i.materialise recently sponsored the price for the Doga CG robot contest in Japan, by 3D printing the winning design.

Hiro, our Japanese colleague, had the chance to meet the winner, Yuunagi – to give his price and to ask him some questions. You can read his answers below, along with some pictures of his 3d printed robot character.

Yuunagi is a 3d model hobbyist active in Computer graphics since 6 years. He creates amazing renders of robot characters.

Hi Yuunagi, Did you enjoy the contest and the award?

“It was a great challenge, open for everyone to participate, also for beginners. Those challenges are a great chance to sharpen your 3D modeling skills. I will participate in the next one for sure.”

What do you think on your 3D printing model?

“I was surprised and excited to win the challenge. It’s amazing to see how my design came alive as a real model. It’s fun to touch it. I heard 3d printing is used a lot in the industry, but it’s great to see that these technologies now become available for consumers. Great!”

“I like the quality of the details of my 3D printed model. It was a bit strange though to see that the transparent parts of my digital model are not transparent in the real model.”

How did you create your design?

“I am using Doga software since the start, which is a freeware 3D modeling package. I created my robot using the standard template parts provided in the software. The arms I have designed myself, to make the end result look better.”

What are your future plans?

“I will keep on designing new objects. I am specifically interested in creating some interior models, and use 3D printing to make them real. Thank you guys. You will see me back in your following challenges!”

We look forward to that Yuunagi ! Thanks for participating and congratulations.