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3D Printing for Lighting Course 2022 (Online)

Nov 2, 2022 - Dec 7, 2022

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3D Printing for Lighting Course 2022

This live, interactive online course is designed for professionals from lighting, 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and related industries to understand the possibilities of 3D printing for lighting applications and to learn more about each industry’s needs and capabilities. Learn about the latest insights from LRC researchers and 3D printing experts who are members of LRC’s ASSIST 3D Printing for Lighting Consortium, including HP, Stratasys, and Desktop Metal.

Additive Manufacturing for Lighting Professionals

Additive manufacturing (AM), more commonly known as 3D printing, is poised to revolutionize the lighting industry. Indeed, the revolution has already begun with a few manufacturers now offering 3D-printed lighting fixtures to the commercial market. Recently, the Biden administration has expressed its support for AM to address supply chain disruptions.

3D Printing for the Lighting Industry

It is expected that 3D printing will offer many benefits in the manufacturing of components for lighting systems, including fabrication of cost-effective unique parts that cannot be made using traditional manufacturing methods.

The Lighting Research Center (LRC) has been conducting research and development activities in the application of 3D printing to lighting since 2015. To share this knowledge and experience, the LRC is offering a five-week, interactive, online course on the application of 3D printing to the design, development, and manufacturing of lighting components and products.

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3D Printer at work at Lighting Research Center. Image courtesy of Rensselaer LRC

Who should take the course?

Professionals from the lighting industry interested in learning more about the use of 3D printing in the design, development, and manufacturing of lighting components and products.

Professionals from the 3D printing industry interested in the application of 3D printing technology to lighting.

Anyone who wants to better understand the possibilities and impacts of 3D printing in lighting product lines, including:

  • Equipment and materials manufacturers
  • Product and innovation managers
  • Industrial designers
  • Engineers
  • Product developers
  • Research and development professionals

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Appraise the value of 3D printing for manufacturing lighting systems
  • Understand the 3D printing process from design to manufacture and post-production of components as it applies to lighting systems
  • Characterize the lighting market size; the performance requirements of electrical, mechanical, optical, and thermal components in lighting systems; and the needs of different lighting applications
  • Compare the most common methods of 3D printing processes and technologies, and the pros and cons of each related to the fabrication of various lighting components
  • Assess material, print parameter, and finishing requirements for lighting fixture components and systems
  • Design a 3D-printed component for a lighting fixture and learn the steps involved to characterize and optimize the designed component
  • Understand the process that goes into testing, evaluating, and quantifying the performance of 3D-printed lighting components

Course Certificate

Participants who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate from the Lighting Research Center including 15 continuing education units (CEUs).

Course Description and Schedule

The course will provide training in the application of 3D printing to the design, prototyping, and manufacturing of lighting system components, and give participants the knowledge and skills needed to begin applying this technology in their own companies.

There will be both weekly, in-person instruction hosted by course faculty, via an internet-based conferencing system, as well as supplemental activities and assignments to be completed by course participants throughout the five-week course period. Industry leaders will join LRC faculty to present updates on the state-of-the-art of additive manufacturing technologies .

Course instruction will include collaborative, hands-on activities using physical components and parts provided by the LRC. Course participants will work interactively with course faculty in live, remote laboratory sessions. Participants will also design components that will be additively manufactured at the LRC and returned to participants for evaluation as part of the course sessions.

3D Printing for Lighting Course 2022

The course will begin on November 2, 2022, and will run through December 7, 2022. Classes will meet on five Wednesdays from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM US Eastern Time. A more detailed schedule of course activities, presentations, and assignments will be provided upon registration for the course.


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