Before using Computer Aided Design, John Robertson's training in creative arts included a wide spectrum of subjects from fine art, textiles, photography, jewellery and sculpture, stained glass, studying at Camberwell school of art, Central St Martins and the Guildhall University.
While studying at St Martins, He produced art work for musical artists, including last recording of Jimmy Hendrix's, and developed the computer floppy disk drive lock for Stealth international.
His professional CAD career started in 3D CAD modelling the £50M SegaWorld theme park, Trocadero Centre, Piccadilly Circus, London, for creative media company Artewisdom and Architects RTKL, using the software 3D Studio v2 in MS DOS, creating 3D renders and animations for the approval process and news media broadcasts, these were published in architectural journals and reference books including Social Spaces Volume 1.
Then working in collaboration with artists, designers and craftspeople, using my extensive creative and technical skills to produce metal work objet d'art, exhibiting at 100% design and my work winning the Interior Product Award from the Evening Standard in 2001, at the Chelsea Crafts Fair.
Originally trained in 3D modelling working with the European awards winning short film animator Darko Predanic, continuing his CAD training at Birmingham University's technology innovation centre, and RP (rapid prototyping) with the leading 3D Systems skills trainer, who became the Head of Rapid Prototyping at Red Bull Formula One.
He went on to establish the Rapid Prototyping department at one of the UK's largest jewellery companies and Europe's largest Platinum jewellery casting companies. This placed them at the forefront of Rapid Prototyping bureau services in the Jewellery industry in Europe, in an industry which is seen as an early adopter of 3D Printing. John became one of the few selected Beta Testers for the 3D Systems Stereolithography, increasing the devices resolution and testing materials in production process.
The design collections he has produced for are today seen as modern design classics published in industry catalogues, and supplied worldwide.
He was commissioned in 2005 by the Goldsmiths’ Company, one of the Livery Companies of the City of London, to write publications on CAD design for 3D Printing, consisting of two technical reports aimed at demystifying the Computer Aided Design (CAD) process and its associated terminology, designed as a reference guide for British companies when embarking on a CAD system for their design and production process.
The reports were combined and published by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and entitled: An Introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD) for the Jewellery and Silversmithing Industry, in ebook, CD-ROM and Print. The book was highly successful.
Within the field of architecture John trained and worked in the Historic Building Conservation, and its relevant regulations, surveying approaches, CAD standards and the various Craft techniques, visiting, and delivering lectures on the subject, using this experience he trained as adult skills training in Computer Aided Design.
Working for the UK's leading chartered surveyors in the field of rights of light, in research and developed processes, 3D solid modelling architectural drawings of proposed developments and surveys of the surrounding buildings, analysing them to see the changes a new development had on solar glare and its impact on overshadowing and access to daylight in accordance with legal guidelines.
John worked for one of the leading digital colour management company's, profiling printing devices with various substrates, bonds and inks including gold and silver, and trained in full colour 3D printing by 3D Systems top tier training engineers in Le Mans France.
He established and lead 3D printing in the creative industry providing creative and corporate companies in London with CAD and 3D printing consultative service, 3D Printing device solutions, consumables supplies, and 3D Printing Bureau service.
Recent training courses includes: Bioprinting, 3D Printing Human Body Parts, which utilised my wide knowledge of 3D Printing technologies.
The wealth of knowledge and experience he has gained in these specialist areas has enabled me to present creative industry talks on 3D printing on diverse creative 3D subject matters.
Projects included providing the full colour 3D printing solution, expert technical advice, support services and consumables for the iMakr Mini-You 3D scanning and full colour 3D printing service.
Collaborated on the Stop Cyberbullying Day 2014 campaign ad for the charity Cybersmile.
Currently designing and producing pieces for his own luxury jewellery design company VerticesEdge Ltd, which has featured in Condé Nast VOGUE, BRIDES, TATLER, British GQ, and the World of Interiors magazine. House of COCO and Good Housekeeping magazine.
Goldsmiths' Crafts and design Awards, GOLDSMITHS' HALL, March 2017.
Jewellery and Watch NEC Birmingham, UK February 2017.
International Jewellery London, Sept 2016.