Interview with Jayson Wall

by Victoria Saha March 24, 2016


VICTORIA :How were you first introduced to 3D printing?  

JAYSON: I was first introduced to 3D printing though YouTube videos! About a two years ago, I read an  article on the airplane about this company 3D printing a useable wrench, but could not understand what they meant by 3D printing an object. It made absolutely no sense to me because there were very little photos on the article. Right when we landed, I researched 3D printing and as soon as I saw a time lapse of an object being printed, my mind was blown away! I then watched every video I could find about this crazy additive manufacturing process and a few months later decided to buy a 3D printer to dive in the fun.

VICTORIA:What fascinated you the most about this new technological advancement?

JAYSON:The thing that excited me the most about 3D printing was being able to create any object from my brain within a few hours!  I’m a filmmaker too, so my first initial thoughts were “how can I use this in filmmaking”? I could create strange custom camera mounts, special effect props, or print miniature sets to shoot, the ideas went on and on.


VICTORIA:The Cat armor that you created for your cat Bobo is pretty awesome. What went into designing and creating it?

JAYSON:3D Printed Cat Armor was a long and fun project. Bobo, my street cat, and I worked for almost a year on design, functionality, and other silly ideas. We first sketched the cat armor a few different ways on paper until we were diggin’ the look and vibe. All I knew is, it had to have spikes! Then we went into Cinema4D to start the 3D modeling. The design took a lot of trial and error to get the size and shape correct. Then, over the next few months we’d add little things here and there like more spikes, a catnip holder, a name tag ring, leash hole for walking, until we felt the design was complete. We opened up the project for collaboration to try and create a badass cat helmet to go with the armor. We had amazing submissions from all over the world and we are about to drop the new Cat Helmet video in a few weeks. It was a ton of fun collaborating with Bobo and subscribers so we can’t wait to do more projects like this in the future!

VICTORIA:Have you come across any challenges with some of your designs? If so, how did you tackle them?

JAYSON :Absolutely! Almost every design has a few challenges to overcome. I love problem solving and that feeling of accomplishment when you finally figure it out. So I think of challenges as a learning lesson or helping me grow as a creator. But it can be very frustrating while trying to figure out the issue! When I get stuck on a designing problem I usually turn to YouTube to watch old 3D modeling videos and see if there are any tips that spark a solution to my situation. If I can’t find any tips to help, I’ll temporarily walk away from the project and sometimes being distant from the project will help you see the answer to your problems when you return. If that doesn’t work, I’ll put the project aside and come back later in life once I’ve learned more.

VICTORIA :How do you decide which items you want to teach the public how to print?

 JAYSON:I usually try to think of something that many people can relate to or a design that can be created with free soft wares, or printed on common printers you can find at schools or public libraries.  Sometimes I create things simply because I want/need the object in my life, and then share the file with the 3D printing community for fun.

On my YouTube channel, I take design challenges from people’s comments and put them on a big list, then one by one, teach the viewers HOW to create their objects with free software, share that .STL file to the rest of the world, and then ship that commenter the first 3D print of their collaboration. So if you have any ideas or challenges, feel free to hit me up on the Print That Thing YouTube.

VICTORIA:What makes you different from other 3D print designers?

JAYSON:I think I’m more into the design and story of an object than the technical aspects of how to print it. I don’t really care what type of printer or type of filament I’m using to get the desired product, as long as the tools work. I’m more excited about the process of sending an idea from my brain into a real life object. I know those technical things are important, but I’m more interested in the design process and the final product than the tools it took to make it. I try not to teach the technical stuff of 3D printing because I feel most printers are slightly different and are changing every day, getting better, larger, faster. I’d rather teach people how to think in 3D to make their ideas tangible.   

VICTORIA:What impact do you hope to make in the 3D printing industry?

JAYSON:I hope to impact people around the world to learn 3D printing and be able to create anything they can think of, so one day, they can share their creations with the rest of us! The entire goal of Print That Thing is to educate and inspire the next generation of 3D printers.

Victoria Saha
Victoria Saha


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