We always knew that 2013 would be an exciting year for D2W with the prospect of moving to our new premises at Rochester Place.  The move has indeed been the physical highlight for us, however we could never have anticipated all of the other incredibly stimulating events and projects that took place during the year.

These happenings are too numerous to relate in great detail, so in the spirit of this time of year, here follows a potted timeline of highlights that made 2013 such a landmark year for us.

January

January – MorphoLogic

February

  • The first Kickstarter project in which we were involved obtains funding, so Projecteo hits the world
  • We help to produce the casing of the Buffalo Unit for Buffalo Grid.  A device to bring mobile phone charging to remote parts of Africa
  • 3D production manager Marc Vinall joins the D2W team
February - The Buffalo Unit in the field
February – The Buffalo Unit in the field

March

  • Catherine Wales launches her Project DNA fashion collection to international acclaim
  • Print “Life in the Darkness” range of jewellery for Maria Sokolyanskaya
March – Project DNA

 

April

  • We launch the D2W Nylon Container System. A unique Nylon SLS pricing system that utilizes the full capability of the 3D printer to make prints cheaper and easily budgetable for customers, while simultaneously making life easier for us.
  • Some work produced by us reaches the Milan Design Salon
  • D2W are featured in The Guardian

April - Nylon Containers are launched
April – Nylon Containers are launched

 

May

  • The filament hits the fan regarding 3d printed guns and we debate the project with it’s creator Cody Wilson on the BBC World Service
  • D2W subsequently issue a warning to those tempted to download and experiment with the notorious gun files
  • D2W take part in the London College of Fashion’s inaugural international conference on Digital Fashion

May - The 3D Printed Gun Furore
May – The 3D Printed Gun Furore

 

June

  • D2W assist in the production of the maquette for Marcus Coates’ sculpture shortlisted for the 2014/2015 4th plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square
  • Mammoth removals from Wimpole Street to Rochester Place commence
  • Work with Goldie to produce a master for the bronze casting for a sculpture as part of his Lost Tribes exhibition.

June – Our original EOS P100 is craned out of Wimpole Street

 

July

July – New EOS P110 arrives at Rochester Place

 

August

  • In collaboration with St. H, D2W release news of the development of the foldable, bendable bird house that reveals the remarkable material properties of Nylon SLS
  • D2W feature in a rather confusing episode of the BBC’s Click!
  • D2W launch “Design Us Something Wonderful”, a competition with the prize of having your design printed and displayed as part of the London Design Festival exhibition

August – Folding Bird Box

September

September - London Design Festival Exhibition at Rochester Place
September – London Design Festival Exhibition at Rochester Place

October

  • D2W print beautiful data of the moon obtained from NASA by Oscar Lhermitte
  • D2W print the amazing “Explosion” piece for the RSA (title image)
  • D2W are invited to join the Design and Digital Revolution discussion group run by the Design Commission

October – Moon surface data from NASA

 

November

  • D2W take part in the London 3D Printshow at the Business Design Centre in Islington
  • Our founder, Andrew Dawood, wins the “Inspirational Individual” at the inaugural 3D Printshow awards
  • D2W produce animation stop motion figures for Blink Ink

November - Andrew receives his award
November – Andrew receives his award

 

December

December - D2W in Shenzhen
December – D2W in Shenzhen

 

These are just some of the highlights of an incredible 2013 for us.

There were a multitude of other projects that may have received less attention but were also an incredible joy to be a part of.

The beauty of working with this technology is the incredible diversity of applications that individuals are applying it to.  This means that we are learning about new properties and potential uses every day, which we can then apply to other client ideas.  It’s a privilege to work alongside all of our clients, no matter how large or small their project, to understand their ideas and help to make them a reality.

An enormous THANK YOU to everyone who was part of the journey that was 2013 and wish you all a wonderful 2014, where we eagerly await the further wonders that  you will bring us!