I trained as a designer maker and jeweller. I am not usually inspired by things or by nature. My inspiration comes from understanding the properties of materials and the processes I can use on my materials, whether refractory metals (titanium and niobium), aluminium or steel. Titanium is hard to work and harder to sell! I explored different ways to scale up my business especially around cutting out titanium units. I went from contracting out the saw piercing work to students, to RT Blanking and finally to laser cutting. I had a small grant from the Scottish Development Agency in 1989 to investigate laser cutting refractory metals andRead More →

Crafts Council’s Make:Shift:Do nation-wide events in October: For Make:Shift:Do event Anarkik3D is collaborating with colleagues at Napier University’s Fabrication Studio (School of Arts & Creative Industries) to give two workshops on 28th and 29th October. The skills and knowledge we have between the 4 of us running the workshops will make this a unique opportunity to try your hand at the following processes: ~ digital 3D modelling (using award-winning haptic Anarkik3D Design) ~ see your design being 3D-printed in temperature-responsive material (2 Ultimaker2 3D printers) ~ work with optical fibre and ways of drawing with light ~ explore interesting ways to make your novel creations interactive andRead More →

SlideShare presentation for #shemakes, a GirlGeekAcademy event in Melbourne, Austratia, 10th Sept 2016. Here is more information on each slide: Slide 1. My story: a career move from designer jeweller to running a software development company. The move seems a big leap but is really a very straight path helped along the way through collaborating with super techies and computer scientists and demonstrates the value that STEAM collaborations bring to innovation. Slide 2. My jewellery business specialised in using refractory metals such as titanium and niobium. Refractory metals are not easy to cut by hand but laser cuts them like butter and the technology madeRead More →

V&ADundee’s exhibition ‘Design in Motion’ toured Scotland into June 2015. Anarkik 3D Design 3D modelling software was on board and presented a great opportunity to try haptics (virtual touch) – its amazing and makes working in 3D so much easier!
12th-13th March 2015. Madrid 3DPrintShow: Anarkik3D’s CEO has been invited to give a presentation at this event.
19th April. Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire.
20th April. V&ADundee evening event in Inverness for teachers and lecturers: Anarkik3D’s CEO will give a presentation.
21st – 23rd May. 3DPrintShow London: Anarkik3D will again, 4th year running, have a stand at this fabulous event. Get your tickets now!
10th June. Xpo North: Anarkik3D’s CEO will be on a discussion panel that covers issues within the Creative Industries.
21st June: Exhibition ‘Design in Motion’ organised by V&ADundee and in the Travelling Gallery arrives at the V&A in London.
Mid June. ‘HandMadebyMachine’ exhibition and symposium in Glasgow. Anarkik3D’s CEO will give a presentation Read More →

New to 3D printing and 3D modelling and wanting to know more? Deadline to apply for funding for hands on experience in a 1 or 2 or 3 day workshop is 23rd January 2015. The workshops provide professional expertise and information to understand if these technologies have potential for your practice and business, and whether it is a skill that you could master and enjoy using in your work. Read More →

Originally posted on Mike Press:So Vanilla Ink – the unique Dundee based jewellery start-up incubator and general creative powerhouse – is to shut up shop in the city; for a while at least. Kate Pickering has driven forward Vanilla Ink from an initial hazy notion of what she would have liked to have seen…Learning from Vanilla InkRead More →

Passionate about 3D printing – but can’t do CAD? Here is a link to a SlideShare presentation (http://www.slideshare.net/AnnMarieShillito/) rich in images and information about 3D printing, how to get models and how designer makers and artists are using 3D technologies. The blog is also about a visit to Creative Spark in Dundalk in Ireland to give a 1 day workshop/class on 3D modelling for 3D printing for designers and artists and a drop-in hands-on demo session, a visit to Mcor Technologies to see their impressive colour 3D printers, and a visit to the Fablab in Limerick.Read More →

This is the title of the Presentation I gave at the 3DPrintShow 2014 in London in September about other ways that designers are accessing 3D printing! http://www.slideshare.net/AnnMarieShillito/. I gave the presentation again (more slides added) on 31st October at a drop-in demo session at Creative Spark in Dundalk, Ireland. Creative Spark is a great resourse centre with space for small businesses to rent, with workshops, courses and classes for both learning, making and business development – the reason we were there. The previous day we had given a 1 day course on 3D modelling for 3D printing. To 3D print you have to have the right sort ofRead More →

  Anarkik 3D Design 3D modelling software, great for creating for 3D printing. Anarkik 3D Design: Software developments: Version 2.2 is due for release very soon: sole aim being Windows 7 / 8 support (plus one or two useful enhancements). This is at the current price of £300 (+VAT). V 2.2 will be free for our existing customers who want to switch and use it on Win7/Win8. V 3 will come with a generous special upgrade price offer so please contact us so we can quickly contact you on its release. Version 3 will enhance the Anarkik 3D Design experience that we already give: faster cleaner object manipulationRead More →

Anarkik 3D Design: Software developments & an offer to new customers: Version 2.2 is due for release very soon: sole aim being Windows 7 / 8 support (plus one or two useful enhancements). For a new user this is at the current price of £300 (+VAT). Version 3 will enhance the Anarkik 3D Design experience that we already give: faster cleaner object manipulation (especially for Boolean, replacing the current archetype) international interface support (the first being the UI in Mandarin) licensing: switched to Falcon & not to specific computer, making it easier to upgrade hardware and to move the haptic device(s) to use with other computers/laptops portable codebase:Read More →