Postdoctoral Researcher, Industrial Designer, Kickstarter, 3D Printing Geek.

After spending (too many!) years at university, documenting my research has become a habit I can’t shake, so I’m using this blog to keep track of ongoing projects and experiments into everything 3D printing and digital technology (at least the ones that aren’t top secret!). Hopefully some of the discoveries, failures and stories will benefit those of you riding this roller-coaster with me.

Below you will find links to a range of places you can follow my work, and stay up to date with the latest behind-the-scenes projects. In 2017 I had a successful Kickstarter project which you might enjoy tracking called Robot Picasso – a hacked 3D printer capable of drawing abstract portraits automatically.

Please share, comment and enjoy.

James Novak.


I have also been involved with:aqdigital-champ-medallion-100-144-v2

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  1. Dear James, my name is Jorge Lopes , I also work with 3D printing stuff in Brazil – you can see some of my works on these two links : (http://www.dezeen.com/2009/07/16/the-fetus-project-by-jorge-lopes-dos-santos/) and
    ( http://www.designboom.com/technology/next-life-labs-puc-rio-3dbot-3d-printing-robot-brazil-09-16-2014/).

    I came into your work through a research about 3D printing and I would like to invite you to participate on the next edition of Brazilian Design Biennial will be held in Florianópolis, in the State of Santa Catarina, in the South of Brazil, from May 15 to June 12 with your 3D printed bike.

    The main subject will be “Design for All”, under the curatorship of Adélia Borges (www.adeliaborges.com) who invited me to organize the exhibition. The event is an initiative of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) and the Competitive Brazil Movement (MBC), supported by Apex-Brazil and the Government of Santa Catarina and promoted by the Federation of Industries of Santa Catarina (Fiesc) and Santa Catarina Association of Design (Design SC).

    The Biennial will happen in several venues of the city, including museums, cultural centers, parks, public areas and universities. It will comprise cultural exhibitions, seminars and workshops, among other activities.

    Among the exhibitions that will be presented there is “The Makers and Digital Materialization”, devoted to feature the new directions in digital manufacturing, covering mainly objects developed through 3D printing. We would be very pleased to include it in this exhibition. If you are interested in participating, we ask you to please complete the attached file by November 23. Unfortunately we are not able to invite you to come to the opening that will happen in May 15 2015. Of course we will be responsible for shipping and insurance of each product / project selected for the Biennial.

    Thank you ,
    best regards, Jorge


    • Wow thanks very much for your interest Jorge, sounds great. Unfortunately my bike is already committed to another major 3D printing conference in May so I will have to decline this particular opportunity. All the best with your exhibition, I look forward to reading about it.



  2. Hello James, I´m playing around 3d scanning and I´d like to something about your experience scanning your face. May you please tell the programns was used, the distance from camera and light conditions and what kinkd of camera you used. I am making a lot of comparision, working to note some standards so I can share with others makers later.

    Best regards.

    Jorge Lencini
    Porto Velho, Rondônia / Brazil


    • Thanks for the question Jorge. The scan was done using an Artec handheld scanner like this one http://www.artec3d.com/hardware/artec-eva/, although an older model. This was captured using their matching software and saved as an STL for me to import into my 3D CAD software. If you’re talking about using a standard photography camera, you might like to try out a free program from Autodesk called 123D Catch which can produce 3D models by stitching together photos.

      Hope that helps 🙂
      James Novak


  3. Hello James

    My name is Oleg Lysak. I see your project FIX3D Bicycle Frame (http://a-difference-in-making.com/projects/fix3d-bike-frame/). It is fantastic solution.

    I’m working in Tomsk Nanocenter Rusnano (http://en.rusnano.com/about/fiep#/nanocenter) and we are very interesting in development of additive technologies in differrent areas from bicycle to vehicles. Now I wnat to make some showcase to present all capabilities of Additive Manufactuting.

    Can we discuss ways to cooperation basing your project?

    I connect with your in Facebook and if you have some interest we can continue our communication in the private mail.

    Best regards, Oleg


  4. Dear James,
    it seems that you and your 3D Bikes are very popular, so that we have to hurry to ask you to support our exhibition.
    In summer 2017 we, the GRASSIMUSEUM at Leipzig/Germnany (www.grassimuseum.de) will prepare a big Exhibition about the contemporary bike-design. All kind of bikes (folded, the single speed, the cargo-bike, E-bikes and: new materials, new technologies) will be focussed at the show and will be a proof that bikes will be the new (urban) mobility. I have contact with many designer of bikes in new materials: carbon, paper, plastics, bamboo and recycled Wood. But a printed bike is still missing! Therefore I want to ask if we can loan the bike from june to September 2017. All fees for transport and insurance will be payed of course. A catalogue (in geman and english) with all objects of the exhibition is planned as well.
    Hope you like this idea and you could support us.
    With best wishes,
    Sabine Epple, Curator for modern design


  5. Dear James Novak,

    It is Rafael Vinader from Héctor Serrano Studio. I have been searching for a email address contact but could not find you. Hope you get this message.
    We are working on a new exhibition about 3D Printing at Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Madrid titled: “3D, Printing the world”.

    The exhibition explores the impact of the 3D Printing in our society with pieces that range from fashion to art, architecture, science, transport or medicine.
    It will take place from 14 of June 2017 until mid September. It is curated by Carmen Baselga and Héctor Serrano.
    The Espacio welcomes more than 600,000 visitors every year and the gallery space is approximately 850 Square meters.

    This in meant to be an international exhibition. With contributors from many different areas. We are still confirming every piece right now, so I am not able to give you a closed list. But there are some leader companies whiling to collaborate, such us: Honda, Airbus, Adidas, Stratasys, 3D Systems, BQ, Robohand…And artist like: Daniel Widrig, Janne Kyttanen, Neta Soreq, Nendo, Joris Laarman, Iñigo Bilbao…

    We are very interested in including your “3D printed Bicycle” (as a physical object). In case it is available for these dates.

    Fundación Telefonica will take care of all the transports and insurance costs in order to guaranty the safety of the pieces. If you find the proposal interesting we can discuss further details.

    Please contact me in order to confirm your participation. We would need some graphic material such as high-res images within next week to be on time for the catalogue and media diffusion. We will of course credit to your name any image published via any channel.

    Thank you very much,


    • Hi Rafael, thanks very much for tracking me down 🙂 I really appreciate your offer, sounds like a great exhibition. Unfortunately after all the exhibitions the bike has been in around the world, the frame has been damaged beyond repair and I now only have the wheels and other peripheral pieces, no 3D printed frame. I’m also out of funding to produce any more. Sorry I can’t be involved, and thanks again for contacting me.



  6. Hello,
    First, I would like to introduce my self. My name is David , and I am the CEO of a company called the 3dsimo inc.
    Our company is a manufacturer of a multi-functional creative tool. More details can be found on our website :

    For a better image about us, here are some of our videos :
    2. https://youtu.be/YlUczXkhdy0

    We’ve seen your websites, and we are interested in a cooperation by advertisement of our product on your websites. We offer a commission from every sale done by a customer who comes from your website and makes a purchase.
    That means that you will write an article, or place an add about our product on your website, and using our Affiliate channel, both you and us will keep a track of the incoming customers, and you will receive a commission from it.

    I will be looking forward for the beginning of our partnership.
    David .


    • Hi David,

      thanks very much for getting in touch. Unfortunately this is my personal blog and I’m not looking to advertise anything through this channel, other than sharing my own personal experiences with 3D printing and 3D printers. I wish you all the best with your 3D pen 🙂



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