A University of Wales graduate Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) helps students and businesses bring ideas to life.
Ken Pearce, who graduated with a world-class degree from UWTSD in 2020, founded Lunia 3D after discovering the versatility of 3D printing as a student.
In April 2020, he and girlfriend Georgia Hatton began 3D printing face shields to protect local caregivers from Covid-19.
“It made me realize that I was excited about 3D printing, how useful it can be,” he says. “I decided to start my own company, Lunia 3D. Here we offer all kinds of services in the 3D printing industry, including 3D modeling, product prototyping, mail merge and much more. “
After a successful six month deal, Ken teamed up with an old school friend, Yousef Ahmed, an engineering graduate. You are now running Lunia 3D together.
“We both have a great interest in 3D printing and we thought it made sense to work and work together,” says Ken.
Since the partnership, they have expanded the business and now have 10 3D printers working almost around the clock.
“We help companies and individuals make custom or batch products that would normally have to be manufactured overseas, eliminating the incredibly expensive tooling costs and long lead times,” says Ken.
He and Yousef are also committed to providing affordable 3D printing to students.
In a broader sense, Lunia 3D has worked and made 3D printed parts for a variety of industries including vintage cars, woodworkers, architectural models, hobby trains / landscapes, cosplay props, spares, home accessories, fashion accessories and more.
One of her favorite projects to date has been 3D printing a case for an electronic version of Tag Rugby at UWTSD.
“The brief was to create a more visual and tactile version of Tag Rugby that would be suitable for people with disabilities,” says Ken. “We designed and manufactured a case for a battery, a circuit board, LED lights and a vibration motor. When the label is pulled, the device vibrates and flashes a light to indicate to the user that it is time to pass the ball. “
Ken is passionate about how quickly Lunia 3D has grown and looks forward to helping more students and businesses bring their projects to life. He adds that his university studies helped equip him to run his own company.
“As a student at UWTSD and with several years of industry experience, I have developed into a versatile, adaptable designer who values both product functionality and form,” he says. “I have experience in various design processes, dealing directly with customers, understanding their needs and providing high quality and professional service. I have mainly focused my studies on the subject of 3D printing and have tried to include it in every possible project. The university gave me the tools and confidence to start my own business.
“I really enjoyed my time at UWTSD and would do it all over again. I want dr Thank you Peter Spring and Matthew Archer for being so knowledgeable and supportive. Being a skilled product designer has helped me a lot in engaging customers in this new business. I am confident that I can offer several solutions and advise accordingly.
“The most enjoyable experience running Lunia 3D has to be the freedom to work with almost any industry,” he adds. “It’s hard to imagine a single application that 3D printing can’t be integrated into. I’m curious to see which interesting projects we will help with in the future. “
Matthew Archer, Ken’s former program manager at UWTSD, is delighted with Ken’s success:
“Ken was a tremendous drive student who always tried to develop his understanding of design, especially when faced with technological challenges. He had the quality of never wanting to be beaten, which is why he developed and built a working prototype of a portable 3D printer for his large-scale project, ”he says. “That work ethic is now reflected in his company, Lunia 3D, which has recognized a market opportunity and is showing growth in a competitive industry.”
Kathryn Penaluna, Associate Professor of Enterprise Education at UWTSD said, “Our design students and graduates are always quick to spot opportunities and it is especially valuable when their entrepreneurship supports others in the industry.”