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Lights, Lithophanes & Landscapes by Beth Lewis Williams


Beth Lewis Williams: Exploiting the Traditional and Mysterious Technique of Lithophanes

‘Lights, Lithophanes & Landscapes’ is a collection of porcelain lighting created by Beth Lewis Williams back in 2014. The London based designer and maker is specializing in bespoke porcelain lighting and exploits the traditional and mysterious technique of lithophanes.

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Lights, Lithophanes & Landscapes by Beth Lewis Williams – Clustered Lithopanes Pendants

Traditional Craftmanship meets Novel Manufacturing Technology & Controls

The porcelain lamps are realised using 3D printing technologies and hand carving, and are foreseen with the latest LED and lighting controls. 
The lights explore urban scenes contrasting current social, environmental, and aesthetic scenes with those of the romantic landscapes featured on 19th Century industrially produced domestic ceramics.

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Beth Lewis Williams – The Cross and Ramsgate.

Lithophanes – A 19th Century Passion

Lithophanes were a 19th Century passion and were used with an internal light source diffusing through the porcelain creating a gentle play of shadows exposing beautiful, delicate and sculptural images.

“The porcelain lithophane lights create a gentle play of shadows exposing beautiful, delicate and sculptural images”

The widespread emergence of 3D printed landscape patterns on industrial ceramics was driven by the fashion for Chinese and Japanese porcelain, decorated with idyllic and picturesque landscapes. It was in effect a rural nostalgia, the result of a confluence of technological development and urbanisation. The work of Beth Lewis Williams, in turn, examines intense urban landscapes though the elegiac atmosphere lithophanes create.

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Tower Block – Illumination switched on and off.

Bespoke Design and Manufacturing Services for Lighting Features

Beth Lewis Williams future work will be structured through a bespoke design and manufacturing service delivering unique lighting features for individual clients. For more work and references, here’s a link to her personal website.

Leti Pendant Light by Studio Macura


Leti by Studio Macura: A 3D Printed Bird-Friendly Pendant Light

Leti is a pendant light designed by Studio Macura back in 2014 with a clipped 3D printed bird on a textile covered power cable. The stylish pendant lights, both functional and elegant at the same time, are available in a variety of colored cables and bird color combinations. We recently rediscovered this Dutch Design piece, and happily share it with you.

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Studio Macura: Leti bird lamp Black & White

Leti: Iconic Poetic Objects

The cables come in black, white and red finishings allowing for three monochromatic combinations. For the white version, upto nine color birds can be selected. All of the birdies are created by means of 3D printing. The serene and a bit ‘surreal’ combination of the bird on the cable creates an iconic poetic object which is both out of the ordinary yet very familiar.

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Leti: a stylish pendant light with various color birds and finishes.

Combining Materials & Finishes

A simple color matched half dome ceiling rose completes the piece. The bird is made of 3D printed polyamide 3D printing materials, positioned on a textile finished cable. The light fitting is foreseen with a clear glossy globe halogen 28 Watt bulb. Of course, you can use any Ecosaver instead.

Pictures in this post are property of Studio Macura.

GrabCAD Light the way: A One Week Generative Design Challenge


GrabCAD Light the Way:  Generative Design Competition to create a 3D Printable Lamp Design for Sonar+D Festival

Where 3D printing, design, and creativity merge, a unique combination of innovation and experimentation appears. The GrabCAD Light the Way Design Challenge triggers the users of Generative Design to use data as a driver for design generating algorithms.

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GrabCAD Light the Way Design Challenge – Artistic Lampshade

One week Generative Design Challenge

The Design Challenge – lasting for only one short week – was initiated by FabLab Barcelona, MakerBot and IN(3D)USTRY. Users were invited to explore the creative limits of Generative Design and 3D printing by creating a light fixture to be displayed during the Sonar+D creativity festival, running from June 16-18 in Barcelona, Spain.

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GrabCAD Light the Way Design Challenge- Butterfly Lamp.

Generative Design 3D Printable Lamp

The generatively designed 3D printable lamp – coming either in a table version or as a pendant – should be inspired by music, art or energy. Also, the lamp should contain a widely accepted light bulb – the E27, as LED energy saver with a power of 400 lumen.

Winners Rewards and Showcase

The top three winning designs will be showcased at the “IN(3D)USTRY From Needs to Solutions” Maker Pro exhibition taking place during the Sonar+D creativity festival in Barcelona, Spain.

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GrabCAD Light the Way Design Challenge – Koraillon

In addition, the winners will have the opportunity to participate in IMPRIMIDA, an exclusive workshop also taking place at the creativity festival “Sonar+D”.

The deadline for entries has passed already (June 6th), there were 230 submissions in total. The finalists were announced by June 16, 2016. It’s now waiting for the winners, they will be announced soon, by June 21, 2016.

Pictures in this post are sourced from the GrabCAD Light the Way Design Challenge page.

Webinar: The Design of 3D Printed Optics with Zemax OpticStudio


Free Webinar on Designing 3D Printed Optics with Zemax OpticStudio

Additive manufacturing offers the upwards potential to revolutionize manufacturing across a broad range of industries. Here’s an interesting webinar by Zemax and Luxexcel on designing 3D printed optics by Zemax OpticStudio.

3D Printed Optics by Luxexcel

Recently, Zemax started to cooperate with Dutch Luxexcel, a global leader in 3D printed optics. Not so long ago, Luxexcel’s optical grade ‘LUX Opticlear’ material was added to the Zemax software library. Consequently, it enables the optics designer to do an even easier job in designing optics and optical components. Arising from the exciting collaboration, a free webinar was given in the last weeks on how to design optics for 3D printing.

Nowadays, Optics Designers around the globe start to discover the unique advantages of Printoptical Technology. The enhanced design freedom coming along with this digital fabrication technology is a great gift. Finally, it is expected that the new way of designing optics will pave the path to new optics types and  smarter optics solutions.

Luxexcel and Zemax OpticStudio: paving the path to novel optics design.

Designing Optical Components in Zemax OpticStudio

In the webinar you’ll learn from the manufacturer itself about unique optical design considerations when preparing optical components for 3D printing. Additionally, you will learn about the capabilities offered by OpticStudio to facilitate the design 3D printed optical systems.

Here’s the recording of the webinar:

Economies of Scale

The challenges of fabricating components for optical and illumination design are significant. However, 3D printed optics are beginning to offer the necessary characteristics. Therefore, we can really recommend your viewing this very interesting webinar from Zemax.

Anyone involved in the design of illumination optics should take a breath. Just take a minute to consider the novel design options arising from this powerful cooperation!

Avoid Chandelier by Janne Kyttanen


Avoid Chandelier – A Glowing Circular Light Fixture Featuring an Intricate Diamond Structure

The Avoid Chandelier by digital sculptor Janne Kyttanen is a circular light fixture featuring an intricate diamond structure. When lit, it starts to glow from it’s inner center and spread its beautiful patterned light into the area while creating a wonderful ambiance. The shape is influenced by Lie sphere geometry, a geometrical theory in which the fundamental concept is the sphere. The fixture comes in various finishings, such as copper and chrome, and will be launched in Europe during the Design Basel 2016 event.

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Avoid Chandelier by Janne Kyttanen in Chrome finishing. Source: Jannekyttanen.com

3D Printing – VR and Augmented Reality

Janne Kyttanen is a digital sculptor operating at the intersection of 3D printing, virtual & augmented reality. His multi-disciplinary work has been featured for example in TIME Magazine’s ‘Design 100’. It captures the most influential design in the world from the perspective of leading designers with their ideas.

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Janne Kyttanen is a digital sculptor operating at the intersection of 3D printing, virtual & augmented reality. Source: Jannekyttanen.com

Kyttanen is best known for his early-staged revolutionary work with 3D printing and is considered to be one of the most influential artist designers of his generation. He resides between his two studios based in Los Angeles and Amsterdam.

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Avoid Chandelier by Janne Kyttanen in Copper finishing. Source: Jannekyttanen.com

Design Miami / Basel 2016

The newly generated Avoid Chandelier will be unveiled by Gallery ALL during the upcoming edition of Design Miami / Basel 2016, running this June 14th – 19th in Basel, Switzerland.

Pictures in this post are courtesy of Janne Kyttanen.

LEDbits: Designing with LEDs Finally made Easy


LEDbits: Build the Lamp of your Dreams in a only a few Steps

Many of us will confirm that building lamps with LED diodes is hard these days. Selecting the right components that seamlessly go together is a hard job. Not to forget about the safety. Yet, times are changing! Soon, LEDbits make it’s market entrance: a complete plug-and-play system that brings enhanced freedom to build nice quality lights, without the frustrations of electronical and thermal management and safety risks.

Set your Color – Shape the Form – Hit the Controls!

Getting up and running with your novel lighting concept is now just a matter of choosing the right light color, shape the beam by selecting the best suitable optics, and finally hit up your controls. By picking one of the available plug and play controls, or build your own controls with Arduino or Raspberry Pi, you can fastly set up your functional customized light system.

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With LEDbits, you can create lights ranging from cosy warm light to vivid cool white. Easily choose the color that best fits your mood or reflects the task you need to preform. For the case you rather want a spot light, or use your lamp to light the environment, you can always shape your light correctly by choosing the right LED optics!

At the electronics end, you can for for an easy switch of dimmer, but the system also goes hand in hand with Arduino or Raspberri Pi. The user finally decides what suits him best! In terms of materials finishing, you can select wood, use 3D printing, work with metal, silk or cork, and always attach the LEDbit in a way that it best suits your material.

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With the large selection of available connector plugs, the individual modules can be attached to virtually any material. It is easy to seamlessly blend them into your next lamp design.

“A modular toolkit that enable you to easily build modern lamps, while making use of the advantages of High Power LED technology”

3DPrinting.Lighting_LEDbits Application Example (1)Buildblocks for Makers

The team behind the concept, PicusLED in Eindhoven, intends to build a community of makers that proudly uses their LEDbits concept. Creative people can do amazing thingsg with LEDbits, and certainly inspire others with their work and motivate them as well to get started!

3DPrinting.Lighting_LEDbits Application Example (2)After more than two years of research, development and design, the team is getting confident that the time to show the concept to the world has arrived. The team of PicusLED, including Rob, Philip and Nikolai are working hard to finalize the designs and getting this fantastic concept ready for production.

3DPrinting.Lighting_LEDbits Application Example (3)LEDbits: Safe, Easy and Effective

With the coming of LEDbits, designing with LEDs is finally made easy, safe and accesible to anyone! These days, LEDbits project is getting prepared for launch on Kickstarter.

Keep watching them with us, there’s certainly many more to come!

Pictures in this blogpost are courtesy of PicusLED.

The Relio Flens – World’s first Flashlight Collimator for Smartphones


Relio Flens: 3D Printing Used to Rapidly Engineer Smart Mobile Flash Light Booster

Boost your smartphone’s LED flash up to 10 times! The Relio Flens turns the flash light of your mobile device into a narrow, powerful and directed light beam. Get ready to tackle the night by seeing and be seen better!

Stop Fearing the Dark!

The Flens add-on is intended for everyone who needs a better control of it’s mobile phone’s flashlight. With Flens, you can finally use your smartphone’s flash light for a variety of renewed purposes. You’ll be able to enrich your nightly adventures or to have safe walks in the dark. Or use it for emergency situations, repairs or inspections. Simply functional light when and where you need it!

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Relio Flens – the first flashlight collimator for smartphones

3D Printing for Product Engineering

The team of Relio succesfully applied various 3D printing technologies during the engineering stage. Both the lens holder and the lens itself were additively manufactured.

Various fast prototyping techniques were used to optimize engineering flexility and speed.

For the lens holder, Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) technology was used with a basic PLA filament. For the optical lens part, Relio used the rapid prototyping service for optical components of Luximprint. Thus, they were able to test a couple of lens variations in an iterative way before moving to final series manufacturing. The manufacturing speed and design flexibility were of great advantage to come to a fast and cost-effective solution.

The engineering time, finally, was significantly reduced by cutting away the extensive time that is usually needed to get optical prototypes in place. The use of 3D printing for your engineering purposes makes very much sense!

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Turn your mobile flash into a functional and directed light source in seconds

How does the Relio f.lens Work?

The Relio Flens catches, collects and concentrates shallow LED light beams, turning your phone into an actual, tight-focussed flash light. The flashlight collimator is made of premium, first class raw materials. The final lens product is made of BK07 glass, embedded into a sandblasted aliminum body. The tiny add-on can be easily attached to your mobile by tiny neodinum magnets. A small carbon-steel adhesive washer is applied around the flash of the phone to provide magnetic coupling.

3DPrinting.Lighting_Relio_Flens_Stop Fearing the Dark_animationFlens is specifically designed for all flash equipped Apple-devices and selected Windows and Android devices. It comes in one size that fits every compatible mobile device.

100% Made in Italy

The product is proudly developed, built and assembled in the hills of Northern Italy by the very promising team of young professionals at Relio. They deliver a great proof of how 3D printing can ease and empower the engineering of functional and smart lighting devices for both niche- and commodity markets.

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Are you impressed by this project? Consider helping Relio by supporting them on Kickstarter. Just leave them a ‘high-five’ or purchase a single or even bundle of Flenses yourself!

GetReady4 3D – Become a 3D Printing Professional in Just a Few Steps!

Image of Diogo Quental and Nadia Yaakoubi promoting their Get Ready 4 3D printing course

GetReady4 3D: Easily Learn – Understand and Identify 3D Printing Opportunities Online

Turn your ideas into reality with 3D printing. Learn an amazing new skills and be on the cutting edge of a technology that will soon change the economy. The GetReady4 3D Online Course aims to help people to understand the basics of 3D printing and understand the impact it will have on our future businesses and economy.

GetReady4 3D: Demystify Preconceived Ideas around 3D Printing

In the course, you will learn everything about the 3D printing process, understand its benefits, and demystify some preconceived ideas. You will also identify the major players within the 3D printing ecosystem and understand that there’s a place for new business models waiting for you. With easy to follow segments and plenty of real world examples, you will be able to learn how to take advantage of this amazing technology.

“Turn ideas into reality with 3D printing. be on the cutting edge of a technology that will soon change the economy.”

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Make your ideas become reality with 3D printing

What you will learn in this course?

♦ To understand the fundamentals of 3D printing;
♦ To know the 3D printing process and ecosystem;
♦ To understand the steps of the printing process;
♦ To materialise your idea into a real 3D object;
♦ To distinguish among printers, materials, and techniques;
♦ To comprehend the business potential of 3D printing technology.

Nadia Yaakoubi and Diogo Quental – the power behind GetReady4 3D

Who is this course intended for?

Basically, the course is recommended to anyone with an interest in 3D printing and who wants to take advantage of the 3D printing business opportunities.

More specifically, professionals and business leaders who want to understand this new way of making as well as the potential impact on their area of activity can greatly benefit from understanding the basics of this new industrial revolution.

Finally, students and young professionals that are either on the university of just graduated and now aim to set-up their own company, or just start working on their first job position.

Learn more about the course and opportunities at www.getready43d.com.

Luster Chandelier: 3D Printed Treasure by Silvia Lovásová


Luster Chandelier: Imperfections of 3D Printing Create Surprising Decorative Light Motif

Silvia Lovásová is an Object Designer based in Bratislava, Slovakia. We recently discovered some of her design work on the web, and are delighted to bring the ‘Luster Chandelier’, one of here most impressive projects we noted, closer to you in this post. The Luster Chandelier was first showed at the Bratislava Design Week 2015.

3DPrinting.Lighting_Luster Chandelier by Silvia Lovasova (7)‘Luster’ – Meaningful Terminology

‘Luster’ or ‘Lustre’ is the way light interacts with a surface of for example a crystal, rock or a mineral. The word itself traces its origins back to the latin “lux”, that means “light”. Generally, it implies radiance, gloss, or brilliance. A range of different terms are used to describe lustre, such as earthy, metallic, greasy, and silky.

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Luster Chandelier – light interacts with the surface of the printed parts.

Transparent Motif – Bits and Pieces

The project Silvia spent the most time with in the last year  was this 3D printing this chandelier. It is build together from sixty separately printed pieces and LED light sources.

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The Luster Chandelier is the result of an experiment with a desktop 3D printer. Instead of following the recommended settings, Silvia decided to leave a support material in places where it was needed to make use of enhanced design space and freedom in order to reach new shapes and surprising effects.

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The ‘flaw effect’ arise from ‘fallen layers’ of plastic.

In fact, the form doesn’t correspond with the digital CAD model, but arose from some ‘fallen layers’ of plastic. This ‘mistake’ becomes an advantage, the main and decorative motif of the object that refers to traditional chandeliers.

Pictures in this post are property of Silvia Lovásová.

Wohlers Report 2016: Now available!

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Wohlers Report 2016: 3D Printing Industry reveals $1 billion Growth

Wohlers Report 2016 provides annualy a worldwide review and analysis of the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry. The report has served as the undisputed industry-leading report for professionals and investors in the field on the subject for two decades.

The “Bible of 3D Printing’

Now in its 21st publication, this new edition marks another consecutive year of publication. Many professionals meanwhile refer to it as the “bible” of 3D printing. The actual report was developed with the support of 98 service providers, 51 system manufacturers, 15 third-party material producers, and the valuable contributions of 80 co-authors in 33 countries.

Wohlers Report 2016: Unparalleled Window into AM and 3D printing

Wohlers Associates is fortunate to have developed the largest network of peers in the industry. This access and trust of many experienced friends in the field has resulted in a report that offers an unparalleled window into additive manufacturing and 3D printing.

Wohlers Report 2016 is now available!
Wohlers Report 2016 is now available!

335 Pages AM and 3D Printing Knowledge now Available

The pages of the 2016 edition of the report includes 35 charts and graphs, 68 tables, and 322 full color images and illustrations. It also includes more than 160 pages of supplemental online information available exclusively to the buyers of the report.

The report is available for purchase at the website of Wohlers Associates.