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Artist Spotlight: Champion 3D

Submitted by Media on Thu, 16/04/2020 - 15:27

Champion 3D is a 3D printing studio based at our Catford Dek studios, since March 2019. We spoke with Founder Josef Dunne to find out a bit more about the company, their work and their current efforts 3D printing PPE face shields for the NHS. 

Could you tell us a little bit about your company? 

I’m Josef Dunne, Founder of Champion 3D, which I started as a hobby at home in early 2016. Champion 3D has since grown into a small but fast-growing 3D printing studio based at Catford Dek in south-east London. Our primary services are 3D printing and 3D Modelling (CAD) for artists, architects, product designers, students and others. No project is too small and no project is too big, over the years we’ve worked on some amazing things, with large corporations, individual artists, to classic car restorers and more. We use recycled and biodegradable materials for almost all our work and sustainability is something we take into consideration. 3D printing makes manufacturing local and rapid and more environmentally friendly and enables you to iterate or visualise an idea or design faster.

What are you working on at the moment?

A lot of our clients are art and design students, architectural practices, film & TV and product designers. Since the outbreak of Coronavirus orders have reduced greatly. We’ve now focused most of our resources on producing PPE Face shields, as well as 3D printing small orders for existing customers. Interestingly, we’re also attracting a new client base; we’re 3D printing for tradespeople that cannot get the supplies they need, like conduit for electricians and brick stamps for builders. 3D printing can find a use in many industries and when supplies are low people turn to other solutions that they may not have thought of previously.

 

Since the lockdown has been in place, how have you adapted your working environment?

Our studio is a clean environment. Dust and dirt do not go well with 3D printers, so not much has changed there. Other than that, about 70% of our resources have been pushed towards 3D printing PPE Face shields and other requests to assist the fight against COVID-19 during this period.

How can people support your company/project at this time?

During this time, our biggest challenge is sourcing enough clear A4 transparent plastic sheets to complement the 3D Printed Face Shields. If anyone has or knows anyone that has access to these sheets, and/or a laser cutter do get in touch using the contact details our website. Also, if anybody needs any 3D printing, our studio is processing orders during this time.

What are your future plans and what message would you like to share with others?

3D Printing is an amazing technology that can be utilised across so many industries, it really does traverse almost everything. Our future plans once we get through this difficult period are to continue to grow our business, support our existing customers and educate and teach more people about this technology and how it can be useful to them. If you have any ideas or have always wanted to see how this technology works, get in touch and let’s see how we can collaborate on your project. 

To read more about some of the other projects that Champion 3D has worked on, check out:

Third Thumb Royal College of Art Graduate Project by Dani Clode

3D Printed Tower for Bartlett School of Architecture