With 3D Printing, Fvauz Breaks Free from Design Restrictions

Fauzan (left) and friends. Source: Fvauz instagram

Fauzan (left) and friends. Credit: Fvauz

Fauzan Baharudin believes in making a difference to lives. It stems from his constant interest in solving problems and to design solutions with practical and aesthetic value. For this, he turns to 3D printing as “it saves time, money, and effort which he could use to design”.

Proud of his First Design

Having a creative mind and no background in 3D design, he scoured the internet for easy-to-learn software. His to-go 3D modelling software are Google Sketchup and 123D Design due to their easy usage and abundance of tutorials for novice designers.

His first design was a set of customised buttons used on a baju melayu, a traditional Malay outfit for men.

“I have always wondered whether it is possible to change the buttons on a baju melayu as they have always looked the same,” explains Fauzan over a Skype interview. “I look at these limitations and I wonder what I can do differently.” When he first created these buttons for himself, it took him four tries before he got the dimensions right. From then on it was easier to customise the button designs according to customer requests.

“It feels encouraging to say that I designed these buttons myself whenever people ask me where I got them,” says Fauzan.

Customised set of buttons on a baju melayu

Customised set of buttons on a baju melayu. Credit: Fvauz

Other works

Nature has always inspired Fauzan as some of the strongest structures are found in nature, especially the honeycomb shape. He observes the shape of solid lines and sharp edges and tries to incorporate these elements with traditional design to create new and better products.

Some of Fauzan’s other works include a wristwatch holder and honey dipper, created because of his love of the honey lemon drink. Designed like a turbine and made of ceramic, the only food safe material currently available, it is used to scoop honey and as a stirrer. It is currently a prototype, and is not for sale yet on his website.

Fauzan's son was mesmerised by the 3D printed honey dipper and due to the turbine looking design, he intuitively used it as a stirrer for his drink. Credit: Fvauz

Fauzan’s son was mesmerised by the 3D printed honey dipper and due to the turbine looking design, he intuitively used it as a stirrer for his drink. Credit: Fvauz

As a full-time electrical engineer, he has faced some restrictions to design freedom. “At work, I can’t use my creativity and imagination to its full extent. So I try to channel it elsewhere, mainly through my hobbies like designing new products or composing music. I would rather do something to contribute.”

He believes that creativity is something people should explore, and 3D printing can help bridge that gap in the creation process. However, there are limitations that need to be addressed.

“The good thing about 3D printing is how there’s no need to keep inventory,” adds Fauzan. “But it is still expensive. My designs are printed and shipped from America and the Netherlands and most of the time the delivery charges are more expensive than the printed products.”

Fauzan is optimistic that 3D printing will continue to grow at a faster rate. It is still a bit expensive now, but prices will come down. It is the next disruptor for the supply chain to fill in the digital vortex, similar to Uber and Grab disrupting the transport industry. He hopes to create more products in the future to change lives for the better.

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