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A graphic designer who accidentally fell in love with 3D printing.


Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Agustin Flowalistik, and I’m a product designer and teacher specializing in digital fabrication. I was born in Argentina, but I moved to Spain when I was a kid.

Fully 3D Printed Designer Lamp

What got you into 3D printing?

I’ve been a maker since I was a kid. I grew up drawing, building impossible robots with LegoS, and disassembling broken things to find out how they worked. One of my favorite movies as a kid was Small Soldiers, and the characters were 3D printed! When studying graphic design I discovered that 3D printers were finally a real thing, and in 2013 I got my first printer. Since then, my life has completely changed, and my inner child is very happy with that!

Fully 3D Printed Self-Watering Planter

Which printer do you use?

I’ve had the opportunity to work with many great 3D printing companies during the last years. However, the Ultimaker 3 and BCN3D Sigma are the machines I use the most. I also have an Ultimaker 2+ that has been printing 12 hours a day for the last 3 years!

What makes your designs unique?

I still remember how frustrating it was removing the support material from my first print back in 2013. I spent 6 months trying different design styles, and I just fell in love with the low-poly style. The low-poly style allows me to design support-free models that can be printed with almost any 3D printer in the market. The idea of pushing a button and getting an object actually works with my designs! Apart from my low-poly designs, I’ve developed many products, all of them taking into account printability and ease of use.

Low-Poly Plane

How do you get inspiration for your designs?

Childhood memories are the best kind of inspiration. Remembering those summers playing video games and watching movies as a kid inspired me to design many of my low-poly models. For other designs, inspiration always come when I face a problem or need that I want to solve using 3D printing. Challenges that involve 3D printing are always great!

Which do you think is your best design and why?

All my designs are special for different reasons, but if I had to choose one of my designs, it would be the low-poly Golden Retriever. Even though it wasn’t my first low-poly design, it was a very special challenge. It was a gift for my illustrator friend Maria Suarez-Inclan, and I really had to get out of my comfort zone. I wasn’t sure if she was going to like it! In the end, she loved it, and this design changed the way I face challenges.

Low Poly Golden Retriever

What advice do you have for other aspiring designers?

Think, make, and share. The maker community is one of the best communities I’ve ever been in. Don’t be afraid to share your designs, ask for feedback, and improve. Ask questions, and be sure no one starts being the best at something. Try, fail, improve, and 3D print it again!

Animal Ring Collection - Dual extrusion version





Lampe - Fully 3D Printed Designer Lamp
Campbell Planter - Fully 3D Printed Self-Watering Planter
Stoyries - Low-Poly Plane
Low Poly Golden Retriever - Beto
Animal Ring Collection - Dual extrusion version

I have posted a number of more interesting items, many of which are vastly more useful than this obvious drivel.

Geez, relax dude!

do you want some pepper with that??

So my question is, how did you get yourself posted on the homepage??

Someone's salty!

That made me laugh. The answer is not hard to find though; social media and presentation. Look at the things he posts; all have beautiful, colorful renders or actual well lit well done photography. Everything is clean and simple and inviting. His website is minimalist and modern. His whole online profile is what got him on the frontpage.

Think of it from the point of view of Thingiverse; if they feature an artist that has a great online and social media presence then it means free publicity for Thingiverse. Flowalistik will post to his social media that he's featured on Thingiverse and his 6k+ followers will gladly come on here for those that haven't already done so. From a marketing standpoint featuring him makes total sense.

As you can see, it is not so much about the things published but more about the free return on investment from Thingiverse.

You can polish your social presence, rebuild your website, learn great photography and increase your followers and possibly be featured as well on Thingiverse or you can just keep on creating the awesome designs you are already creating.

For me, him being featured made me look at his things and then I saw it's a bunch of pokemon things and lost interest.

Borrokalari is right. FLOWALISTIK is also a 3D printing youtuber that has his models in his videos which makes his models known.

Agustín es una de las razones por las que me enamoro de la impresión en 3D. De lo práctico a lo creativo, su trabajo es fantástico.

Is low-poly just exporting a model with a low facet res (triangle count)?

I've been printing your low-poly pokemon ever since I first got my printer a couple years ago. My wife keeps them in a 3d printed vase and hands them out to children at her job, it always makes their day! Thank you so much for your designs and for sharing them freely!

What 3d modeling software would you recommend for a beginner?

What software do you generally use?

I use two different modeling software, depending on what I'm designing:

  • If it's a low-poly model, I use Autodesk 3ds Max

  • If it' not low-poly, I use Autodesk Fusion 360

Very different software, for very different applications, but you can notice that just by seeing the models. :D

I love your models and your story! :D

Great work! How do you create low poly models. I still don’t understand how people do that. Thanks!!!

With a lot of patience, failing, and prototyping. Also, I learned CAD 3D modeling on my own, watching some videos, and I'm barely a noob. You can be a lot better than me!

Can't you just export from Fusion 360 with a very low triangle count?

I print your lowpoly pokemon in dual color and my wife hides them at pokestops when she plays the pokemon go mobile game. Other pokemon go players in our town find the figures and post pictures of the finds on their community discord.

She has a blast, thank you for the figures. Keep up the good work and we'd love to see more!