Upgrading the Design Process Industrial Designer Eva Arnason fell in love with furniture making as a student at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Now that Eva is the Assistant Manager at the MakerBot Retail Store in Boston, she’s taking her love of furniture design to the next level by incorporating desktop 3D printing into her creative process. “I had been making furniture the old-fashioned way at a small custom furniture store that specializes in desks and shelving. When I heard MakerBot was opening a store in Boston, I wanted the opportunity to get back into the digital side of design.” Under Pressure For her most recent project, Eva incorporated the natural contours of a piece of wood into a table. However, she needed to ensure her abnormally shaped table could support weight from any angle. So Eva created a 3D printed prototype on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. She used this miniature table prototype to test the strength of her design by putting pressure on various points across the table’s surface. Now she can design the perfect base for her creation before cutting a single piece of wood. “I used to spend hours making small wooden prototypes by hand,” says Eva. “Now I can use 3D printing to quickly test my designs before creating them.” Visit Eva and the rest of the crew at the MakerBot Retail Store on 144 Newbury St, Boston, MA. And don’t forget to explore our vast collection of ready-to-print content on MakerBot Thingiverse, the 3D design community for discovering, printing, and sharing 3D models.