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AE12 Binder Jetting – Dense Plastic Parts Produced in Binder Jetting Technology

Apple printed with AE12 Binder Jetting material

AE12 Binder Jetting: Extremely Economical Production of Functional Plastic Parts

Additive elements GmbH has presented development results at FormNext 2016. The new process enables the production of dense plastic parts using AE12 Binder Jetting 3D printers. 

Currently, Binder Jetting lets you build only porous parts in gypsum or molding forms in sand. The process either needs a post building treatment, like the infiltration with epoxy, or is meant to create parts that are easy to destroy after casting procedures. This is where the new material system AE12 gets relevant. It enables the extremely economical production of functional plastic parts.

“AE12 BINDER JETTING system enable AN extremely economical production of functional plastic parts”

Finally it will be possible to use the Binder Jetting technology for direct additive manufacturing of high quality parts. “The biggest challenge was to reduce the porosity of the built parts to a minimum.” says development manager Johannes Günther.

Francis 3D shape printed with AE12 Binder Jetting technologie
3D shape ‘Francis’ printed with AE12 Binder Jetting technologie.

The material system is based on PMMA, also known as acrylics. The binder is mixed with additives, that polymerize after the building process and close the part to create the highest possible density. The unprinted powder can be completely reused. That creates further advantages compared to existing 3D printing technologies.

Voronoi shape printed with AE12 Binder Jetting material
Voronoi shape printed with AE12 Binder Jetting material.

The scalability to larger machines allows, in theory, to produce parts that are a few meters big – at the moment almost impossible in any traditional production process. Parts made in AE12 won’t be used for extreme mechanical use cases, but functional end products are definitely a target application.
AE12 was initially developed for Voxeljet machines, but will be useable on other Binder Jetting systems, too.

Beta Tests are Running

Beta customers are testing the material until in mid-2017 it will be accessible to the public. Samples are available on demand via Additive Elements. The process should let to additive manufacturing take the next step into the direction of serial production. Plastic parts will be producible at a fraction of costs of the established 3D printing technologies. For a lot of industries, this is the major criteria for adapting additive manufacturing.

Until market launch AE12 will be parametrized to even larger machines and different Binder Jetting systems.

LEDbits Toolkit Launched on Kickstarter

LEDbits Toolkit now on Kickstarter

Now on Kickstarter: LEDbits Toolkit for Creating a Personalized LED Lighting Experience

The ‘plug-and-play’ LEDbits Toolkit enables designers to create amazing lamps with a great and personalized user experience! Today, the concept was launched on Kickstarter after ramping up for launch for almost two years.

LEDbits: Mix and Match!

LEDbits modules are designed to be ‘worry-free’! The team behind the inventive concept spent months to make the concept as simple as possible. The individual build blocks quickly and effortlessly fit together, and can be easily swapped out.

LEDbits – How does it work?

Basically, the LEDbits system is designed for a great user experience. It all boils down to three simple steps:

Step 1: Choose Your Light Color

LEDbits: Choose Your Light Color

Making a night light? Choose a LED module that radiates cozy warm light! Building a lamp to light your office environment? Then go for a bright white light! Or just choose the blue one, and do something different!

Step 2: Shape your Beam

LEDbits - Shape your Beam visual

Combine the LED module with a lens that bundles the light into a spot, or go with a diffusive effect for an even smoother light distribution.

Step 3: Hook up your Controls

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Finally, hook up a toggle switch, a rotary knob, capacitive touch or go crazy and program your own with Arduino. It is as easy as connecting one ‘plug-and-play’ LEDbits control modules.

LEDbits seamless integration

The beautiful modules seamlessly integrate in your design. Makers can experience the ease of the wide variety of fixation possibilities designed into the modules and the supplied fasteners.

“The right toolkit for every type of maker”

LEDbits comes in a variety of toolkits to make it work for every type of maker. The system was thoroughly tested by a variety of designers and makers from the local community and perfectionized for almost two years before the launch on Kickstarter earlier today.

More information is also available on the LEDbits website.

GrabCAD Print Software is out of Beta

GrabCAD Print Beta Program ended succesfully

GrabCAD Print is now officially out of Beta Testing

Since the beta test program began for GrabCAD print five months ago, over 40 customer-driven enhancements were added by the GrabCAD team to make the package more smooth and functional operating. In addition to the capabilities that were originally roadmapped, new features were added to the program to make working with GrabCAD Print even more attractive.

Novel GrabCAD Print Features and Benefits

GradCAD Print is available for use on a growing list of Stratasys printers in nine languages. The smooth operation software allows you to print directly from your favorite professional CAD formats, saving hours of time usually spent converting and fixing STL files. The direct print to CAD software supports a variety of 3D printers, including uPrint, Dimension, Fortus 250, Fortus 380, and Fortus 450 with more coming in 2017.

Next to this, some business intelligence features on material usage and printer utilization were added to make working with the software even more attractive. Furthermore, scaling and orientation controls support features were added.

Powerful GrabCAD Cloud Application

GrabCAD unveils a cloud application that gives its users the power to work – and print – from any location. In places like job prep, scheduling, and monitoring the software will be most impactful.

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GrabCAD Print Workflow by Stratasys

Brainy collaboration is built right in for better application and printer data tracking. Want better tray utilization and advanced layout capability? No sweat. GrabCAD Print’s scaling and orientation support mean your printing efficiencies will go through the roof.

GrabCAD Print Certification Badge

With the release of GrabCAD Print, the company also launched a certification test that comes with it’s very own certification badge. From now on, you can show off to the rest of the community your supperior knowledge of GrabCAD Print.

The final launch of the platform is another step into the direction of making professional 3D printing more easy and accessible.

LPJacques Lacelamps: Colorful 3D Printed Lamp Design Bulbs and Shades


LPJacques Lacelamps: Wonders of 3D Digital Creation

Linlin and Pierre-Yves are French expert artists, actively involved in the field of Digital Creation. After creating and enjoying beautiful artworks all over the world in the past few years, they finally decided to create a new collection of 3D printed lighting products: the LPJacques Lacelamps.

3D printed LPJacques Lacelamp blazing beautiful light and shadow patterns in the room.
LPJacques Lacelamps ‘Line’ – Blazing beautiful patterns in the room.

3D Printing: A New Design Dimension

With the arrival of 3D printing, the works of both designers take on a next dimension. The Lacelamps designs are a fine blend of their common inspiration. Their work is also infused with the ambiance of design minded Paris, where they spend most of their time.

Clustered Blue LPJacques Lacelamps Drop version hanging down from the ceilig.
The colored ‘Drops’ Lacelamps comes in a small and medium version.

For more information and projects from the succesful LJP designer duo, please also refer to the LPJ Studio website, or just visit our ‘Inspiration Corner‘.

Lighting Research Center Expands Lighting Course Content with 3D Printing


Lighting Research Center adds Additive Manufacturing to Course Content of LED Lighting Institute

Building upon the research expansion taking place in the SSL Program at Rensselaer’s Lighting Research Center, the LRC’s biannual LED Lighting Institute is also expanding its horizons with connected lighting and 3D printing for lighting professionals.

Connected Lighting and 3D Printing for Lighting Industry Professionals

The next course at the LRC, scheduled for Nov. 15-17, 2016, in Troy, New York, includes a 3-day seminar for industry professionals. The seminar covers the latest advances in LED and SSL technology. Next to that, it will include new content related to connected lighting and 3D printing – two up-and-coming fields where the SSL industry can add value and reap benefits for producers and the users of their equipment.

3D Printing of Lighting components. Picture: Lighting Research Center.
3D Printing of Lighting components. Picture: Lighting Research Center.

3D Printing of Lighting Components

To support the SSL industry through research that shows the value of lighting beyond energy savings, LRC has set a course in the last year. Embracing the trends toward customization and data analytics, SSL research is now evolving to include new developments such as connected lighting (Internet of Things (IoT), and 3D printing of lighting components. The LED Lighting Institute will highlight these growing trends in the SSL marketplace and help participants learn more about state-of-the-art research in these fields.

LED Lighting Institute teaches the best methods for incorporating LEDs and OLEDs into architectural lighting fixture designs and lighting systems. Picture: LRC

Lighting Beyond Energy Savings

With the core component of this course being LED and OLED technology, those who attend the LED Lighting Institute will learn the best methods for incorporating LEDs and OLEDs into architectural lighting fixture designs and lighting systems, and compare system components from a wide variety of manufacturers to determine operating characteristics, rated life, lumen output, distribution, and other important specification factors. The program culminates with participants designing, building, and evaluating their own lighting fixtures.

Workshop Popularity is Growing

This intensive workshop continues to grow in popularity, so early registration is recommended as enrollment is limited to 30 students. Meanwhile, over 800 people from around the globe have completed the course, which is held in spring and fall each year.

For more information or to register, visit: http://www.lrc.rpi.edu/education/outreachEducation/InHouseInstitute.asp

Lily by Janne Kyttanen: An Ode to 3D Printed Lighting


Lily by Janne Kyttanen: Paving the Way for Things to come in 3D Printing Lighting

In an exclusive movie by Dezeen, released earlier this month, Janne Kyttanen explains how he designed the  flower-shaped ‘Lily’ lamp back in 2002 as a demonstration of how 3D printing could be used to create desirable lighting objects for the home.

3D Printing: From Prototyping Use only to End Product Fabrication

Back in 2002, 3D printing technologies were much more expensive than they are today. The key to the success of this particular product was making it small enough to be affordable, according to Kyttanen himself. On the contrary to what he expected – the fixture was originally designed for private use – the light caused a stir when it was in 2003 presented at Milan Design Week. By showing how 3D printing – previously considered a prototyping technology only – could be finally used to create consumer products as well.

3dprinting-lighting_lily_light_janne_kyttanen_dezeen_duoLily by Janne Kyttanen

Kyttanen’s Lily light, which he designed during his time in his studio ‘Freedom of Creation’ (Amsterdam, NL), is a lamp created by selective laser sintering (SLS). The form reminiscent of a water lily flower. It’s been made of polyamide, a very fine powder used for SLS processes.

3D-printed as a single piece, each Lily light features a series of extremely thin petals.
3D-printed as a single piece, each Lily light features a series of extremely thin petals.

When the light inside is turned on, the petals start to glow and reveal the tiny layers of plastic the lamp is composed of.

3D Printing at Home

While the Lily light itself is not currently available to be downloaded and printed at home, Kyttanen suggests the proliferation of affordable desktop 3D printers in the years since the light launched show his instincts about the future of 3D printing were right.

Lily by Janne Kyttanen - Available in a Floor and Table Lamp version
Lily by Janne Kyttanen – Available in a Floor and Table Lamp version

Lily: Designed by Janne – printed by MGX.Materialise

The Lily light is manufactured by the Belgian 3D printing company Materialise. The product – which comes in a table and floor-standing version – is still available for purchase.

This post was inspired by Dezeen’s article and interview with Janne Kyttanen.

iPhone Lamp by Ivan Zhurba


Iphone Lamp by Ivan Zhurba: Enjoy Task Lighting and Music while your Mobile Phone is Charging

The iPhone Lamp by Ivan Zhurba is a designful eco lamp that can use your iPhone flashlight for reading books , magazines or to listen to your favorite music while the mobile device itself is charging. The lamp is also equipped with a sound amplifier that makes your music sounds brighter and louder. Let’s find out a bit more on this stylish and user-friendly design lighting concept.

Lighting and Charging in one Shot

The iPhone Lamp is an elegant, yet simple arm that holds your iPhone. While hidden in its nook, the phone can be used as a functional task or reading light by activating the flashlight feature.

iPhone Desk Lamp – A clean and mean task light for table top use including an iPhone holder.

Since the bottom of the iPhone remains exposed, a charging cable can remain plugged into it and reproduce some Spotify or iTunes music over Wi-Fi. The iPhone 4/4s and 5/5c fit into the actual design, and a version for the new iPhone 6 is already under design.

iPhone Lamp Design Sketches

AutoCAD 2012 and Autodesk 3ds Max were used to create the initial design sketches, before taking the step towards 3D printing a functional prototype.


When writing this article, I thought also about The Relio Flens and F-Sign Table Luminaires that I wrote about earlier. Clean and smart design, combined with user-friendlyness and ease of use.

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Reading your favorite magazine or book with help of the iPhone Lamp.

Pictures in this post are sourced from the website of Ivan Zhurba.

Akinori Goto: Exploring the Relationship between Time and Movement


Toki – 3D Printed Zoetrope  Process & Walk Animation

Japanese media artist Akinori Goto designed a brilliant 3D printed ‘Zoetrope’ that, when lit from the side, reveals walking or if you like dancing people. The impressive artwork was on display not so long ago at the Spiral Independent Creators Festival in Japan, where it won various prizes. 

Thanks to the creative brains of Goto, the zoetrope sculpture takes on a new dimension. A flavour of 3D printing makes it even more magic. In the video at the top of this post, Goto explains stepwise how he created the same effect for a previous project, named ‘Toki-‘, a sculpture that instead animates a walking figure.

How does it Work?

Goto started by creating a 2D time axis of a figure outline taking  two steps forward. Thereafter, he converts this progression to a 3D axis, placing it onto a vertical plane. That data is translated into a 3D computer graphic and morphed based on the fourth dimension: time.

Then, the model itself was created using 3D printing technologies and placed on a motor-powered rotating platform. After the 3D printing process and the finishing was ready, Goto took a projector and shines onto to the rotating wire grid. Then, a walking person with an elegant leg lift appears and animates a small ballet dancer.

3DPrinting.Lighting_Akinori Goto_3D printed zoetrope sculpture
A projector shoots sharp concentrated beams of light at the rotating wheel, illuminating the narrow silhouette of the characters.

Zoetrope at 2016 Spiral Independent Creators Festival

The sculpture was submitted to the 2016 Spiral Independent Creators Festival, an open design competition in Japan. Here, it won both the Runner up Grand Prix and the Audience Award.

Akinori Goto – Interactive Media Artist

Goto has more interesting projects in his portfolio. You can view his extensive collection on his Tumblr website.

Latitude Lamp: Solar-Powered and 3D printed by Nea-studio


Latitude Lamp: A Global Lighting Product Customized to Local Conditions

The Latitude Lamp, designed by Nea-studio, is a solar-powered light fixture that emits atmospheric light. The fixture can be fabricated in many different set-ups according to the user’s location or latitude. 3D printing technology was used to convert the initial product idea into a functional prototype.

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The Latitude Lamp needs to bathe in daylight for eight hours a day, with the solar panel facing the sky.

Solar-Power from Custom Latitudes

The Latitude Lamp is a perfect example of a product that is tailored for use at specific locations. The geometry of the lamp can be automatically updated in a digital CAD file so that the tilt of the solar panel changes according to latitude. By tilting the panel at different angles, the lamp’s capacity for electric power generation is optimized in its perpendicularity to the rays of the sun. The fixture can be used in both indoor and outdoor environments.

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When getting dark, the lamp will automatically start to light up, glowing gradually brighter from dusk to fall of darkness.

Nea-studio: Model-making, Rapid Prototyping & Materials Experimentation

Nea-studio is a Brooklyn, New York based studio that was founded back in 2006 by Nina Edwards Anker. The focus in their work is on architecture, product- and furniture design, landscape- and urban planning.

3DPrinting.Lighting_Latitude Lamp by Nea-Studio (4)The studio operates in a project environment in which implementation takes place in parallel with model-making, rapid prototyping and experimentation with ideas, materials, and manufacturing processes, such as in this case, 3D printing. The practice maintains a cross disciplinary nature where sharing ideas is an essential part of work philosophy.

Cozi Studio: Breaking Boundaries Through Complex Forms and Illusory Textural Surfaces


Cozi Studio: A high-end Brand for 3D Printed Lighting Fixtures and Furniture Design

The founders of Cozi Studio, named Yuval Carmel and Ofir Zandani, are two industrial designers that combine a multidisciplinary knowledge of manufacturing techniques. Their studio collection is characterized by a unique morphology, achieved by manipulating traditional materials in extreme and technologically innovative ways. Behind each work lays an idea, a vision.

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Focus Light illuminates surroundings through 3D printed screen.

Complex Planning, Forms and Surfaces

Through complex mold planning, wood press and 3D printing, Co-founders Yuval Carmel and Ofir Zandani have managed to create complex forms and illusory textural surfaces. By combining advanced technologies with traditional craftsmanship, the statement pieces clearly display the dialogue between the nature of the materials and the manipulated forms.

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Dissonance between Materials, Use and Shape.

Dissonance between Materials, Use and Shape

There is a certain dissonance between the materials they use and the forms they realize. They force you to look more thoughtfully, and question the very object you see before you. What inspires the designers are the challenges of design and production. They strive to break through technological boundaries, and take heir designs to the tipping point where other designers are afraid to go.

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‘Focus Light’ employs selective laser sintering to generate a flexible and durable three-dimensional piece.

SLS 3D Printing Technology

Out of the various 3D printing technologies, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) suits best the unique printed fabrics. Working with Polyamide Nylon, a laser beam solidifies powdered plastic layer-by-layer using heat in a controlled environment.

Unique printed fabrics from Polyamide Nylon
Unique printed fabrics from Polyamide Nylon.

The woven segments are built from the bottom-up and into each other,  creating a flexible lace like textile. The different fabrics are  meticulously planned on the computer using 3D programming,  printed and assembled by hand.

3DPrinting.Lighting_Cozi Studio (8)Materials Talk: Creating the Dialogue

The designers aim is finally to create a dialog between technology and craft, between perception and tangibility. Some of the actual objects of the Cozi Studio include the Wrinkles and Early blossom center piece bowls and the Ghost, Focus and Bloom lighting fixtures.

You can see more of their work featured at the Cozi Studio website or Designboom.