Drawn is a new 3D printing services company that creates large scale items like furniture.

Drawn is a new 3D printing services company that creates large scale items like furniture.

Sylvain Charpiot and his business partner Samuel Javelle founded Drawn, a France-based 3D printing service company that can make customer furniture and other household items. Sylvain is an engineer with an entrepreneurial spirit, and Samuel is a talented designer and innovator.

The third member of Drawn’s team is Galatea, a large scale 3D printer named for the statue that mythological sculptor Pygmalion fell in love with. Although the team has been working on Galatea for two years now, the company Drawn was officially founded this June.

Sylvain and Samuel worked very hard to get their printer set up for Maker Faire Paris. Despite a hectic schedule and some initial problems getting the printer running on Friday, they pulled it off.

People at Maker Faire really liked the items produced by Drawn. The crowd favorite was the rounded chair design. Attendees where not the only ones appreciating Drawn and their creations; they received no less than seven separate Editor’s Choice Awards at Maker Faire.

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One of the features of Galatea is that they can change the nozzle diameter for printing from 1.75mm all the way to 8mm. They are still playing a lot and seeing what sizes work with different print speeds to create the best products. Galatea prints furniture and other home decor items in layers that are typically 4 to 5 mm thick.

Developing this technology and the company to market their designs has not always been easy. They have not always found partners who aligned with the team’s dreams and goals. For now this independent company will continue developing their products and services. We hope we’ll see more of them soon.

Andrew Terranova

Andrew Terranova

Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and an electronics and robotics hobbyist. He is an active member of the Let’s Make Robots community, and handles public relations for the site.
Andrew has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children’s Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Learning Center in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.

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  • Sherry Huss

    Andrew – thanks for sharing. It was truly a pleasure to meet Sylvain and Samuel and to see Galatea in action. Working on getting them to World Maker Faire New York!

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  • http://www.bza.biz/ David Bizer

    Dirk van der Kooij made the exact same thing, just better designed a few years ago…


    • http://www.bza.biz/ David Bizer

      If they offer this as a service for designers it’s great though.
      I’d definetely get something printed.

    • Camden

      This is quite simply design plagiarism. And to not credit Dirk van der Kooij, irresponsible writing.

    • http://monadalkniaelabs.com Rarian Rakista

      Just because it is a 3D printed chair does not mean it is the same thing.

    • Fedya Novikov

      David, thanks for pointing this out. Quite phenomenal that the article doesn’t mention him.

  • http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:181539 David Mc

    This could make some great large scale toys, forts, space ships and useful items too. :)

  • Alex

    Hahaha i cant wait to see what awesome stuff 3d printers will get us like Led lampen