Me
I have been drawing and coming up with new ideas and objects since I was a child.
I would look at things and think, ‘that’s good, but it would be better if . . .’
When I started riding I began drawing and designing a few bike frames a week, amalgamating all the best features and styles I could find. During secondary school, I moved on to skating and, sure enough, I started drawing and designing skates and parts. After some lessons on Solidworks, I went on to make some of these parts in  year eleven, and then used them for another two years.
I realized that in order to further my design ability, I needed to have a better understanding of engineering, manufacturing and materials, so I began a HND in Mechanical Engineering at Exeter College. This opened my eyes to the balance between ‘design for manufacture’ and functionality, whilst learning drafting, AutoCAD and Autodesk Inventor.    
Moving forward, I began studying for a Mechanical Engineering degree at Plymouth University. My HND had put me in good stead for this, but I felt I had lost something and that this course was not right for me. I needed to get back my artistic side, so I changed courses to Product Design, and learnt some of the Adobe suite along the way.
After doing some freelance work around Devon and Dorset I was introduced to John Makepeace OBE, a furniture designer based in Beaminster. Using 3D CAD software as an aid to developing more holistic forms prior to prototyping and creating realistic renders had proven very beneficial to John’s design process. Subsequently I was invited to attend as a VIP guest at Plymouth University graduation ceremony 2015.    
At home, I am part way through building and developing my own 3D printer, and I hope to be able to print clients’ designs along with my own. I am finding that the building and programing process is a very calming and satisfying way of winding down after a busy week.
For a time I worked for an engineering company that insulates subsea valves and spools for oil extraction. My role was to design mould tooling that can be assembled to a client’s spools and then filled with a setting silicon mix. This required an understanding of the casting process, releasing of mould tools, steelwork fabrications and client requirements.
Please get in touch if I could be a valuable addition to your team or design process.
Thank you for reading.
Ben