Henrik Sozzi is a .net developer. As an associate owner of Poliware S.r.l. in his hometown, Italy, he has the opportunity to develop and work on industrial hardware. In his free time, after his daughters go to sleep, he enjoys 3D mechanical modeling and 3D printing. He loves to improve poor designs or fix things in an elegant way.
How long have you been 3D printing?
I created my first 3D print in 2013; it was a pendant and keychain for my wife. I printed it with Shapeways. I turned it into a customizable product found in my shop.
What initially interested you about 3D printing?
I have always been interested in 3D designing. I started with Autocad and 3D Studio Max for DOS more than 20 years ago. When I discovered 3D printers, they were fascinating instruments. It was amazing to transform something I could design on the screen of my computer into something I could hold in my hands.
I’m interested in producing functional parts that can help in every day life using Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printing. So many things are poorly designed or could be improved in some way. Every day, I see something that could be optimized or a problem that could be resolved using 3D printing. There isn’t a corner in my house you can look at without seeing a 3D printed object.
Have you used a 3D printer before the MOD-t?
No. I’ve designed and ordered many things with Shapeways. Shapeways gives me high quality products but at a very high price (compared to something you print with your own 3D printer). I fell in love with 3D printing after my first Shapeways shipment, the only limit was my wallet. The same happened when I first powered on my MOD-t, but my wallet was no longer a limit since prints are much cheaper! 🙂
How is the user experience of the MOD-t?
The MOD-t has big potential. It’s the spark that will light people up, unlock their creativity and introduce them to the 3D printing world. This is because it is affordable and easy to use. I like it’s unique building plate and the thermal protected hot-end because I can leave the printer alone without any worry that it will burn down my office. This allows children to learn how to 3D print quickly and in complete safety. The MOD-t allows them to start a wonderful journey that, in many cases, will never end.
The MOD-t is a printer that doesn’t break your bank account and is very easy to use. I see it as the ideal first step into the 3D printing world. I’m happy New Matter is giving so many printers to schools. I personally would love to see the same thing happen in Italy too but it’s not so popular here.
Replying specifically to your question: my user experience with MOD-t is great! I use it 100% of the time by printing externally sliced GCode (with profiles that I’ve published to Thingiverse to help others make the first step in slicing for MOD-t). I would love to have some more control on advanced parameters but it’s a personal preference. I’m a programmer and I’ve gained much expertise in 3D printing, so having more control over the process is the natural evolution for me. But, as I said in the beginning, I believe MOD-t user experience is correctly calibrated for first time users.
Do you use 3D printing at your job? If so, how has it changed your workspace?
Yes, I sometimes do. I am an associate in a small company so I spend more of my time at the office than at any other place. My MOD-t resides near my desk. My company makes special/ customized electronic devices. Sometimes we have problems assembling pieces, but 3D printing enables me to quickly resolve those issues. For example, we had to equip a device with two different RFID technology antennas. With a caliper and Fusion 360, I designed a perfect support that ensured the additional RFID antenna stayed in place inside the device with two screws. I printed in 16 copies for the price of about one euro.
What do you think the coolest project/ object you have made with the MOD-t? (If you can include pictures that would be awesome!)
This is hard to reply to since nearly every project/object I have printed has something that satisfies me, every object has taught me something. I have to nominate five objects:
- Intex pool bended outlet: It is the coolest object in the engineering area. There are three interlocking parts, with threads that fit perfectly with each other and with the pool thread. I used OpenScad to design the base. Furthermore, the object is doing a great job in my pool!
- Hidden name keychain: Even though it is a simple design, every person that sees it asks me to make one with his name on it.
- Lumia 950XL dock: It was my first (unreleased) attempt to make something functional that had to be precise. It worked so well that I’m still using it everyday and my colleague wanted me to make one for him too
- My facial cavities scale 1:1: I learned to extract 3D models (of bones, skin or, in this case, cavities) from DICOM TC data that is provided with every TC exam. The high fidelity model in my hand surprised doctors!
- My MOD-t printing bed clips: because they helped me and many other people make difficult prints. I know that some people even use them at New Matter, I’m very happy about that!
You can watch some of my prints on my Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/henriksozzi
In your opinion, what is the future of 3D printing?
I hear the promise that 3D printers will spread in every house. I don’t think that will happen soon. The MOD-t helped to lower the barrier between non-technical people and 3D printers (and that’s good!) However, 3D printing still requires some technical skills. Many steps of 3D printing require experience, from slicing a model to printer maintenance. Knowing what is happening inside the 3D printer helps manage the print process and make the right decisions. Yes, if you use an online store like the New Matter some things are easier. However, the day will come, sooner or later, when you want to print something not included in the store. When this day comes, a non-technical user can have some troubles. I expect 3D printing technology will evolve further, becoming easier and cheaper so that it can spread into more homes.