In November 2014, aoku3D co-founder Cyrus Hui was invited to speak at Inside 3D Printing Expo Shanghai, where he met Dr. Lionel T. Dean, a fellow guest speaker from the UK.
After graduating from the Royal College of Art in London in 1987, Lionel spent a short stint in Italy as an automotive designer in Italy before turning to pioneering work in computational design and digital manufacturing which would come to be known today as “3D Printing”. In 2002, he founded FutureFactories while completing his Ph.D. at the University of Huddersfield, and now serves as an adjunct professor at De Montfort University.
Lionel’s multi-faceted output from FutureFactories range from gallery pieces to consumer products, which in addition to being shown in major cities like London, Milan and New York, have also been added to the collection of MOMA in New York and the Museum of Barcelona in 2005 and 2010, respectively.
Today, Lionel is also one of the most sought-after speakers on the subject of 3D printing, and frequently gives talks at industry conferences around the world – including a visit to Hong Kong in July 2015 to address a select group of local 3D printing designers, arranged by aoku3D.
aoku3D’s first brief encounter with Lionel has since blossomed into a close collaboration: “Due Cuori” (Italian for “Two Hearts”) is a limited-edition 3D-printed titanium pendant that he specially developed for us to celebrate the inauguration of aoku3D – the first of many more projects that we hope to co-develop with his Future Factories in future!