Welcome to our latest blog post, where we had the pleasure of interviewing JEAN.M.S., a talented 3D model designer who has been creating stunning 3D designs for over a year. With a background in engineering and business, JEAN has combined his passion for R/C airplanes and helicopters with his 3D modeling skills to create 8 incredible 3D models. In this interview, we delve into JEAN's background, his design process, and his thoughts on the future of 3D printing. Get ready to be inspired!
1. Tell us more about your background. When did you start creating 3D models? - My name is JEAN. M.S. 41 years old and male, married, I live in the Republic of South Korea. - Majored in Engineering / Business - Running my own private business. - R/C(Radio Control) Airplane, Helicopter for hobby about 17 years. - I'm interested in everything that files, even if it's an airplane, an insect, or a falling leaf, from after my boy days. - About 1 year ago, I thought about the reality of building R/C airplane using 3D printers, and looking at the many examples that have already tried, I decide that it was worth trying. - After 3 months of modeling practice, there are currently 8 models, starting with the design of the first aircraft in Feb. of this year. - Since I design in my spare time, It takes about a month to design one model.
2. What software do you use? - I'm designing using Fusion360. It is a very good design tool. Of course, there are programs for professionals such as SolidWorks, but people can access it without too much cost, and it is more familiar if they have used Autodesk CAD. - The method of continuously capturing time-scheduled work logs is also very useful. - Cloud-based tasks can reduce the load on the user's computer, but there is an occasional delay and error. #ref06~#ref10
3. What is the most exciting object that you have ever created? - What I design is always an airplane. And the most exciting part is when I see that the plane actually flies well. Unlike designing small toys or non-moving objects such as trinkets, R/C airplanes have very clear functional goals. It must be LIGHT, STURDY, and BEAUTIFUL in shape, yet have INTENDED FLIGHT PERFORMANCE. This inevitably requires knowledge of engineering calculations and structural design, and a review for realization by 3D printing must be made at the same time. - Recently I designed a sailplane(glider) with a wingspan of 3 meters. Since someone else designed a sailplane of a similar size, the flight weight was about 2.5kg, So I made a lot of effort to make it lighter than this, and as a result, the flight weight was achieved at 1.6kg. A whopping 36% weight reduction!! And it showed fantastic flight performance. - When you imagine a long and slender wing, making it so that it doesn't bend or break easily is much harder than you think, especially if it's 3D printed. I think there is a reason why many people in this field do not challenge or fail. - Other than that, designing aircraft with unique shapes is a great pleasure. For example, a plane designed in the shape of a Flying Fish, not only flies well but also has the shape of a fish, so the people around it and children enjoy it as well. #ref11~#ref16 Youtube Channel
4. Do you think that 3d printing is a promising direction? What do you believe it will be mostly used for in the near future? - I think 3D printing will continue to grow significantly in the future. As can be seen from all the history of mankind, the advancement of technology can be said to be human instinct. Although the concept and principle of 3D printing have been around for decades, it has only been used limitedly in the industry until now, and individual users are at the level of printing small toys or figures. - Continuous technological development of printing methods, materials, and filaments will revolutionize the scope of the use of 3D printing. - Even in the case of R/C airplane, which was traditionally made of wood, film, and foamed plastic materials, many people's research has led them to be grafted onto 3D printing. - In which fields 3D printing will be the most in the future, it will depend on the speed of development of the technology field. It will also have to do with the prevalence of 3D printers. If you look at the industrial field, I think it can be divided into three main categories. - The first is that the manufacturing method of the product that companies used to manufacture and sell will change. - Second, the composition of the product itself will change. - Third, the market for 3D printer users will expand significantly. - Along with companies manufacturing and selling products, there will be many high-quality products that consumers can print for themselves. - In the short term, 3D printers will not be able to keep up with the production speed and quantity of traditional methods, so for the time being, they will remain as prototypes in the industrial field and in the hobby of individual users. - However, if we consider the stages of development and dissemination of dot, inkjet, and laser printers in the past, many things will change depending on that technology standard will be most popular in the next generation after FDM type printer, which is currently the most popular for individual users.
5. Are there any favorite artists and/or 3D creators that you would recommend for inspiration? - The airplanes I design are either real or entirely based on my imagination and observing surrounding objects and no designer particularly inspired me. Of course, there are many great designers and they appreciated their value, but in the case of R/C airplanes, there are many engineering elements, so in terms of general designers, I cannot get much help from them. #ref17~#ref20
6. Do you have any helpful tips or advice for people looking to dive into the world of 3D printing? - If someone wants to design an R/C airplane that can be 3D printed, it would be helpful to refer to other designers in the same field, but the number doesn’t seem to be that many. - They should try to understand the functional goal of the R/C airplane and reflect on the engineering approach to achieve it in the design stage. - Even if it’s not an R/C plane, simply printing someone's design that already exists doesn’t require much effort. Ultimately, printer users will need to have the ability to design for themselves. Not everyone can do it, but anyone can try. - Rather than just slicing a given file and hitting the print button, it's a good idea to observe the original modeling file from others as closely as possible and learn its structure and method.