Chalice
Vase
Bowl
Plate
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Some of my designs displayed in a library

What I do... GenDesigns is about using some of the latest technologies to produce unique and personal items for all sorts of occasions. Using high quality 3D printing allows me to create designs which are almost impossible to create using traditional techniques. These designs are distinguished by the ability to add that personal touch to a range of designs, allowing you to choose the right style for the occasion or message. If there is something different you would like, please get in touch and I will see how this can be accommodated.

A render of the Plate

Choose a design... I have so far created 4 main designs which can be customised to your needs. The images on this page give you an idea of what they are, but please visit the individual pages for more photos of each design and extra details (Please click on the image or select the link under the View Designs menu).

The main feature in each design is the amount of text it can cater for, the larger designs can cater for up to approximately 300 words, whereas the smallest design will more comfortably fit around 70.

What you can do... Each piece is customised with the text of your choice, generating a unique piece which will never be reproduced. This text could be a poem, song lyrics, a prayer, a speech, wedding vows or the wording from an invite or letter. The content could be inspirational, poignant, funny or just a personal message – this is your chance to turn those words into a gift that will be cherished.

A render of the Bowl

Bear in mind... The length of text you want may not be ideal for the design you would like. Too much text on a small piece can make the text small and fragile, a short phrase on a large piece can look very chunky. With short phrases it would be easy to repeat the wording to create a longer piece of text. Longer passages could be abbreviated, but sometimes this loses the sentiment of the text. Please bear this in mind when choosing a design. If you're not sure, then please contact me and I can prepare a mock up image for you to see.

A quick guide to the number of characters and size of the various designs, each design is approximately (with dimensions)...

  • Chalice - 540 characters - 93mm diameter and 147mm tall (3.6"x5.8").
  • Bowl - 600 characters - 123mm diameter and 72mm tall (4.8"x2.8").
  • Vase - 1060 characters - 122mm diameter and 117mm tall (4.8"x4.6").
  • Plate - 1600 characters - 229mm diameter and 38mm deep (9"x1.5").

A render of the Chalice

It is also possible to vary the size, please contact me if you have a specific size requirement.

As each piece is generated and printed for a specific order, each item can take up to 8 working days from ordering to being shipped. So please ensure that you allow plenty of time if you have a specific date for your gift. All parcels shipped from Shapeways are sent via UPS with full tracking, please check for expected delivery times.

A render of the Vase

How about… It is also possible to customize designs in other ways (i.e. changing the shape of the base/stem), or perhaps creating a completely unique design based on your requirements. This would be as additional cost, but I will be happy to try and accommodate your ideas so please get in touch if you want something extra special.
Also if you want a different size, this can be achieved in various ways, either by simply scaling the design or by rebuilding the design. These will both have different costs associated with them, so please ask for a quote.

7" disc of Tears For Fears - Everyone Wants to Rule The World

7" disc… I'm currently working on creating some limited edition 7" discs, based on the original format of a 7 inch vinyl disc but with the lyrics instead of the groove. This is a work in progress and I am currently trying to arrange with artists to get permission to print limited edition sets.

Keep up to date… Register here and I will let you know about new designs and offers. I promise not to flood your inbox with constant ‘buy me’ e-mails, more an update every month or so on new designs and any offers from Shapeways who print my work (i.e. discounts or free shipping offers).

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Vase

This is a simple globe shaped vase with the focus on the walls of the vase being formed by text which can be inspirational, poignant, commemorative or just fun. The text can be varied on request and used for everything from christening gifts, birthdays, weddings to retirement presents, the choice and imagination is left to you to provide a unique and personal gift for someone special. The text can be clearly read in a spiral starting at the rim and curving round to the base of the bowl.

This particular version is based on a song called ‘A Question of Lust’.

As each design is customisable, I can make certain alterations to the general design, so please ask if you want something particular.

This design is made at 122mm diameter and 117mm tall, if you wish to have one made to a different size, then please contact me and I will try and fit your requirements.

For further details or to order, please visit my Shapeways store.

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Bowl

This is a simple bowl design but with the focus on the bowl being formed by text which can be inspirational, poignant, commemorative or just fun. The text can be varied on request and used for everything from christening gifts to retirement presents, the choice and imagination is left to you to provide a unique and personal gift for someone special.

This particular version is based on the classic song - 'What a Wonderful World' by Louis Armstrong.

As each design is customisable, I can make certain alterations to the general design, so please ask if you want something particular.

This design is made at 123mm diameter and 72mm tall, if you wish to have one made to a larger size, then please contact me and I will try and fit your requirements.

For further details or to order, please visit my Shapeways store.

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Chalice

This is a simple chalice design but with the focus on the bowl being formed by text which can be inspirational, poignant, commemorative or just fun. The text can be varied on request and used for everything from christening gifts to retirement presents, the choice and imagination is left to you to provide a unique and personal gift for someone special.

This particular version is based on the Lords Prayer, the text is relatively short and can be clearly read in a spiral starting at the rim and curving round to the stem at the base of the bowl.

As each design is customisable, I can make certain alterations to the general design, so please ask if you want something particular. This could include changing the stem or widening the base. If you have a photo of a particular style, then I can try and get the design to fit with your ideas.

This design is made at 93mm diameter and 147mm tall, if you wish to have one made to a different size, then please contact me and I will try and fit your requirements.

For further details or to order, please visit my Shapeways store.

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Plate

This is a simple plate design but with the focus on the shape being formed by text which can be inspirational, poignant, commemorative or just fun. The text can be varied on request and used for everything from christening gifts to retirement presents, the choice and imagination is left to you to provide a unique and personal gift for someone special.

This particular version is based on the Budhist prayer - 'Prayer for Freedom From Suffering'.

As each design is customisable, I can make certain alterations to the general design, so please ask if you want something particular.

This design is made at 229mm in diameter and 38mm deep, if you wish to have one made to a different size, then please contact me and I will try and fit your requirements.

For further details or to order, please visit my Shapeways store.

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7" disc

There are various shops who sell vinyl records which fans mount on the wall. They use the traditional 7” vinyl single but there are sites who don’t even guarantee that the single is the original song. A friend was looking at these and it made me think about how I could create a similar effect with the lyrics of the song instead of a music groove.

Since then I have started working on the idea of creating a set of limited edition records based on various artists hits. I have already created a few test pieces and the photos show these, both framed and free standing. There is a limitation to the length of text that can reliable be printed onto these, but this is part of selecting the right songs to try and work with.

Currently I am trying to arrange to get permission to reproduce the lyrics from a few artists to launch what will be a relatively small set of prints (probably up to 100, depending on what is agreed). The black and metallic silver versions allow me to produce two levels of limited editions.

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