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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.

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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.

New 3MF Extensions Bring Enhanced Efficiency and Manageability to 3D Printing


New 3MF Extensions: Production and Slice Extensions Provide Standardized Tools to Organize and Slice 3D Models

Recently, the 3MF Consortium (3MF) released two specification extensions to its 3MF Core Specification 1.1. The new 3MF Extensions contain a slicing and production extension that allow high-volume additive manufacturing facilities to better integrate and manage their 3D printing operations more smoothly than before.

Moving to Fully Integrated – High End Volume Additive Manufacturing

In addition to the initial launch of the 3MF format, the 3MF Production and Slice Extensions to are significant enhancements that move the industry closer to a fully integrated, high-volume additive manufacturing end-to-end 3D printing solution. Release of specifications like these aligns with the 3MF Consortium’s mission to help improve the efficiency and productivity of additive manufacturing solutions with standardized software.

As founding member of the 3MF Consortium, netfabb supports the standard both, for importing and exporting the 3MF file format,
The 3MF Consortium Founding Members

New 3MF Extensions for Production

Designed for high-volume users such as service bureaus, the 3MF Production Extension makes it more efficient for users to organize and manage 3D printing jobs with multiple parts by keeping them in separate .xml files within the 3MF package, thus dividing the parsing load for large jobs. The 3MF package manages the file hierarchy and relationships among the files, as well as keeping unique identifiers for each part instance.

New 3MF Extensions for Slicing

High-volume additive manufacturing requires practical software that simplifies the 3D design and manufacturing process while fully describing a model, retaining internal information, color, and other characteristics. The actual extensions were developed to solve in a clear, straightforward manner two critical interoperability issues impacting efficiency and manageability in today’s additive manufacturing facilities.

The additive manufacturing industry grew by over $1 billion for the second consecutive year in 2015, according to Wohlers Associates, an independent consulting firm. The 3MF Production and 3MF Slice Extensions are free to download immediately.

Afillia: 3D Printed Polyamide Lights by Alessandro Zambelli


Afillia: Alessandro Zambelli Collection of Luminous Essentials and Airy Voids

Back in 2014, Alessandro Zambelli designed some 3D printed lights for .exnovo. Still, they are a fine example of coming up against the bare essentials. He named his collection of printed pendant and table lights “Afillia”. In botany worlds, where the name originally was borrowed from, it means ‘leafless’. Afillia is surely an apt image for a collection of luminous essentials and airy voids.

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Afillia Design Sketches

Swiss Pine and Diffusive Polyamide

The Afillia range of six light fixtures consists of three table lamps and three pendant lights. The base or socket ring is made from Swiss pine, a premium wood from the Alto Adige mountains. In line with the region’s ancient traditions, it is hand-crafted. The wood fitting locks on to a light diffuser in nylon fibre (polyamide), using selective laser sintering in professional 3D printing.

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The centre piece of each of the accessories is the diffuser which embraces and embellishes space. Delicate, lace-like patterns with their geometrical pinholes give rise to two-dimensional origami in thin, curvaceous spirals.

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Lace-like patterns give rise to 2D origami in curvaceous thin spirals.

Free to waver at will, the light casts fleeting shadows, then beams into unexpected focus, forming round and bright halos. This is energy in it’s purest fluid form, in the no-man’s land between stuff and shape, air and light.

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Afillia Bedroom Application. Pictures: Yooko.fr

The product range is winner of the 2015 Product Innovation Award and still available for purchase at .ExNovo.

Allessandro Zambelli_Afillia for .exnovoImages in this post are courtesy of Designstudio Alessandro Zambelli and .ExNovo

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”

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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.

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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!