Nancy Yi Liang

I make physical products from code | 3D Printing at @Amazon | Founder of @MixeeLabs | Dabbler of many things.


How to Sketch Animations in Blender

Create sketch animations using Blender.


In the last two Blender updates, the Grease Pencil tool got a major facelift. The…


Are Brands Becoming Irrelevant?

Last Friday, somebody asked me, “what’s your favorite fashion brand?” This question caught me a bit off guard. It’s a perfectly reasonable question, especially since we were at a talk about fashion. And isn’t fashion a world carved out by empires of brands?

I thought about what I like, and it’s not brands that come to mind. I think about…


Perfection is Arrogance

We’ve all worked with these people. Perfectionists. Exacting people who want things done a specific way. Their way. The perfect way.

At least that’s what they hide behind. This idea that they have incredibly high standards, which explains why they are so demanding, of course.


Ownership → Accessibility

To live in this world, I don’t need more space in my brain. I need more RAM and bandwidth.


The world is shifting from valuing ownership to valuing accessibility.

I use Rdio to access music. I own very few CDs.

I use Kindle to access books. I trim down my bookshelf every year.

Publications edited by Nancy Yi Liang

stories about 3d printing, 3d modeling, digital fabrication

stories on programming, 3d printing, taking things apart and (sometimes) putting them back together, building, inventing.

hm, I wonder…


Good Design, Bad UX


This parking sign project popped up in my newsfeed a few times last week. LA is piloting this new signage design.


Genuinely Curious


I once sat down at a lunch table with some strangers, and we started chit chatting. It was one of those situations where we talked to fill the silence, because awkward noise…


The Space Around Us

This past weekend, a game developer (friend of a friend) showed me his workspace. It’s an environment like I’ve never seen before. The layout was open and the room was dark, apparently good for seeing graphics on a computer screen. No walls. But very quiet.

It got me to start thinking: what are the ways environment affect the way people operate?


The Green State

In 3D printing processes like Stainless Steel and Ceramics, there is a Green State during the production process. During this part, the model is very brittle and fragile. The part needs to be dug out of its powder bed before put into the kiln. Because there is force coming from the air gun, brushes, and general handling, the more fragile models often break in this stage…


Look at what people do


I was in a discussion about interviewing strategies and the merits of behavioral questions versus hypothetical questions.

Behavioral questions start with “Tell me about a time when…”

Hypothetical questions start with “What would you do if…” Hypothetical questions frustrate me for three reasons:

  1. It’s easy to say I…

How to Sketch Animations in Blender

Create sketch animations using Blender.


In the last two Blender updates, the Grease Pencil tool got a major facelift. The…


Carbon3D: the next level in 3DPrinting

Carbon3D prints 25–100x faster than current 3D printers. Imagine getting a replacement part printed while you wait in the…