Martin grew up in South Africa where he studied Mechanical Engineering. He remains focused in that field having worked in his home country as well as Great Britain and the USA. He has long been interested in the various manufacturing processes used in making industrial products, molding, forming, machining, assembling and now, 3D printing and has used these in his business, personal projects and art work.
As a part time artist, he has created a number of 3D works in wood and acrylic using 3 and 4 axis computer controlled milling machines as well as laser cut steel and stainless steel. More recently, he has
created work in cast metal such as Aluminum and Bronze.
These works have primarily been motorsport inspired and he has sold at Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK. He developed a high level of interest in rapid prototyping technology, now more commonly known as 3D printing and has been experimenting for some time. The range of capabilities for the various 3D printing machines is huge and he has used various vendors for small pieces in Silver and plastic, plaster and other metals. He has studied the work of design-art producers such as Ron Arad as well as various furniture designers and architects.
He combines his skill in 3D design using CAD, with knowledge of industrial processes to produce works which are unique and, in a few cases, impossible to create by other means.
You can reach him by email email@example.com or twitter
@martindirker and at www.dirker.co.uk