As 3D technology is rapidly advancing, it’s becoming more common that people with all sorts of occupations and lifestyles are starting to enter the world of 3D printing. And while the 3D technology and 3D printing are becoming irreplaceable in the world of architecture, medicine and in other areas too, this team from Novi Sad has a different idea.
With years of experience in video game production, the crew from Esoter Studio has a different perspective on 3D printing and this technology. They think of it as a possibility to materialize virtual worlds. We talked with the owner and CEO of Esoter Studio, Suzana Savanovic, and we asked her what their approach to these new technologies looks like. This is what she had to say:
Before we start, hi, how are you? Tell us something about yourself and what do you do in Esoter Studio?
Hello, my name is Suzana Savanovic, owner, and CEO of Esoter Studio. We’re based in Novi Sad, Serbia, and currently, most of our attention is aimed at video game development. We do a lot of work for our clients abroad, but we’re also developing our own video games. We also do 3D modeling and 3D printing. We print fully functional objects and tools, but we also do a lot of decorations and ornaments. We do whatever the client wants, and we’ve had a lot of successfully completed projects for various clients in different industries.
How did you decide that 3D printing is something you want to do, and how did you discover it, knowing that there isn’t a lot of talk about it here, in Serbia?
Well, for quite some time now I have been thinking about 3D printing, but just recently I got the opportunity to follow that dream and try it out. I’m a passionate gamer and I have been one for as long as I can remember, so I thought of 3D technology as the best possible way to materialize all those beautiful details from the virtual worlds I’ve spent hours in. I soon realized that 3D printing can prove quite useful for the gaming world, and there is always that feeling of excitement when you take up a new challenge, especially one that isn’t so common around here.
That brings us to the next question - what is 3D technology for you, and how do you look at it?
To put it simply - 3D technology is the future. The entire world of 3D technology represents a significant step forward. Just a few years ago the process of 3D printing was thought of more as Sci-Fi than anything else, making detailed 3D objects called for a lot of time and skill, and nowadays it’s somewhat part of our daily lives. We reached the point where the only limitation is our own imagination. This technology offers a wide variety of useful applications from industrial use and life-saving applications to the entertainment industry. 3D printing and 3D technologies are definitely a significant part of our future, and all of us at Esoter Studio think of them in that way.
What does this mean for your job? How did 3D printing affect your work at Esoter Studio and your specific tasks?
First of all, 3D printing made it possible for us to materialize objects we could only see in two dimensions. It allowed us to access virtual worlds through material surroundings. Another great thing that this technology made possible is for us to start developing different board and tabletop games and game sets. It helped us evolve as game developers and all while learning something new and exciting. We can now make a lot of promotional products and merchandise that follow the gaming world, and we can really expand the use of this technology in almost every possible way. Our games and virtual products can now have their own material components which make the entire experience quite better. One of our smaller projects was Lilly, the main character of the short Cryengine film who’s author is our Character Artist and Animator on a current project, Darko Subotin. She’s the first component of many that we wish to materialize from this movie. From our team you can expect a lot of similar interesting things in the next year, from the world we’re currently working hard to create.
Was it hard to master the 3D printing technology and how did the learning process go? Have you had any problems and in which way did you deal with those?
The training course was pretty simple, and the process of 3D printing is as easy as well. There are always some things that you simply can’t change, no matter how well trained you are, but the learning process was quite simple. That’s also one of the biggest advantages of 3D technologies - the fact that almost anyone can learn how to work with 3D printers. However, in order to fully understand and learn how the machine works and which materials work in what ways you need practice and experience. It isn’t that hard, just don’t be afraid of the unknown. No matter how well prepared you may think you are, mistakes are bound to happen, so focus on the trial and error method, and be patient.
What expectations do you have for 3D printing and 3D technology in the future?
To be absolutely honest, I can imagine 3D technology expanding so much that it becomes a crucial part of our everyday lives. We already had the chance to witness how 3D printing and technology affected medicine and architecture, so I completely support the idea that one day these technologies will help us populate other planets. Knowing how easy-to-use 3D technologies are, we must accept it as a crucial part of our future evolution.
Lastly, is there something you would like to say to someone who’s thinking about 3D printing world and how to handle it?
Use your imagination as much as you can, plan out things and do your research. These things are the foundation of any successful 3D printing business. If 3D printing is more than a hobby for you, you’ll have to enjoy the work you do. It should be something more than just means to make money. And remember, the only limitation is your own imagination, so open up and start learning.
Other than services and experiences we provide, we aim to elevate the level of knowledge about game development, 3D technologies, art, and design. Our mission is to make quality products and content available to our clients, while we go through the educational process of making those products together.
Our core business is based on video game development, followed by services of 3D modeling, 3D printing, 2D art and design, with a high variety of offers and options for mutual collaboration. General idea we follow is to get to know our clients and get them to know our services, so we can show them it’s possible to achieve availability and high quality at the same time.
Becoming an indie game developer and 3D printing studio is not an easy task, but it was always our collective dream. That’s why we really tried to persevere. We don’t know what the future holds, but for now, we’re doing our best to stay true both to ourselves and to our fans.
Last month we had the opportunity to work with AIESEC and the people involved with international training programs for young volunteers, global talents, and future entrepreneurs.
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