Drew Cox: We are both tinkerers, makers, and inventors. Adam [Brandejs] specializes in electronics and design, while I'm more engineering and software.
Novedge: Partnerships are powerful, but can also be difficult. How did you two come together? What makes your collaboration successful?
Drew Cox: We met through working in Advertising. We both had a love for interesting tech, and Adam knew every cutting edge thing that was out there. So we started working together on projects and one of the ideas was for a laser based 3D Scanner. We work well together because our skills only overlap where it's important. Otherwise we are both pretty eclectic individuals.
Novedge: Why do we need the Matterform?
Drew Cox: Maybe not need, but want. 3D Scanning is a technology that is new to a lot of people, and the more people that get to try it out, the more interesting things we find to do with it. Right now there are a lot of people from all walks of life who are interested in the Matterform 3D Scanner. Everything from medical and dental applications, to artists, or dads wanting to save their daughters plasticine sculptures. The uses are really unlimited.
Novedge: You received great support on Indiegogo. What advice would you give to anyone looking into financing their project using that platform?
Drew Cox: We used Indiegogo because it was open to Canadians. It's important to remember, with any crowd funding platform, that you be honest, and make sure you communicate to your backers as much as possible.
Novedge: Do you have a 3D printer at home? Or do you use a 3rd-party 3D printing service?
Drew Cox: We use both. We have a few different 3D printers here in the shop, but we also use local services such as 3DPhacktory, and online services to help us print parts when we need them.
Novedge: What software do you use to prepare your files for 3D printing?
Drew Cox: We use a wide array of professional and free software. It depends what we are doing. I am a big fan of Solidworks, but it's not for beginners. Blender and SketchUp are great free modelling packages. After that we use Repetier (with Skeinforge and Slic3r) to print our own parts here.
Novedge: Are we in the midst of a 3D printing revolution?
Drew Cox: For sure! I want to live in a world where we can fabricate whatever we want without big machines and lots of restrictions.
Novedge: What's next for the Matterform and for you?
Drew Cox: We're just focused on finishing the production of the Matterform Scanner, and polishing off all the software. Of course we never stop tinkering and developing new ideas, so hopefully there will be some surprises to come.
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