Designer’s Personal Fabrication: Understand the Designers Who Learn 3D Printing Design in China

  • Jue RenEmail author
  • Leirah Wang
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 850)


The main area of 3D printing is about material science, STEM education for kids, industrial engineering and applications in medical science in China. And a new wave of customized 3D printing application raises up in fashion, jewelry, food and furniture industry recently. More and more students who major in architecture and art want to turn their career into 3D printing design. Taking Xuberance’s professional 3D printing designer workshop as a case study this paper presents the role of 3D printing designers to the massive change in the pattern of interactive computing. We find that designers who learning 3D printing design skill are taking it for personal development and success in career and startup. This self-driven learning purpose make designers as one kind of end user for 3D printing material, printers, software and training courses. At the meanwhile, these 3D printing designers are making new products for their own customers. It is 3D printing designer, not 3D printers, connecting the industry and the customers, and introduce new domain knowledge from end users into industry with customized 3D printing products, such as untrained end users can get one haute couture with design only could be seen in architecture before.


3D printing designer Personal fabrication 



We would like to thank all the informants who are interviewed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Harbin Institution of TechnologyShenzhenChina
  2. 2.XubranceShanghaiChina

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