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The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast

Jun 26, 2017

Unique 3D printing innovations (like printing furniture) – Eugene Pentland – ep 34

Eugene Pentland runs Pentland Designs (as a side job), a company that uses 3D printing to create every day mechanical solutions. He has come up with solutions like a quick access wallet, a solution to never needing to tie your shoes again, or sorting your spare change.

We discuss his role at Pico Turbine (his full time job) where they use 3D printing in a wide range of applications, like coming up with unique solutions for disabled kids at a rehab facility.

We also talk about a large format 3D printer that is used to 3D print office chairs (it uses a massive nozzle diameter of 3mm).

Some other areas touched on:

Eugene’s invention: shoe lace lock

What software does Eugene design in? – Mainly,  Autodesk fusion 360 but he also has used Solidworks and Creo parametric

Key Takeaways

  1. At the beginning of our conversation, he warns about getting a low end 3D printer. There will probably be issues. But if you have time, it can also be a good way to learn the machine from having to do repairs
  2. 3D printing is great for problem solving. He has invented 5 or so products that solve some real problems, like the joystick issue and the shoe lace issue. The coin sorter solution on his youtube page is quite impressive.

To Contact Eugene


b.       Youtube channel


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