Skiddi is a 3D-printed skiing accessory which won the third prize in our DesignWinMake contest. It was designed by Sergio Pedolazzi and its idea comes from an actual experience Sergio himself lived. "I went skiing with an aching arm - tells Sergio - and for me it was quite difficult to carry my skis on the shoulders from the parking lot to the slopes. I thought that carrying skis in that way is actually hard and I wondered if there is some device which can help you not to struggle so much. I didn't find any, so I decided to create it myself".

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What happened then, exactly?

I started with some sketches and drawings, making prototypes with any material I could use. I changed shapes and dimensions at least ten times, with horrible and badly working results. Then, reading a magazine, I discovered 3D printers' existence and that was my turning point.

As an engineer I was already used to 3D modeling software, so I decided to buy an open source 3D printer, then I unleashed my creativity and printed any shape with extreme precision. So Skiddi was born. Its first prototypes were functional but not aesthetically pleasant, so I asked for Enzo Nesi's help: he's a product designer and we worked together designing new concepts and more compact and streamlined shapes, getting to the actual product. It was a new and extremely stimulating experience!

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What does it mean, for you, being among the finalists in a contest like DesignWinMake?

When I decided to enter the contest I didn't think to qualify at all. I'm not a designer, so I thought my project was too specific and out of context. Instead, I understood that probably Skiddi was appreciated for its originality: I think I got my goal creating a design object in an unexplored field - skiing accessories - with an actual disruption process.

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What do you like the most in 3D printing?

3D printing for me is the best expression of freedom, meant as the opportunity to make any object from nothing. It's really important not only for artists and designers, but for anyone who has an idea and wants to make it. It's a global innovation and, as Chris Anderson once said, "it lets us look at a do-it-yourself future, where if you can imagine something then you can also make it".

At the same time, yet, I believe 3D printing has much to do with the comeback of a past where the concept of "repairing" was stronger than the idea of "replacing" old things with new products. I watched for hours my father fixing things, now I can do the same myself, with the same logic but with the great advantage to use a faster and more precise tool: 3D printing.

 

 

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