Antoine Boulay is a CAD professor who teaches at École Boulle Paris. He’s also a jeweler who has worked with luxury brands such as Chanel, Swarowski, and Baccarat for more than 20 years, and he specializes in designing jewelry, watches, and ‘art de la table.’
Boulay has now created Modzart, an open source file and design sharing platform for makers, art lovers, or the simply curious. He says everyone can access and remix the 3D models which will be available on www.modzart.paris.
And Boulay says you can, should you be able to attend the Maker Faire Paris on May 2nd and 3rd, have a chance to meet the team at Modzart in person.
Maker Faire Paris is aimed at anyone interested in 3D printing technology, design, materials, and services, and the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles is preparing to welcome makers, designers, artists and young entrepreneurs interested in the latest developments in making, learning, crafting, inventing and tinkering, and 3D printing. Maker Faire Paris is a gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, scientists, and garage tinkerers aimed at showcasing inventions and creativity.
Boulay says he discovered CAD modeling during the early ’90s and, fascinated by the technology, he began adapting his techniques to the making of jewelry. In 2001, Boulay chose to start his own company to develop his CAD and rapid prototyping-based pieces. He now divides his time between that business, Protopix, and teaching CAD techniques in the jewelry section of the École Boulle in Paris while creating his own collection of jewelry and sculptures.
He says he hopes Modzart will help foster collaborative interaction with his users. The site will provide access to printing a collection of his favorite 3D models to make it possible to remix any of the designer’s pieces and share them with a large community and output the pieces in high-end materials.
Boulay says that during the initial launch of Modzart, the site will focus on electronic cigarette accessories and 3D models of those accessories. He says that as time goes on, the platform will offer other models of objects such as jewelry and everyday lifestyle accessories.
He adds that all the 3D models on Modzart will be offered under the Creative Commons license (BY NC SA).
What do you think of Antoine Boulay’s idea for Modzart? Will you be attending Maker Faire Paris? Let us know in the Modzart forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out more renderings and designs below.