I’m often frustrated by the perception of many Europeans and Americans toward the people of Syria. Because of the migrant crises in Europe and populist politicians, those people are often named terrorists, Islamists, invaders, barbarians. You name it. This is attitude is so wrong. Most Syrians are well educated and peaceful folks. They have given to the world notable scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs. Probably many of you don’t know but the biological father of Stave Jobs (yes, the same Steve Jobs that co-founded Apple and invented the iPhone you’re reading this article on) was Abdulfattah "John" Jandali who was born in Homs, Syria. There are also Syrians in the 3D printing industry. One of them is the 3D designer and inventor Mohsen Abbasi. He was so kind to accept my invitation and to tell us couple of words about himself, his art and ongoing projects.
Tony, Threeding.com: Hi Mohsen. Thank you very much for accepting my invitation for this interview.
Mohsen Abbasi: Hi, you're welcome. Thank you for invitation me.
Tony, Threeding.com: Can you tell me more about you and your art?
Mohsen Abbasi: I'm a Product Designer and Developer, not a 3D Artist. That means, I don't design freeforms or similars. Well, sometimes I design personal jewellery, but this is very rare. I'm also an Engineer in Electronics.
Tony, Threeding.com: How did you become 3D designer and when did you start creating models for 3D printing?
Mohsen Abbasi: Early I was a Graphic Designer and it was my start in Freelancing. I was 15 years old. But earlier I could create 3D objects on papers. I was 12 years old once I have decided for the first time to create a 3D sketch of my lovely race boat. It was in Perspective Projection. I could learn it by my self, by analyzing the reality.
After some years I had a course on Autocad. Then I had the chance to learn about Mechanical Drawing, Cloning Methodes without Scanners and manufactoring in an industrial company. 3D-Printing was not available. Prototypes were produced also with CNC-Mashines.
After some years in Germany I decided to learn about working with Additive Manufacturing alone, to be able to work in this field and help with supporting of my clients more. This was after getting a very hard job from a Research Institute of a medical object. With my big experience in Reverse Engineering and manufacturing methods, 3D-Printing give me and my clients more ability.
Tony, Threeding.com: How do you create your 3D models?
Mohsen Abbasi: Basicly I use my paid Software "Alibre Design", but depend on the job I can use some other free tools, which are very helpful, like Meshmixer, Blender and some others.
Tony, Threeding.com: What is your favorite 3D model?
Mohsen Abbasi: It is a cola-gun-head, which make much of fun in the summer with friends. I developed it in the last summer and after some changes it is ready now. Some testers will make a video of it and after that it can be ordered online.
Tony, Threeding.com: What was the most challenging project you have worked on so far?
Mohsen Abbasi: It is also the hardest model I made ever, which had a design duration of 9 months. It was a development from a Research Institute to make an ultralight Arm-Supporter to reduce the wait from 1-3kg to under 180g by a fracture of the arm. The form and the dimensions of every element have to be exact. The result was totally nice, but not published.
Tony, Threeding.com: What are your personal and art plans for the feature?
Mohsen Abbasi: Well, because I'm also an Engineer in Electronics and have much of ideas of products and technologies, I try since some months to open a Development Company. With my both knowledge fields I can reach good results. But first I try to collect my basics of my planed Startups using Crowdfunding. I hope through that to be able to open my company independent of traditional investors, because I had much of bad experiences with them.
Tony, Threeding.com: How do you thing 3D printing will develop?
Mohsen Abbasi: One of the things I want to develop is a High-speed 3D-Printing Technology for big objects. It is not a traditional technology, which work quickly. No, it is a new method. When I can realize it, I don't know. I try and hope to open my Startup soon.
To find out more about Mohsen, visit his website, his Threeding store and follow him on Twitter.