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ONE LAST THING
Napientek tragically lost her brother and business
partner Jon Neidlinger in an accident in 2019. His wife,
Britnee Neidlinger, joined the company as co-owner
shortly after. Since that time, Christensen filled in
during the interim to be a shoulder to lean on for the
nora fleming team, keep production running smoothly,
circumvent the past few years' supply chain issues, and
maintain the company's signature culture of whimsy
and innovation for which it's been known.
" I am so excited to continue this next chapter with
3D printing has reduced the time it takes to create a
sample during the creative process of making the minis.
my nora fleming family, " says Christensen. " We will
continue to innovate with whimsical yet practical items,
all while spreading nora fleming's message of sharing
kindness through artful entertaining and gift giving. "
We recently had a chance to catch up with Napentiek
and Christensen to get the latest on nora fleming.
What do you have in store for the nora fleming
company in 2023?
Nora Napientek: There are so many new and exciting
changes here at nora fleming! New minis, new bases and
a few surprises that we've never done before!
Janice Dayon Christensen: We're most looking
forward to more organic shapes and materials to add to
our mix of current product.
Can you tell us how the process of developing your
iconic minis has changed in the last 2-3 years?
NN: Entertaining has changed a lot over the years with
COVID and people tweaking the way they do things.
We have leaned more on general minis to bring out the
celebrations of simple everyday life. We have learned
through this pandemic that we need to celebrate every
minute we get to spend with family and friends. We also
tried to make deep connections with the end consumers
during the pandemic by having personal uplifting videos
Christenen explains the process to create prototypes
on their Formlab SLA printer...
" ... Acts just like a regular printer - a file is uploaded
to the printer (can even be done off site). There is a
container of resin, and wherever the UV light hits the
resin, it hardens into the shape that is indicated from the
file. This goes in layers to make a 3D piece. The model
is then cleaned in alcohol, and finally sets with another
UV light. For our size minis, the entire process takes
about 4 hours (printing, cleaning, and setting). "
For more information on the printer used at nora fleming,
visit https://formlabs.com/3d-printers/form-3/.
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from myself and " mini idea "
drawing competitions. It was a
blast for the nf fans and awesome
to get their ideas and feedback.
JDC: We've also incorporated
more technology into the process
- specifically purchasing a 3D
printer to most accurately see
how the minis will appear.
Moving from 2D to 3D models
makes all
the difference when
something has the level of
detail that many of our minis
incorporate. It also reduces our
sampling time significantly - we
can get a file, print it out, and
have something in our hands in
a matter of hours versus weeks.
The models are then eventually
used to make the actual mini
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