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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.

Flux – A 3D Printed Kinetic Sculpture that Plays with our Perception of Reality


Flux – 3D Printing and Light Support Visual Perception at Play

Recently, we found a very interesting project by three students of the KISD in Köln, Germany. We happily share this intriguing project with you and kindly introduce you to ‘Flux’ – a sculpture that displays an animation in the open space playing with the visual perception of the audience. Come with us and discover!

3Dprinting.lighting_Flux 3Dprinted sculpture_Hanna Freres_DisplayFlux – How it Works

Any information that’s been picked up by the eye is forwarded to our brains. From there, it is processed, interpreted and translated into sensory impressions. More or less, visual perception is the ‘product’ of filtering and narrowing down data to something usefull. It finally enables us to depict our environment distinctly.

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Flux by KISD – playing with visual perception in the open physical space.

Flux – Open Space Animation

Flux envisioned a sculpture that displays an animation in the open physical space. Interestingly enough, the sphere is constructed according to the fibonacci sequence. It rotates at a certain speed and gets illuminated in a very specific frequency.

The animation can be seen just by looking at it with your eyes. Usually, additional devices such as lights or filters are used to create a strobe effect. For this project, no external devices or a cameras were used to create the effects. The fibonacci sequence thereby isn’t anything that only appeals to mathematicians, but is of great significance in the process of understanding aesthetics and harmony as a whole – it’s impressing anyone, in as far as an impression can be expressed as visual perception.

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Flux – bill-of-materials: assembled from a variety of components.

Inspired by ‘Blooms’, Designed and Engineered by KISD Students

The project was designed and engineered by Frederik Scheve, Janno Ströcker & Dieter Pilger, three students of the Köln International School of Design. More information is also available at the project website.

Studio David Graas: Modern 3D printed Cityscapes as Lightbulb

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Stalaclights and Huddle Bulbs by Studio David Graas: Beautiful 3D Printed Skyscraper Lights

Let us introduce you the probably most beautiful light bulbs we’ve ever seen: ‘Stalaclights’ and ‘Huddle’. Designed by Studio David Graas from Haarlem, The Netherlands, these 3D printed lights are upside down skyscrapers taken from main US city skylines. Made to look like glowing stalactites that grow inside limestone caves, they aren’t very bright, but they can perfectly serve as creative night lights or mood lights for the kids.

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Stalaclights are 3D printed bulbshades showing skyscrapers that seem to grow directly from the bulb. LED light sources hardly emits heat, therefore is now possible to connect a light shade directly to the bulb itself.

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The intricate design of the shades are inspired by the Art Deco era, a time when the first skyscrapers appeared in big cities like New York and Chicago.

Inspired by High Rise City Buildings

Nowadays every major city is dominated by high rise buildings. Their height steadily increasing in time, fuelled by the desire of their builders to realize the highest building of the world.

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If you would imagine these cities turned upside down it would look just like stalactites growing from the ceiling of a limestone cave. Steadily growing in time with every drop of ground water seeping through the cave’s roof.

Huddle – A Bulb Shaped Modern Cityscape

Huddle, the other creation, is a 3D printed bulbshade showing the modern cityscape: high rise buildings huddling close together. Directly mounted on the LED bulb that is included, the need for a fixture is ruled out.

3DPrinting.Lighting_Huddle_David Graas StudioHuddling as a Strategy for Survival

Just like the penguins in the Antarctic region huddle to survive the extreme cold during the winter time, people also have taken on huddling as a strategy for survival.

3DPrinting.Lighting_Huddle_David Graas Studio_3The mega city seems to be our destined habitat now that resources are becoming scarce. It also hold the key to a sustainable future with its concentration of information, technology and talent.

More of the work from Studio David Graas is available at the Studio’s website.

The Plumen Kayan – A 3D Printing Rumble

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Plumen Kayan: How 3D Printing Plots a New Path in Fixture Design and Development

In the past week, our attention was drawn to a blogpost by Plumen published back in April 2015. For the  release of the Plumen Kayan shade, 3D Printing has been an incredible beneficial process. Let us drop a few lines on how this interesting studio adopts 3D printing for their work in product design and development.

The Plumen Kayan – Design gets Reality

For any design company, the versatility and speed at which  ideas can become reality are key. Using conventional manufacturing technologies, the development path is quite a long one: the extensive lead time and huge upfront investments in custom molds, tools and stocks are horrible. The use of 3D printing technologies on the contrary speeds up the cycle in a incredible way. The Kayan by Plumen is a brilliant example of how design- and future minded companies adopt 3D printing for engineering purposes.

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The Plumen Kayan – a designful 3D printed lampshade. Picture: Plumen.

3D Printing for the Lighting Industry

The ongoing rise in awareness that additive manufacturing technologies can empower the development cycle reaches also the lighting industry. Lighting accessories and spare parts first, but increasingly the end product itself exists of multiple 3D printed parts or is printed as a whole. The coming of new 3D printing materials significantly contributes to this revolution.

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Geometrical 3D printed shade design by Thomas Faessler. Picture: Plumen

Discovering New Design Freedom

At the beginning of 2014, Swiss Designer Thomas Faessler produced a complex geometrical 3D printed shade design (as shown above) for Plumen. 3D printing technology allows product designers to find new ways of designing products and get them produced instantly in quantities of only a few pieces.

The freedom, previously limited by material performance and construction constraints, is now almost unlimited. Designers like Faessler are seizing the reigns of this brave new manufacturing world, creating objects and impressions we’ve only dreamed about before!

Novel 3D Printed Light Facade for Dutch EU Presidency Building


3D Printed Light Facade: Eyecatching Illuminated Look for Recyclable EU Building Cover

Slightly different from our usual blogposts, but certainly worth sharing: the 3D printed Light Facade for the novel EU Building in Amsterdam. The 2016 EU presidency takes place in the Netherlands for the period of half a year. Starting in January at the Amsterdam Marine Area, EU politicians get together in a mobile ‘Europe Building’ prepared especially for this event. The absolute Eye catcher is the ‘3D Printed Light Facade’ designed by Amsterdam based DUS architects. 

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The building’s main entrance is constructed with playfully shaped sails. The sails refer to the many historical sailing ships that are used to be built in this area. The printed patterns comes in a variety of small and large sized shapes, both round and square, and represent the versatility and community of all the different EU countries. At night, the semi-translucent sails are back-lit with a pulsing light. This alcoves, created by the sails, house 3D-printed benches colored in EU-blue.

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The 3D printed facade consists of bio-plastic elements that can be fully recycled.

3D Printed Bio-plastic and Light Coloured Concrete Seating Surfaces

Every seating is parametrically designed and fits perfectly within the alcove. These prototypes were developed especially for the EU presidency. The prints – made locally with the XXL 3D printer of the 3D Print Canal House project in Amsterdam – are made of a specially developed bio-plastic by Henkel.

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The seating surfaces are filled up with a light-coloured concrete.

Fast and Effective Collaboration

The façade has been developed in a very short time span thanks to the close collaboration between various project partners. The fabrication of the prints has been done by Actual, an Amsterdam-based start-up that develops online customizing software for building elements linked to XL 3D printing. The bio-plastic material can be shredded and reprinted after the presidency is over.

Pictures in this post are courtesy of DUS Architects Amsterdam.

3D Printed Ceramic Pendants by Christo Logan


New York based Designer Christo Logan Designs Complex 3D Printed Ceramic Pendants

The New York based designer Christo Logan, founder of studio two.parts, creates pendant lights built with 3D printed ceramics. The specific choice for ceramic material is because of its strength, the plasticity, its durability, amazing finish and excellent heat resistance.

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The two.parts series – Canary pendant

Absence of the Light Bulb

The fixtures appear as if enclosing an absent light bulb. When turning on the light, the central void illuminates the interior, inverting the perception of each shape and causing the reflective ceramic surface to act as a light source.

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Christo Logan’s two.parts series contain complex hollow details.

Complex Hollow Structures with Internal Details

Each individual piece is printed as a complex hollow structure with internal details that conceal the LED light sources, the wiring, and custom connection hardware. The fixtures are built to order in New York with parts from Europe, Asia and Queens.

3DPrinting.Lighting_Christo Logan_two.parts__orbitThe lamps are design by Christo Logan, pictures in this post are property of two.parts and were taken by Juan Ude photography.

Netfabb joins the Autodesk Family


German Software Start-Up Netfabb now Officially Part of the Autodesk Family

Back in September 2015, it went officially public that netfabb® would be acquired by Autodesk®. These days, it was announced that netfabb has officially joined the Autodesk family. The deal is an interesting one, and experts see it as a movement to a cloud subscription model over Autodesk’s traditional licensed software.

Exciting New Features for Additive Manufacturing

Autodesk will continue to develop, support, and sell the existing software and cloud solutions. The team is developing exciting new features to help designers to further optimize their additive manufacturing workflows, reduce production costs, and increase efficiency. Recently, they announced the launch of netfabb 7 with CAD import and other exciting updates.

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

3MF Consortium

Along with big players such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard,  Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes, netfabb has been involved for a while in developing the new standard file format .3MF for industrial 3D print data.
As founding member of the 3MF Consortium, the company supports the standard both, for importing and exporting the 3MF file format – in order to give its users a direct access to direct printing, small file storage and 3D printing workflow control.

Accelerating the Future of Industrial Additive Manufacturing

The merge into Autodesk is a great leap forward into accelerating the future of industrial additive manufacturing. Autodesk also invested in netfabb’s previous parent company, the FIT Technology Group.
We’ll be following the further software developments with great interest!