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An Interview with Cooper Carrasco, ANDesign
May 6, 2016
As we noted in our previous interview with AstroPrint’s Drew Taylor, to say that 3D printing has become a massive technology may not be giving the industry enough credit. With Drew we discussed what his company was doing to help users with the technology, and in today’s segment, we flip back to the other side, and get the perspective of a company using the technology to get their work done. We connected with Cooper Carrasco of ANDesign Lab, an Orange County and Los Angelese, CA-based Industrial Design consultancy which actively uses MakerBot printers in their work for their clients. The interview was conducted via email and our questions with his answers appear below:
1) What prompted the decision to begin with 3D printing? Had someone at your company seen or had experience using a 3D printer?
Every one of the designers at ANDesign had experience with 3d printers during college. Most design programs are equipped with 3D printers.
2) Who are the people involved with 3D printing at ANDesign Lab and what are their roles
3) As a marketing and design firm, do you think owning a 3D printer serves to set you apart from your competition? Is this a trend you have seen that is picking up across your industry?
4) What type(s) of 3D printers do you own, and what software and materials are you printing with?
5) How long do most of your builds take (on average) for clients
6) Do you have plans to expand your 3D printing over the next 1-3 years?
7) What has been the reaction of your clients to having this type of service available to them through your company?
8) What are some examples of the most interesting or unique things clients have asked you to design or build for them thus far?
We 3d printed all the prototype pieces that go on the inside of the jacket and hold the blinker light system together. Because of our 3D printer, we're able to perfect the size of the electrical components. That's very important because, with garments especially, you want the product to be comfortable and the electronics to be as concealed as possible.
9) What advice, if any, would you have for other marketing and design firms who are considering adding this capability?
10) Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about 3D printing at ANDesign or your company?