Overview
Every product is a creative journey, I and my associates can help you navigate the terrain.
Traditional production know how with the latest digital 3D making technologies, 
integrating seamlessly into traditional manufacturing processes.
Make your new product idea with Freeform Studios contact Chris today to discuss your idea. 


SERVICES
I have been creating, designing and making objects professionally since leaving the Royal Academy Schools in 1982.
Creating stone and bronze sculptures for many years in the south west. I now live in Cornwall.


In 2000 I was introduced to an innovative 3D digital modelling technology (or digital clay as it was known) demonstrated at the Hothouse in Stoke On Trent. Since then I have used both practical and digital technologies on a wide range of projects, as a creative practitioner I am able to hand finish the printed or machined parts to ensure the high quality physical product is delivered. This includes adding the fine details to real stone machined replicas. This wide ranging experience has given us unique insight on which to offer digital product development services to the creative community.
With a background based on real experience of traditional craft work, artistic creative studio work and working with real materials we can help you to use the latest technologies to reduce your lead times and create classic products from design to fine figurative art work. We can start from concept drawings through to laser scanning to create a form for development. Please contact us to discuss your next project.

Services Include
Bespoke products
If you have a special project in mind we can help you to realise it to its full potential and add value from concept to presentation.  From restoration to working with raw data we have the experience to find a good workable solution 
We have an extensive network that can be called on to give you the skills and resources required to complete the project.
We specialise in unique projects from restoration to working with new raw data, for objects which can be created in new or traditional materials.
Product Development
We have experience working from a wide range of starting points from sketches or scribbled ideas to precise specification
Using Scans we can create parts and subdivision on which to develop a new products, modify or merge forms into new objects.
With our experience of Digital creative production we can guide you on the most cost effective route to manufacture.
Museum Replicas
We have worked in museums and can liaise with museum staff to scan originals and create exact replicas in appropriate materials.
Replicas produced for handling and interpretation that are produced in safe and durable materials.
Preparing digital data for interactive content, digital animations and haptic platforms.
3D Modelling
Working from your concepts designs we can produce digital clay forms, visuals and a rapid prototype model from which you can use to develop further and get market evaluation and support.
Designs can range from Industrial Design Concepts to toys and collectibles
We specalise in creating figurative and organic forms and their incorporation into new industrial designs.
Interactive design
We create content for the new Probos Interactive. working with 3D scans already taken we can bring them back to life and make them accessible to the public.
We can create 3D puzzles from museum objects for physical interactive engagement by visitors or outreach programs.
We are providing the interactive design to the new Probos Interactive, designing multimedia content and user experience.
3D Sculpting
We specialise in figurative work and creating value added designs.
Portraiture, from scanning the subject to finished Bronze. Creating new 3D family collections.
We can digitise your sculpture maquettes and create scaled masters for edition manufacture.
We have valuable experience in preparing portrait scans and digital data and using these to create sculpture forms for bronze or machining into real stone.
Traditional Sculpting
We have traditional training and experience in creating sculpture in stone and Bronze as well as other casting media.
We have extensive practical experience in producing replicas using a wide range of appropriate technologies, working with unique, rare and prestigious forms when working for Conservation Technologies at National Museums Liverpool, which has now closed.
We offer a Fine Art approach to form with the addition of extensive knowledge of digital production processes that can be employed to give you the quality you require.

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Bespoke Products

What ever your idea I'm sure we can find a way to make it a reality, so get in touch with us.

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Developing  Products

Sometimes there is several things that need to be understood before a product is fit for sale.

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Museum Replicas

High Quality replicas using non contact scanning to create educational and handling materials.

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3D  Services

Traditional modelling skill and 3D CAD seemlessly integrated into traditional production processes

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Ceramic Design

Shape design, texture surface and sculpted form can be developed using our digital technologies 

Specialist

Traditional sculpting skills for restoration, museum replicas, unique commissions.
Specialist in working with digital scans towards making replicas in real materials.

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A wealth of traditional experience combined with digital scanning, CAD production to museum quality artefacts to hand finished in real materials.

No matter how complex your ideas Freeform Studios can help you to realise, repair, restore, reinstate, replicate or make new products from many starting points. Specialising in sculpture and unique objects we are well placed for comanies and individuals wishing to innovate their products. Christopher has over 18 years experience using the unique Freeform Modelling System with projects restoring or replicating objects in real stone, bronze, plaster ceramic and gold plated touch interactives for galleries. 

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QUALITY RESTORATION

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MUSEUM RESEARCH 

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REPLICAS

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ARTWORKS

Ceramic Design

3D digital modelling and shape design services, using the right 3D printing to integrate seemlessly into traditional production processes. Revisit your archive and reinvent classic products for today.
Tiles - Collectables - Tableware - Industrial Design - Jewellery - New Ideas - Commissions

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A wealth of digital know how and practical experience at your service

Digital systems are now fully mature in most manufacturing processes however some traditional companies are only now starting to engage because of a decline in skilled clay modellers. Freeform Studios is unique in having traditional making skills with a wealth of digital research knowledge gained through projects at National Museums Liverpool Conservation Technologies Department. This also because Chris was one of the first sculptors in the UK to use the Freeform Modellling System in 2000. No matter how complex your ideas Freeform Studios can help you to realise, repair, restore, reinstate, replicate, copy or make from your drawings your new products.

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RECONSTRUCT LAYERS

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CONSTRUCT DESIGN

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COPY FROM LIFE

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VERIFY DESIGN

Digital Design Innovation

In developing our own new innovative product the Probos Sensory Console we needed to make a wide range of digital assets from animation to accurate CAD drawings, websites, audio and  movies to gamification and interactive design. This has given us more tools with which to help our clients.

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The Probos Sensory Console, nominated for several innovation awards - Digital Interactive Design

This system has been researched on a gallery at Manchester Museum since 2014. The console Idea has gained attention from The United Nations Zero Project Initiative, ERASMUS, Apollo Magazine and Innovations 2017 as well as Museums and Heritage Magazine. The project was generously funded by Stavros Noiarchos Foundation. We are now seeking new funding from the Arts Council for further research and product development partners. All the interactive interface was designed and produced by Christopher Dean with design research from Henshaws Society for blind people Manchester and Manchester Museums Staff.

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CLAY MODELLING

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2D CAD DRAWINGS

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ANIMATION

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DESIGN INNOVATION

The Probos Sensory Console 

 Innovative Haptic Interactive Program in a bespoke Console
enabling the user to "touch" the digitised 3D Replica and engage with
interactive animated characters to learn about its history

The Probos Sensory Console

An single interface designed for managed public spaces like Museums, Art Galleries, Libraries, Schools and  Universities. Accessing a new 3D international digitised  collection  

The object tells its own story

The user touches the surface of the object by using the handle in the aperture below the screen. There are hidden pieces of information on the object.
Encouraging the user to touch and discover, fostering curiosty and learning through fun and games.

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Improving Access to collections and more inclusive

Mobirise offers several themes that include sliders, galleries, article blocks, counters, accordions, video and many more.

International support

Contributors to the research has included Manchester Museum, The British Museum, Yale Peabody Museum USA and The Belevedere Museum in Vienna. Recognised in 2014 as an innovative practice by the Zero Project, an initiative created by the United Nations and the Essler Foundation

Christopher Dean  

Art And Design Experience
After completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools 
he continued to develop his own work as a traditional sculptor.
In 2000 he was one of the first Artists in the UK involved at the forefront of the innovative 3D haptic design and production technology developed at MIT in the USA and transfer his traditional skills into working as a specialist 3D digital sculptor and designer. 
He has a wide range of educational experience which include artist in residence projects, qualifying as a 14 -18 teacher with a PGCE at Exeter University in 1987. 3 years at Kings college Taunton as an Art teacher, as a 3D art specialist lecturer at an FE college in Crewe and then being involved in the creation and delivery of Cybercrafts an MA level course at Staffordshire University.
He became Product Specialist in 2000 where he helped introduce the Freeform Modelling System,
for the American software developers, into the UK and France and Germany.
As Product Development Consultant at National Museums Liverpool working as part of a team researching the digital path from scanning museum artifacts towards manufacture for restoration, education and new product development.
He started offering his expertise as Freeform Studios in 2008. He was one of the first to
use haptic technology and believed that it could be used in new applications.
In 2010 Chris developed an innovative Haptic interactive console with Manchester Museum and Henshaws Society for Blind People.
Touch and Discover Systems was created as a limited company by Chris in partnership with Virtalis who developed the Virtual Reality software.
The Probos Console won several awards in the UK and internationally.
In 2014 this work was awarded an Innovative Practice Award for Accessibility: Haptic and tactile museum experience, from The Zero Project which is supported by the Essl Foundation who implement a United Nations Initiative focusing on the rights of persons with disabilities globally.

Chris now lives in Cornwall continuing to offer services in digital design consultancy, freeform 3D digital modelling, museum replica design and production.
Since moving he is now developing his own art practice towards creating paintings.

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Christopher Dean
Artist, Sculptor, Designer

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TRADITIONAL 

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CAD MODELLING

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SCULPTING

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DESIGN

Our Clients Include

Rolls Royce MotorsBallineum LtdEmma BridgewaterSuperfrock
Manchester MuseumPentreath & Hall LtdWeston Mill PotteryAlibaster & Wilson
Denise O'SullivanCarynx Ltd LondonNational Museums Liverpool3D Scanners Ltd
Royal DoultonH&E SmithPheonix Tiles LtdWedgewood
Wrexham County BoroughThe Potteries MuseumGladstone Potteries MuseumHereford Cathedral

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