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Amulets for Introverts

Amulets For Introverts are single egg-shaped objects each made by machine, hand, and nature – all designed to give shy people social super powers. Some of them even include smaller objects trapped inside: freshwater pearls, seeds and even the artist’s own baby teeth.
Given a set P := {p1, …, pn} of sites, a Voronoi Tessellation is a subdivision of the space into n cells, one for each site in P, with the property that a point q lies in the cell corresponding to a site pi iff d(pi, q) < d(pj, q) for i distinct from j. The segments in a Voronoi Tessellation correspond to all points in the plane equidistant to the two nearest sites.
amulet with tiger's eye being printed

amulet with tiger’s eye being printed

Voronoi digitalization of real egg
Antidote to digital isolation
Helps the wearer to minimize distraction and maintain stronger eye contact and hand shakes.
Voronoi egg with whelk shell
Powers of deep listening
Use to hear and understand things you’ve never been privy to before- or give as a gift to someone who needs expanded listening powers
Voronoi egg with abalone ‘teeth’
The Power to say NO
This amulet gives you the power to smile, show your teeth, and say in your most compassionate voice: NO
Voronoi egg with beach glass
Power of Reinvention
This amulet gives you the power to reinvent yourself, clearing misconceptions in the process.
Voronoi egg with freshwater pearl
Power of Polished Imperfection
This amulet gives you the power to present your imperfections as assets
Voronoi Tessellations are most interesting to me because once I average them, they go from looking math-y or “low poly” to looking lacy and organic.
Voronoi egg with Tiger’s Eye
Power of Confidence
This amulet gives you the power to start a conversation with a stranger.
Voronoi egg with Orange Seed
Power to say YES
This amulet gives you the power to say YES, AND… Adding your voice to the collaboration.
Voronoi egg with artist’s own baby teeth
Power of Innocence
This amulet gives you the power to experience life without fear or cynicism. Most easily practiced by staying in the now.
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Shark Tank Approved

 

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Producer Taylor Dunn invited me to ABC studios  to give a short one-minute pitch about my technology consulting business to Barbara Corcoran and Robert Herjavec from Shark Tank. This was part of a Good Morning America segment about communicating the value of what you do– ostensibly to get a raise.  I was delighted to get an enthusiastic two thumbs up from the sharks and (a third thumb up) from tech correspondent Rebecca Jarvis (of the No Limits podcast).

Better yet, during the time on set between multiple takes I learned from Barbara that she has a 3D printer in her office and has no idea what to do with it.  “I’ve got you- Tell me one important problem about high-end real estate and I’ll show you how to use your printer to help solve it.  This is what I do. It’ll be fun!”

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For me, being on TV was hard. It was new, it was intimidating, and I felt like everyone else knew what was supposed to happen except me.  For my clients, this is often how they feel about adopting new technology and it’s very understandable. Leadership, good habits, a plan and sometimes a little hand-holding are all that’s needed to nurture success and valuable results.

During the course of 3 site visits, and optional seminars, I create customized strategies, plans, and demos that allow institutions that don’t have gobs of extra time, money or personnel to still be wildly successful with rapid prototyping and other art/engineering technologies.

Contact me for a free phone consultation and if I can help your institution:

-meet existing goals via rapid prototyping

-make meaningful use of your existing digital fabrication technology

-communicating your value to your audience

Then we can go ahead and schedule the first of your three site visits.

 

 

*currently on-site visits are in the NY Metro Area only.

Make 3D printing relevant to your needs

3D Print Management for Success

You just got a 3D printer!

(Now what!?)

3D printers (rapid prototyping systems) are an amazing tool for your maker-space, school, non-profit or atelier.  But after you get a single machine, or a suite, who is going to manage it?  How will you make sure that it gets used in a meaningful way? How can you be certain you’re really getting your money’s worth?

I’m Ann LePore and I’m here to help you.  When I’m not working at Ramapo College as a professor of 3D Design and Animation, or in the studio with my own research, I do consulting for institutions that want to understand how to best apply 3D printing to their existing workflow while minimizing waste and frustration.

My work usually starts with a meeting and site visit where I learn about your staff, mission, resources and aspirations as well as the printers that you’ve purchased or would like to purchase.  Afterward, I conduct research specific to your needs and develop the following:

  • A workflow optimized for appropriate and meaningful use of your 3D printer(s) or other digital fabrication resources.
  • A system for introducing new users to your rapid prototyping system without placing all the stress on one overworked employee.
  • 3 Sample lesson plans tailored to your needs with goals, objectives and outcomes
  • A series of short workshops to get you and your staff comfortable with your new state-of-the-art tools.
  • A sustainable plan for growing your facilities and communicating their value to your audience.

Get your organization started with 3D printing efficiently, meaningfully and without fear.   

Reach out to see how I can help.

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On Art and Engineering

In addition to my regular duties as Associate Professor of Animation and 3D Design at Ramapo College of New Jersey, I’ve started to reach out to educators and artists in different ways. I believe strongly in the concept of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math). Artists have always been innovators and inventors.

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