3D-printing is transforming how we interact with our everyday world.

It allows us to design, prototype, and create items of utility and artistry that previously was available only to professional manufacturing and drawn-out fabrication cycles.

In the summer of 2016, I began designing a product to meet a rather boring but interesting design challenge I was facing — reading comfortably.

Early ideas Patent submission ProprHandle on Kindle

I worked long hours in my workshop (read: studio apartment in DC) in a cycle of designing, printing, and testing that would feed back on itself many times over the course of the following months.

Me holding the first ProprHandle

Finally landing on a design and product that worked well, I launched the (then-successful) Kickstarter campaign in the spring of 2017 for the Propr Handle, a 3d-printed handle that makes it easier to hold and position your tablet device or phone.

Holding the ProprHandle Attaching and unattaching Packaging for Kickstarter fulfillments

On the success of that launch, I spun out ‘ProprThings’ as a design startup to further incubate custom-designed tools and devices.

ProprThings items