Erin Scott

Erin Scott Lighting

“My Honours project explored that as artists and designers, we are constantly connecting. Connecting with our bodies, with each other and with every product we produce and consume.”

“I have put my personal design practice on hold to develop and learn the new technologies and traditional making techniques within manufacturing. Through my own learnings and research I found that there can often be a gap or lack of knowledge between designing a product and manufacturing a product. Two aspects which should be a part of the same process.”

Erin Scott

3D Printing Engineer at CA Models

Three Dimensional Design

Grays School of Art (Robert Gordon University)

Statement

“‘I realise that it was meaningful, and more pleasing, to note that these are one and the same process: making is connecting’- David Gauntlett

My Honours project explored that as artists and designers, we are constantly connecting.
Connecting with our bodies, with each other and with every product we produce and consume. The lights represent that as makers we are unaware of the work and contribution our nerves have within our ‘making’ process. Concealed and trapped inside, the data inspired structures are invisible and unrecognised (similar to our nerves within our bodies) until, however, the lights are switched on, illuminating a space with warm and relaxing shadows.

When tackling my design process, I always strive to combine the contemporary making methods with the traditional. I believe to it’s important to keep the art of craftsmanship alive while using new technologies such as 3D printing to push past the boundaries in design.

With this in mind, since graduating, I have put my personal design practice on hold to develop and learn the new technologies and traditional making techniques within manufacturing. Through my own learnings and research I found that there can often be a gap or lack of knowledge between designing a product and manufacturing a product. Two aspects which should be a part of the same process.
I aspire to embrace as much of the manufacturing world as possible. In doing this I will help my own and other design practices to reduce any limitations with the design process. My current employer, CA Models specialises in additive manufacturing (3d printing), precision engineering and model making and is therefore the best place to do this. With a passion for 3D Printing and craftsmanship, I knew CA Models was the perfect place to learn, develop and gain expert knowledge within the field.

I have now been a part of CA Models’ Stereolithography (SLA) department since March 2021. Since joining the team, I have learned a variety of skills including: how to use the machines and the software to operate them (contemporary methods), how to work with a number of different materials and hand finish the printed parts to the highest standard (traditional methods). With experience and with the knowledge I accumulate I will be able to prepare CAD Models and data, provide design/CAD feedback and set up builds, ensuring successful and quality parts.

With an already impressive 9 SLA machines and 2 Metal machines, CA Models upgraded their facilities with an additional 4 machines. I was involved in the installation of two 3D Systems Figure 4 printers, giving alternative options to injection moulding, and a ProX 800 which offers more capacity and another material option. The newest addition to the company’s metal department and additive manufacturing family is another selective laser melting machine, adding titanium to the list of materials. The installation of these new machines provides our clients with an alternative solution to production and CA Models the diversity of technology to offer to our clients. It has been exciting to contribute to the innovation and growth opportunities we continue to build as experts in our industry.”

Materials and Techniques

SLA- photopolymer resins– Accura HPC, Accura bluestone, Accura Xtreme White, Accura Clear Vue, Accura Xtreme Grey, Accura 25

DLP- PRO BLACK 10, FLEX-BLK 20, RUBBER-65A BLK, HI TEMP 300-AMB

MAM- Aluminium, Stainless steel and Titanium


Affects of Covid 19

“Like everyone, lockdown was a mix of emotions. A rollercoaster of highs and lows, but with a deadline lurking, I had no choice but to adapt to the circumstances.

I learnt many things about myself as a designer during this time and developed a number of skills. It enabled me to push past my own boundaries and consider my project in a lot more depth and detail. Reflecting over this time, I find myself grateful as I believe my practice and final outcome would not have been to the standard it was without it.”