Why Anarkik3DDesign

Anarkik3DDesign is for creative people like us who are independent minded and progressive in our approach to self development and our practice. As designer makers and applied artists you have the right mindset and skills to successfully explore and exploit the digital technologies of 3D modelling and 3D printing. You just need digital design tools that suit your way of working.

This is why Anarkik3DDesign is developed for people like us to fit well with how we think and make, to give us a way to digitally explore our creativity yet not compromise on our hand making at the bench.

As creative people we love what we do, working with our hands, using physical tools, our knowledge of materials and processes, and our skills, to make a living from our practice. We gain our tacit knowledge about materials and processes through physically making and touch is important for this.

This means that we have assets of competency in real world making to bring to the virtual works of designing digitally for 3D printing. Our experience and knowledge intelligently inform the digital stage, reducing the likelihood of designing the unmakable! (Justin Marshall 2001)

Anarkik3DDesign haptic 3D modelling package: laptop with digital design of a 'bee' pin, plugged in Falcon haptic device and a 3D printed 'bee' pin. Anarkik3DDesign is for people like us - designer makers, applied artists and creative people avoiding using CAD!
Anarkik3DDesign: haptic 3D modelling package for people like us – designer makers, applied artists and creative people avoiding using CAD!

What is special about Anarkik3DDesign?

Anarkik3DDesign is haptic. Haptic means touch and A3DDesign uses 3D virtual touch so that people like us* can engage with 3D digital modelling and 3D printing on our terms. With the sensation of ‘touching and feeling’ we tap into how we naturally interact in the real world. This means we have less adapting to do to get to grips with navigating and working in a three dimensional digital environment. This means being able to get into being creative from the start and achieving a good balance between working digitally and working and thinking through hand-making !

Anarkik3DDesign is easy to set up and get creative

Anarkik3DDesign is ‘plug & play’ because the Falcon haptic device is plug and play. So people like us can get creative as quickly as possible.

Anne Boylan: her work designed on Anarkik3DDesign and 3D printed
Anne Boylan: her work designed on Anarkik3DDesign and 3D printed

Anne Earls Boylan: “Who knew a simple shift for a technological illiterate might be so simple?  It is harder to get to grips with the PC than your programme!” (19/4/2018)

Anarkik3DDesign for PC and Mac

Anarkik3DDesign V3.1 is the latest and is available for either PC and for MAC. The price is the same: £430 + VAT but the download versions are different:  PC from here, the Mac version from here.

(You can update earlier PC version to V3.1)

Anarkik3DDesign and using it

Once you either own A3DDesign or have loaned it you can access resources to support self learning such as video tutorials and worksheets, supplemented by information on keyboard shortcuts, etc..

To hit the ground running Anarkik3D organises workshops, classes and masterclasses which are short and sweet as Anarkik3DDesign is so quick and easy to learn.

Inspiration and designing for 3D printing

For inspiration, visit Anarkik Creations, to see work by professional jewellers who use Anarkik3DDesign. A3DDesign is not only for jewellers: its just that large 3D printed objects can be expensive and jewellery is mostly smallish and high value. 

Have a look at Anarkik3D’s Pinterest Boards.

Anarkik3D’s workshops and courses cover information about using Anarkik3DDesign to create objects to be 3D printed. Models are saved & exported in the file formats of .stl  and .wrl (for colour printing). This page on 3D printing has more information and this page has FAQs regarding designing for 3D printing.

A3DDesign is not just for creating models for 3D printing. Some of us use it for concept visualisation. An idea can be work through in the round before making it at the bench.

Anarkik3DDesign combined with other techniques

The possibilities are endless. The images below show the work of two members of A3DDesign:

Elizabeth Armour finishing her 3D printed jewellery by hand, setting each piece with beads and gemstones.


Elizabeth Armour's jewellery set with silver and pearls

Elizabeth Armour’s jewellery set with silver and pearls

Farah Bandookwala combined the strengths of Anarkik3D Design with the strengths of Rhino, a standard CAD package that she used to design the fittings for the electronics parts in her interactive art. She used ,stl to transfer models between programmes.

Farah Bandookwala's interactive sculpture
Farah Bandookwala’s interactive sculpture

*One of us

Anarkik3D’s founder and CEO, Ann Marie Shillito, is one of us because she is a designer maker and jeweller and use Anarkik3DDesign. For example in 2011 she designed and prototyped her daughter’s wedding ring which was 3D printed in titanium. Below are the stages of development – the models in Anarkik3DDesign, as 3D printed prototypes for testing size, and as the finished rings. The titanium ring was designed to flow around the stone set in the wrought gold and diamond engagement ring that jeweller Teena Ramsay made.

Ann Marie has used her knowledge of making, designing and using digital technologies to write her book: ‘Digital Crafts: Industrial Technology for Applied Artists and Designer Makers’. The book includes the work of many other progressive designer makers and early adopters of 2D and 3D digital technologies. See some images here.

Anarkik3DDesign was used by Ann Marie Shillito to design and prototype the model of wedding ring which was 3D printed in Titanium, and fits around the diamond set in a wrought gold engagement ring.

Mum, having made my wedding ring has given us a unique and special gift

Kari, Ann Marie Shillito’s daughter