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Bringing Well-known Landmarks to your Desktop with 3D Printing

Danny Sanchez, the founding father of MiniWorld, creates 3D fashions of well-known world landmarks for everybody to print and luxuriate in no matter the place they stay!

Posted on January 4, 2019


Chris Morgan

December Hacker of the Month, Danny Sanchez, desires to take you all over the world – together with your 3D printer! The creator of MiniWorld, a web-based catalog of 3D printable landmarks, Danny retains himself busy maintaining with requests from across the globe.

Danny was born and raised in Mexico Metropolis, in addition to Celaya and Queretaro in central Mexico. He has additionally lived within the USA, Thailand and at the moment resides in Morocco. It’s no surprise that Danny is concerned in recreating world landmarks – he’s been to fairly a number of of them himself.

Danny is an industrial designer by coaching, with product UX/UI (Consumer eXperience/Consumer Interface) design being his foremost career. Throughout his time in design faculty, round 2009, he took a number of 3D modeling courses when 3D printing was nonetheless comparatively obscure. The college owned an enormous powder-medium 3D printer, which he was solely ready to make use of twice. Comprehensible, as a result of again in 2009 the machine was extraordinarily costly to personal, and particularly cost-prohibitive to make use of for easy faculty tasks.

However round 2012, Danny designed an inhaler for kids with bronchial asthma and a pair toys for a contest, the place the prize was a 3D printer. This being his first try at designing explicitly for FDM printing, Danny wasn’t anticipating a lot, however he ended up profitable the competitors and obtained a Leapfrog Creatr 1.0, which began him on the 3D printing highway he’s on right this moment.

In fact, having a 3D printer and making it work correctly are two separate beasts, and Danny actually acquired to chop his enamel on the Leapfrog, studying all about leveling, printer upkeep, calibration, clogged nozzles, and the whole lot in between. However he realized rather a lot and have become higher at designing and test-printing, turning into more adept in each facet of 3D printing.

At present, Danny’s main 3D printer is an XYZPrinting DaVinci Jr. 1.0, which inserts his wants. He primarily makes use of white PLA as a result of he likes to color his prints.

After 3D printing, utilizing his industrial designing training and coaching, Danny makes use of a number of totally different post-processing methods. For his MiniWorld prints he retains it easy and simply makes use of acrylics with small brushes – as a result of they’re so small, there isn’t a lot else wanted to make them look superb. Nonetheless, when he does sort out bigger tasks like prototypes or props, he’ll sand, fill, prime, masks, spray paint and use different ending particulars like decals to make his items look as reasonable as doable.

Danny realized parametric and floor modeling in faculty with software program starting from SolidEdge, Inventor, SolidWorks, and Rhinoceros. At present, he makes use of Autodesk Fusion 360 as a result of it fits his wants, runs on a Mac and is nice for modeling structure and retaining his 3D modeling expertise honed!

However what are the origins of his latest enterprise, MiniWorld? Danny explains, “MiniWorld’s origin is superior. A pal requested me if 3D printing might assist blind and visually impaired individuals know what well-known buildings and landmarks are like since they will’t see footage of them, or fathom the form and scale by being there or simply touching the partitions. This triggered the concept in me of merging my passions for journey, 3D modeling, and serving to others – and MiniWorld was born!”

“What initially began as an excuse to maintain my parametric modeling expertise sharp has grown into an incredible enterprise. It has led me to attach with a number of 3D printing and modeling fanatics, printer and filament firms, and set up a model and my title as a good creator and contributor to the ever-growing on-line catalog of STL recordsdata.”

“That is probably the most passable impact of my work. Each with MiniWorld and as Danny Sanchez Designs I’ve been capable of assist individuals do issues they’ve by no means achieved earlier than. From the visually impaired feeling what probably the most well-known buildings of their cities are like for the primary time, to oldsters thanking me for the inhalers their youngsters use and love. And naturally, common 3D printing makers that thank me for bringing to life a landmark of their nation or an amazing memento of their travels.”

Danny has additionally had his 3D fashions utilized in video video games and digital actuality purposes as nicely, giving his abilities multiple skilled and private outlet. His new MiniWorld enterprise has additionally allowed him to contain previous buddies and new collaborators who’ve designed fashions or are serving to to test-print new designs. Up till this level, with out new relationships like this, Danny was making an attempt to plow by an enormous listing of requests on his personal. With new partnerships, he can now see a lightweight, even when it’s a small one, on the finish of the tunnel.

Danny additionally likes the sustainability of the digital fashions he creates, “The time I put into modeling a landmark is effective greater than as soon as – the file might be 3D printed as many occasions as wished, in quite a lot of scales and supplies, so my work can attain many extra individuals. As well as, they’ve the freedom of customizing it any means they like.”

In fact, like most Makers, Danny hopes to see 3D printing grow to be extra accessible and cheap so others could make their very own creations – and 3D print extra of his creations as nicely!

What’s subsequent for Danny? “MiniWorld is ever-growing; we have now a queue of landmarks to create that grows quicker than we will mannequin them. Some thrilling landmarks to sit up for: Pre-hispanic archaeological websites, Southeast Asia, Morocco, the most important catalog of buildings of Mexico Metropolis, and the total world map of The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time.”

We will’t wait to see all of the unbelievable fashions of world landmarks that Danny and MiniWorld provide you with sooner or later!

If you happen to’re concerned with looking the MiniWorld assortment of landmarks, you will discover them on MyMiniFactory right here:


You may also observe common updates from Danny and MiniWorld on their Instagram web page right here:


Need to be our subsequent Hacker of the Month? E mail chris.morgan@matterhackers.com, and inform us about your 3D printed creations – you might be featured in our subsequent publication. Hacker of the Month wins 3 free spools of PRO Collection PLA or ABS filament to additional their pursuit of 3D printing greatness!

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