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Innovation and 3D Printing with Dallas Winspear and Jands

Jands model

Creation and innovation are two concepts that represent Dallas Winspear to a tee. By day, Dallas is a senior designer for Jands - a leading manufacturer and distributor of audio and staging equipment. By night, Dallas continues his passion by designing theatrical props and toys as a freelancer on private commission.

Dallas has always had a strong passion for creative design and his efforts have seen him become not only become a leading figure within Jands, but also part of the growing Australian design industry as a whole.

The Jands and Redstack relationship

It is fair to say that technology is a key part of the design process. As such, Jands have adopted Autodesk technology and 3D printing from Redstack - innovation that keeps the business at the top of its game.

Dallas said the choice to work with Redstack was simple, given the fact that they had the technology at a good price and the sales representatives were more than happy to work through the requirements of the business.

Dallas actually owns two 3D printers including the Ultimaker 2 which is used for operations with Jands. When the 3D printer was first brought into the office, Dallas said the reaction was priceless. "I set it up in a meeting room and around half of the building was standing around watching it," he said.

As such, Dallas was asked to take it home for productivity reasons and now completes his Jands' tasks from there. "I'll work on a 3D model during the day, take the design home and print it before bringing it back into work the following morning. From this point, we can talk about it and fit screws into it etc."

Where do Jands use the 3D printing technology?

As a business, Jands works on a number of applications where Autodesk technology and 3D printing come in handy. This can include the design of entertainment venues, design various machines and the parts inside them. Jands is also a specialist in high-end audio and lighting equipment such as mixing desks and dimmers.

"We create everything from PCBs, to structural steel work, to bespoke parts and machinery that are required for each specific job and location," Dallas said.

Dallas said that the benefits of Jands using 3D printers are wide-ranging, but costs and time advantages are among the most important within the design industry.

"It used to be a six-week lead time to get a prototype of a knob from a plastics manufacturer."

Although Jands create in bulk, it is a small market and they don't need a factory in China producing a hundred million items when they only require a few thousand.

"I was working on a new dimmer recently and I have the circuit breakers and the sheet metal front which it is being mounted to. Having the two existing parts and then being able measure them up and modelling the product is really handy, I can't imagine working any other way now," he explained.

The images below give an example of the progression from 3d rendering, to physical model, to the as built final solution:

Jands rendering

Jands rendering

Jands model

Jands model

Jands final

Training advantage with Redstack

In recent times, Jands have branched out into architectural and Building Information Modeling (BIM) such as Autodesk Revit and Autodesk Navisworks. To maximise the potential of their BIM software investment, Dallas participated in the Redstack Revit Architecture Fundamentals course as an introduction to the software.

"At Jands, we work with builders and architects a lot and the way that they are working is changing and we need to adjust our skills to match them," Dallas said.  The training was a great investment, ensuring Jands get the most out of their software in a short space of time.

Toy design with Autodesk Fusion 360

As part of Dallas' long and successful relationship with Redstack, we kindly offered him a free trial of Autodesk Fusion 360. We are keen to get his impressions of the software and how it is adding value to his toy design efforts.

While the trial only started recently, Dallas gave the Autodesk Fusion 360 a test run before moving onto larger projects. 

Dallas started by making a simple part, changing the dimensions and testing the parametric flexibility of the program. He believes it is a good piece of software with great potential and is looking forward to working with it more moving forward- especially when they introduce sheet metal tools, which is due to happen soon.

Dallas is also excited about future versions of Autodesk which could offer even more features that can help with his work at Jands and his freelancing career.

Building a productive relationship with Redstack

Dallas enjoys his connection with Redstack and has close contact with several of our professionals. This means that he can get access to assistance and product information quickly which ensures he remains at the top of his game.

About Dallas Winspear

Dallas Winspear is an award-winning multidisciplinary designer living in Sydney, Australia. With a broad range of skills and interests, he is currently working full time in the theatre industry. He spends his spare time creating everything from consumer products and furniture, to toys, games and T-shirts.

About Jands

Jands

Jands is an Australian owned company founded in 1970. The company manufactures and distributes the world’s most recognised brands of Audio, Lighting and Staging products primarily for the entertainment and exhibition industry. With headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Sydney, a factory in Melbourne and offices in Brisbane and Perth, Jands employs over 120 people across Australia.

For more information, see www.jands.com.au

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