We talked to Do Doheon of 3DMAKERS about 3D modelling and 3D printing during the pandemic.
First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Do Doheon: South Korea is well-preserved compared to other countries, so I only wear masks and doing well in my daily life.
Tell us about you, your career, how you founded 3DMAKERS.
Do Doheon: I am working on various processing and manufacturing services, including 3D modeling and 3D printing. I used to work as an employee in the same line of work, but I had the desire to work freely away from my limited authority, and now I am enjoying my work even though it is not a big company.
How does 3DMAKERS innovate?
Do Doheon: I always carry out my order, thinking that nothing is impossible. Don’t hesitate to use fast-developing technologies and try new things that were difficult to exist by blending them together. Of course, it creates a lot of risks, costs, and time, but in the end, it makes us a more innovative company.
We form an organization of people who like our work and enjoy change, and we always encourage challenges and changes.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Do Doheon: The Covid-19 has resulted in cancellations or reductions in domestic as well as overseas orders. Many similar companies have closed, and the market has shrunk, but we have survived, and I think the market will recover and grow bigger again.
So I am preparing for the future by making more and more challenging attempts. While strengthening non-face-to-face meetings, it is planning to apply customer-friendly and cutting-edge technologies that utilize cloud and VR in the future.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Do Doheon: Although the company was very small (in fact, it is still small), the $100,000 project was under a lot of stress and had to spend a lot of time researching quality control as customers frequently changed their orders, spending a lot of time on quality control. However, the company was able to grow as it successfully produced and delivered large-scale sculptures of quality, which was considered impossible with existing 3D printing, and received orders from various companies after seeing the results.
Patience is bitter, but I knew that we would end up getting something if we somehow do our best without giving up.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
Do Doheon: We do not give up and focus on finding solutions because we always think that solutions exist and that anxiety and stress are also high in satisfaction when they are solved. After all, I think the important thing is not to give up.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Do Doheon: In fact, at first, I thought that companies that perform the same service were rivals. But over time, I think it is not our competitors but ourselves in the past that we have to compete with.
Of course, it’s important for me to be a better company than I was yesterday, and to benchmark many companies, research and develop technologies, and enjoy the process of actually applying them; that’s the way forward for us as makers.
Your final thoughts?
Do Doheon: We welcome exchanges with various individuals or organizations. If you want to discuss design, manufacturing, and anything else at any time, please email [email protected]