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An Interview with Phil Newman, Retouch 3D
May 1, 2015
As anyone who has used a 3D printer knows, depending on the material used or the type of printer, a certain amount of finishing may be needed by the user. This could include things like scraping off support structures, smoothing blemishes, etc. Up to this point, that has had to be done manually, and with tools not necessarily ideal for the task. Now, however, thanks to the Retouch 3D, all that might be changing. They have introduced a heated pen that takes care of those tasks and features a complete set of tools specifically designed to do these things. customizable 3D printing space. To learn more about their product and what all it can do, we reached out and were granted an interview with Phil Newman, founder of 3D 2.0 who created the Retouch 3D. The interview was conducted via email, and the transcript is here below.
1) What was it that prompted the design and creation of the Retouch 3D?
2) When was 3D 2.0 founded? Who are the key members of your team and what are their responsibilities?
3) In the video from your website, it talks about some of the "traditional" ways people had to resort to clean up their 3D prints. Were these types of things members from the team had experience with or were frustrated by?
4) Without giving away too much information, can you talk us through the technology behind the Retouch 3D?
5) Will the Retouch 3D work with any kind of filament, or is it limited to particular types?
The technology behind Retouch3D is heat focused; therefore, our temperature settings will enable working with all types of materials that are shaped under heat. We plan to test various 3D printing materials with our beta testers.
6) Can you talk a little bit about the 5 interchangeable tool ends that come with the device and what their functions are? Are there plans to expand to other tools in the future?
And yes, since this is our first Retouch3D model we plan to make adjustments and offer additional tips and possibly finishing tools to our product assortment. The 3D finishing space is constantly changing as new 3D materials and printer technology is becoming available to the market.
7) Which types of users have you aimed the Retouch 3D at primarily in your minds?
8) As a tool that requires heating/cooling, what types of precautions should users take when using the Retouch 3D? Are gloves or other protection required, or does the heat get distributed in such a way that users do not feel it?
The heat is distributed to the tip of the device therefore users don?t require gloves. The tool is designed to lay flat on a surface when not in use. We plan to offer a Retouch3D base unit, which will include storage of the device and tips offering air vents to allow for the device to cool down faster.
9) What is your timeline for the Retouch 3D? When do you anticipate beginning to ship the units and what do you anticipate the final price will be for those that do not participate in your Kickstarter campaign?
10) Are you demonstrating your product at any upcoming tradeshows? Where could someone see the tool in action in person?