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Featured in Web Designing Magazine!

Monocircus is being featured in a Japanese design magazine, Web Designing, published by Mynavi,

in its article entitled 'Digital Fabrication, FAB Guide', about various designers who are creating products using digital technology.

The magazine introduces the latest trends, projects, news and information about Web Design.

This February 2014 issue is noteworthy for its feature article regarding hints on designing with Wordpress,

as well as the feature on designing and creating with digital technologies of 3D printing and laser fabrication.


The little article that was written about Monocircus is shown below.

A simple introduction about Monocircus and what we do.

What makes us very happy is the last sentence :

"The great thing [about Monocircus] is not just about the high quality of its products,

but also how the creative team itself creates, designs, produces and

even personally liaise with its customers all on its own."


Featured in Book about 3D printers

featured in 3D printer book

MONOCIRCUS is being featured in a recently published book about getting to know 3D printers'

by Japanese publishing company, Yosensha MOOK.


The book features the various selection of 3D printers in the market as well as

information about 3D printing services, online market places, designers and details about 3D printing technology.


When we started MONOCIRCUS, we didn't expect 3D printing to become such a hype around the world. 

We were curious and we were very much into the idea of creating new ideas and designs.

3D printing technology was a method we thought would be good for our creative process for its flexibility of fabrication

without mass production.

It has been amazing and surprising how 3D printing technology itself has been such a popular topic.

The few publications where we got featured in were totally unplanned.

We didn't know how and didn't have the time to actually market what we do, though we know we ought to...

And even though we were not doing our own marketing,

we received emails from the editors, they emailed or called us for answers to questions, we emailed them images, 

and a few weeks later, here we are... really happy and very thankful to receive the printed publication!

September's New Item

The NEW item to be noted this September is POCKET SQUARE.

a 3D printed pocket square made in nylon plastic.

A unique item that will sharpen up your suit or tuxedo

and it doubles up as a business card case!

This is another one of our original idea.

An idea that might seem rather odd,

but it is something that we do... 

re-looking at the things we see around us with a new, fresh and almost naive perspective.

Re-thinking about how we might be able to create something new.

It is a constant activity that we do. 

It is like our idea of 'play' that we more often than not become overly serious that

we ultimately make it for real.


This month's newsletter has just been released. 

Please see it in this link!

Featured on NIKKEI DESIGN!


Monocircus has been featured on NIKKEI DESIGN magazine on its special edition about 3D printing.

NIKKEI DESIGN is a well-styled magazine in Japan that targets at professional designers and creators

in the creative industry.

We received an unexpected email from a writer of NIKKEI DESIGN one day and was asked to do an interview

which turned out to be a casual chit-chat about how we started MONOCIRCUS and the way we create our work.

It has been a pleasure and we are really honored to be featured in the magazine!

Featured in MdN Design & Graphic !

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MONOCIRCUS' 3D printed work has been featured in the September issue of MdN Design & Graphic magazine!

MdN Design & Graphic is a well-known magazine in Japan especially in the design industry

and we are very honored and happy that MONOCIRCUS is featured over 2 pages in the magazine!


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Featured and On Sale at FABNEO.COM


FABNEO, a Berlin based online boutique for specially curated collection of 3D printed accessories and homeware

has just included MONOCIRCUS in their list of well-known 3D artists and designers around the world !

It is a great privilege for us to be featured alongside internationally known 3D artists and designers

chosen by the founder of FABNEO, Mr. Ralph Schechterle himself.

Do check out the website, and see the beautiful works presented on the boutique.

BOW TIE is featured on DESIGNBOOM!

Our latest BOW TIE creation has just been featured on DESIGNBOOM


We are so ecstatic about this

as we have been keen followers of DESIGNBOOM,

the well known online publication featuring latest architecture and design news.

We just made a submission of our item, not knowing how it will go

and beyond our expectations, our item is now being featured on the front page!!! hurray!

Featured on Nippon TV!

MONOCIRCUS is going to be featured on TV!

we received an enquiry recently from Nippon Television
regarding a program they are planning to do about 3D printing
and that they are interested to feature our work!


They had planned to come and film us at our studio
but because we are in Fukuoka, it was not possible to have the crew come over from Tokyo due to the tight schedule.

so we sent in some of our 3D printed work samples to let them shoot the work,
and we also sent in images of our studio and our portraits.

Not sure how the feature will turn out but we hope it will be good enough to help promote more publicity for Monocircus!

The program will be shown on January 29th (Tuesday) at 4 AM in the morning
on Nippon TV's 'OHA! 4 NEWS LIVE'.

It is a little too early for most people to be able to watch it,
but if you happen to be up and about and able to receive the channel,
we hope you will take a look! 

The making of Metaball

In this post, we hope to share with you the making process of our Metaball pendant.

All the original creations of Monocircus are produced in a process that begins with idea sketches drawn on paper by Kazu and Shing, which are then 3 dimensionally modelled on computer.
The actual fabrication processes are done in mainly two ways. Designs that are not too complicated or elaborate are fabricated with our own 3D printing machine, while the more complex and intricate designs we come up with are fabricated by highly advanced 3D printing techniques at a 3D printing specialized company.

In this newspost, we hope to share with you more about the little 3D printing machine we own.

The first step is translating our drawn idea into a 3 dimensional model on computer.
Sometimes sketched ideas are translated directly into 3 dimensional model data,
but a lot of times, we realize it is through verbal language used to describe the idea that concretize the idea into a formalized shape. 



The next step is to translate the 3D model into a format that can be read by the 3D printer.
With the 3D printer we have, it fabricates the 3D model by layering 0.2 mm thin plastic material,
so the model is horizontally sliced into units of 0.2 mm
and the actual paths or tracks that the nozel of the printer moves is written into the data. 

The surface of the model, the inner walls, the solid parts, etc. are all indicated in the data in different colors.
This is how all the sectioned layers of the model are indicated in the data.
Depending on the various sectional layers, the track or tunnel where the necklace or chain is going to be put through the pendant can be seen.
And it can be seen clearly here how the model will be fabricated layer by layer and how the nozel of the printer will move through the model when fabricating it.


Next, with the model data created, the printer proceeds to the actual printing process.
The photograph below shows the stage after the 1st hour of printing.
The base of the pendant is formed and here you can see the track where the curved chain is to be put through the pendant.

After the 2nd hour. Almost half the pendant is completed.

After 3 hours, the printing is complete.
The red track lines that were seen in the model data shown in the earlier images above
shows up in the actual printed pendant as excessive plastic material on the surface of the pendant.


The last part of the production process of Metaball is to carve away the excessive plastic material and ensure the surface of the pendant is smooth and clean. And then once the chain is put through the pendant and attached with the clasp, the Metaball is COMPLETE!

New Project CIRCOSIS Vol 3

Please allow us to introduce to you our latest original creations developed
from our generative jewelry design project CIRCOSIS.
As mentioned in our previous newsposts features about the project,
we have produced a whole series of uniquely different ring designs from a single design process.

The whole series has 36 unique designs types, which like flowers of the same species,
each has a different characteristic yet look similar in some ways or another,

Which of these could be the ideal ring design for you?
Click on the picture above to see more of the various designs.

The rings of Project CIRCOSIS are made to order. 
It takes about 1 month before we deliver your chosen ring in your preferred ring size.
Do place your orders early! 

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