been combining fine art with high tech design to create some amazing pieces. Tim is like my #3Dprint Filament R & D department and always has time to discuss pro’s and con’s of using particular materials. If I have a particular project and am not sure about how the material might respond to the need (for use with one of my MakerGearM2s) I know that I can call Tim, discuss a project with him and he will usually have some great advice for me. We often chat to develop ideas, it is a two way street.

What do you like best about our service and products?

The two way conversation I have with Tim.  It’s not just a sale, it’s about building a community of knowledge. He spends time with customers and because of his knowledge of the industry and it’s fast paced developments and products he’s great to discuss ideas with.

    

Tell us more about the use of the Skyblue PLA in your last project. What did you make and why? Did you design it yourself or use a template?

The parts were created from scratch to enable the creation of my very special 3Dprinter. It is special as it uses polymer slide bearings so can be used in most environments.This followed on from a collaboration with the German company IGUS, worldwide manufacturer and distributor of plastic plain bearings, spherical bearings, linear guides, cable carriers and continuous-flex cables.  Using the gantry as the focus of the project I created a plethora of parts for a 3D printer build project. Use PLA as it’s safe to print and quick and easy to use.

How long did it take to print?

I iterate and apply constantly, since commissioning the gantry and chassis I have taken me about 3 weeks to get from gantry and chassis to 80% complete, which was about 10 – 15 days solid work.  I was able to run the project faster as one of my MakerGearM2 printers has been engineered to run faster.

      

What other projects are you running using 3D Filaprint filament?

Many of my projects use filament supplied by Tim. There are lots and very varied applications!

What advice would you give to children and young people who are at school and would be interested in pursuing a similar career?

Get good at 3D modelling, understand the use of tools and your hands and combine 3D technology with traditional understanding.

Thank you to Richard Grant for taking the time to speak to us briefly about #3Dprojects, #3Dcommunity and #3DFilaprint.

You can find out more about Richard online:-

If you need some inspiration take a browse through the amazing filaments we have in our store on our filament guide. You can also give our team a call for more advice 01702 611027.