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Mixing 3D printing, craftsmanship, & honest design. Writing, lighting, & more. Bringing useful, 3D printed goods into your home.

I want more objects that are useful. That are beautiful. That I just enjoy. More objects that are exactly what I want. Inherently Useful is a design experiment harnessing 3D printing to make purposefully enjoyable objects.

3D printing might be one of the most disruptive technologies of our time. Design can now incorporate incredible detail and complication that would have been unmake-able before 3D printing. There is a growing community of 3D printing artists and makers. But I want to see more 3D printed products that are tangible and fun. Products that you could actually see in a store and not just on a blog post. I believe that 3D printing is an incredible opportunity to make tangible products... Products that mix 3D printing with traditional materials, are enjoyable, and are just inherently useful.

Lumen Lamp: a 3D printed lamp. Includes 'edison' style bulb, 6ft. cord, and inline on/off switch.
Lumen Lamp: a 3D printed lamp. Includes 'edison' style bulb, 6ft. cord, and inline on/off switch.

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Happy Lamp: Brighten up your desk, bedside, or day. Cork body handmade in the Creator's woodshop. Includes everything but the fish (which don't mail well)
Happy Lamp: Brighten up your desk, bedside, or day. Cork body handmade in the Creator's woodshop. Includes everything but the fish (which don't mail well)
includes 3D printed lampshade, edison-style bulb, cork-knob dimmer switch, 6ft. cord, glass tank, and three dried flowers.
includes 3D printed lampshade, edison-style bulb, cork-knob dimmer switch, 6ft. cord, glass tank, and three dried flowers.
Handmade cork body and integrated dimmer switch knob.
Handmade cork body and integrated dimmer switch knob.

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Write Pen: 3D printed body and cap. Quality Parker pen capsule inside. Comfortable and confident in the hand and writes like a dream.
Write Pen: 3D printed body and cap. Quality Parker pen capsule inside. Comfortable and confident in the hand and writes like a dream.
Snap-fit cap that also slips on back of pen while in use. Stainless steel screw holds ink capsule in.
Snap-fit cap that also slips on back of pen while in use. Stainless steel screw holds ink capsule in.

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Trippy Flower Vase: 3D printed 'legs' accept the threaded glass tube. Includes 3 dried 'billy ball' flowers.
Trippy Flower Vase: 3D printed 'legs' accept the threaded glass tube. Includes 3 dried 'billy ball' flowers.

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Stilt iPhone5 Dock: Designed for your desk and for your travel bag.
Stilt iPhone5 Dock: Designed for your desk and for your travel bag.
Cable keeper lets you wind up the cable or adjust its length. Solve any tangled-cable-anger in the bag. Clean up loose cables on the desk.
Cable keeper lets you wind up the cable or adjust its length. Solve any tangled-cable-anger in the bag. Clean up loose cables on the desk.

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Sprout Flower Vase: 3D printed top accepts the three threaded glass tubes. Also includes three dried 'billy ball' flowers.
Sprout Flower Vase: 3D printed top accepts the three threaded glass tubes. Also includes three dried 'billy ball' flowers.

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Rocky Flower Vase: 3D printed rocket base and glass tube. Also includes three dried 'billy ball' flowers.
Rocky Flower Vase: 3D printed rocket base and glass tube. Also includes three dried 'billy ball' flowers.

Kickstarter, I've created this enjoyable collection for my familyand myself and now I'd like to share it with you. The funds gathered here will almost completely go towards 3D printing services, high quality materials, and shipping. I hope Inherently Useful is another push forward in the collective creativity that is the 3d printing community. I'm excited to see more thoughtful, 3D printed products begin coming to market. I hope you enjoy my collection, Inherently Useful.

I will be working with a company called Shapeways to construct all 3D printed pieces. I've been using them for projects for over a year, and I can say, they are awesome.

What will I do with the money, you ask? Almost all of the money collected for Inherently Useful will go into its quality ingredients. 3D printing in the USA isn't 'China-priced,' and I've picked no-compromise materials that help these objects be awesome. Also included are all needed light bulbs, dried flowers, and free USA shipping; things that are often not included with a product.

-Thank you, Kickstarter.

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After funding of this project, I will be ordering the production of the needed 3D printed pieces and other parts to build each item myself. The 3D printing service I'm working with, Shapeways, has always reliably shipped on time. From there I'll quickly begin assembling, packaging, and shipping all of your rewards.

So, what might cause potential problems? I've experienced firsthand how producing something always has surprises. There may be a few lost packages, a hurricane at the 3D printing facility (yes, that did happen this year), mishandled parts, and unexpected box blowouts. I'll work hard to make sure you all end up with exactly what you ordered, and I promise to be transparent and interactive along the way. These are fun products, and producing and delivering these products should be fun too... for all of us.

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    ROCKY VASE: recieve one complete vase with 3d printed part, glass tube, and three flowers. Your choice of color. Free USA shipping.

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    WRITE PEN: recieve one complete pen in your choice of color. Free USA shipping.

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    TRIPPY VASE: recieve one complete vase with 3d printed part, glass tube, and three flowers. Your choice of color. Free USA shipping.

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    STILT iPHONE 5 DOCK: recieve one complete iPhone 5 dock in your choice of color. Requires use of your own, stock iPhone5 lightning cable. Free USA shipping.

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    SPROUT VASE: recieve one complete vase with 3d printed part, 3 glass tubes, and three flowers. Your choice of color. Free USA shipping.

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    OFFICE COMBO: Recieve both the WRITE pen + STILT iPhone 5 Dock. Your choice of colors and Free USA shipping.

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    VASE COMBO: Recieve all three vases; TRIPPY + SPROUT + ROCKY. Your choice of colors with 9 dried flowers and glass tubes included. Free USA shipping.

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    LUMEN LAMP: recieve one complete lamp with 3d printed body, 'edison' bulb, and 6ft. cord with in-line switch. Your choice of color. Free USA shipping.

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    HAPPY LAMP: recieve one complete Happy 'station' with 3d printed shade, 'edison' bulb, glass tank and three flowers. Shade in your choice of color. Free USA shipping.

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    LIGHT COMBO: Recieve both the LUMEN LAMP + HAPPY LAMP. Your choice of colors and Free USA shipping.

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