Brian Chan

Formlabs | Mechanical Engineer


3D printing is rapidly evolving, and with it, the kinds of projects that can be done with 3D printing. Three projects demonstrate the process of designing a product with 3D printing in mind; The articulated crustaceans and insects project, the 3D printed violin, and the articulated Iron Man suit. 

​Meet Brian Chan

Brian Chan started as a self-taught artist, creating sculpture and crafts by hand.  He recevied his Mechanical engineering degrees (BS,PhD) from MIT and his "little" undergraduate research project netted him a cover article for one of the most prestigious research journals in the world: Nature.  He helped to figure out a longstanding mystery in fluid mechanics about how water-striding insects propel themselves on the water surface. He then went on to build a mechanical watre stider to test out his theory. He now combines traditional techniques and digital design tools to create 3d printed sculptures and modern products at Formlabs - the company that introduced the first desktop 3D printers.