Luximprint, a leader in offering multi-market prototyping services for Printed Optics and Optographix based in The Netherlands and SilvaCo Optics, a renowned California based optics, sensors and components consulting practice announced this week the partnership they entered into for marketing Luximprint solutions in California. An interesting move that makes access to rapid prototyping services for custom optics easier in the Silicon Valley surroundings.Here’s the latest.
Printed LED Optics – Fast, Flexible and Cost-Effective
Rapid prototyping services for custom optics are an interesting approach for designers and engineers working with light. Thanks to the optical 3D printing process, a proprietary solution by Luximprint to generate custom optics, tailored parts are available in days, which enables a fast, flexible and cost-effective engineering job when it comes to the development and implementation of new high tech systems in multi-market applications.
The direct ‘CAD-to-Optic’ manufacturing process from Luximprint grows optical clarity parts additively, aiming to offer a novel approach to validate optics designs, justify mold-tooling investments, as well as to create inspirational and functional mock-ups for event and user demonstration.
Printed Optics Come to Sillicon Valley
By having SilvaCo appointed as a local sales agent, needs centering around optics and photonics applications can now easily be addressed, just in time. Peter Silva, Principal of SilvaCo, was raised and educated in Silicon Valley when the South Bay was more orchards than manufacturing and before there was high tech. SilvaCo will work diligently to help find a solution that can satisfy customers that are in search of fast, flexible and cost-effective solutions in custom optics and other 3D printed solutions as marketed by Luximprint.
Custom Optics in Days by SilvaCo Optics
Companies located at the US West Coast in search of rapid prototyping custom optics solutions are encouraged to contact SilvaCo to discuss their next projects and utilize the powerful benefits of optical 3D printing. With typical lead times of 5-10 business days and global delivery with local support, rapid availability of custom optics is now guaranteed!
After over two years of intense research & development, the Seattle based company ‘Lightart’ finally shared its new ‘Coil Collection’ with the world. An exciting, 3D printed series of new pendants created from upcycled waste. These distinct matte fixtures have a look and feel like pottery, spun and handcrafted. Unexpected from fixtures produced through additive manufacturing.
A Unique Merge of Design and Upcycled Materials Science
How can we make recycled content look as good as possible? This was the key question during the product development phase for LightArt’s founder Ryan Smith and his team: “This is where things started to get really challenging. When we first started, it did not look polished—it looked like what you might expect when you’re trying to turn garbage into something beautiful. But we kept following the promise of the process, and made something we’re so proud of.”
The new Coil Collection addresses a central question the industry is facing: What can we do with waste? The team worked with the engineering division of parent company 3form to figure out what the base material possibilities were, and pushed the boundaries in collaboration with other polymer companies across the US to tap into collective expertise and drive for innovation.
Upcycling Plastic into Pendants: The Coil Collection
LightArt’s Coil Collection is made from internal waste material, but the brand hopes to expand the practice throughout the industry over time, as the LightArt facility strives to become a manufacturer of goods that are net positive in climate, waste, and energy.
Visually Appealing Content, Curvatures and Distinct Geometries
The design team of LightArt aimed for recognized classic pendant shapes focused on distinct geometry and curvature with a matte finish, giving the fixtures a pottery-like quality. The textured finish, inherent to the additive manufacturing process, is complemented by subtle algorithmic adjustments to achieve a handmade, one-of-a-kind feel.
The LightArt tdesignersfinally chose seven elegant shapes, deliberately defining the endless options afforded by additive manufacturing to create a curated product with a distinct LightArt feel. Departing from what is expected from a 3D printed item, the form is textured, tactile, and unique.
In design, recycling and sustainable innovation cannot be the sole drivers for innovation —the product has to be attractive, too. LightArt wanted the color and aesthetic of the Coil Collection to have a distinct value. Sorting the colors of the waste through new technology, the company came up with a monochrome black and white palette for the pendants.
We at 3DPrinting.Lighting will keep following LightArt with great interest and report upon the availability of new and sustainable concepts!
Interplay Lighting is an Eatonton, GA, United States-based manufacturer of 3D printed decorative lighting fixtures. Passionate about light, they love to play with light and reveal its power and beauty in ways that have never been done before. Interplay is anti-mass-produced, soulless, generic lighting, and tries to establish a new standard in elegant and customized lighting to fight ‘old-school’, ordinary, and cookie-cutter lighting.
The Interplay Lighting Team has been creating breakthrough lighting products for 25+ years. Image courtesy of Interplay Lighting.
25 Years Breakthrough Lighting Experiences
The team at Interplay Lighting has a proven track record of creating breakthrough lighting products for over 25 years renowned firms, such as Cree Lighting. They hold dozens of patents on some of the most significant lighting innovations over the last two decades.
3D Printing Architectural Lighting comes with Unparalleled Design Freedom. Picture courtesy of Interplay Lighting
With the introduction of the 3D printed lighting concept, Interplay is providing access to a new range of commercial lighting, architectural lighting and residential lighting solution taking benefit of unparalleled design freedom.
3D Printing Your Light Imagination
Today we’re able to print our imagination in ways never dreamt of before. 3D printing technologies make it possible to create designs traditional manufacturing processes can’t. The results are stunning designs that capture the magic of light in ways that haven’t been seen before.
High output pendants and wall sconces enable the harmonious interplay of light, architecture, and people. Image courtesy of Interplay.
The layerwise building process of most 3D printing methodologies create fabric like appearances that looks soft, but are incredibly durable. And with countless material and color options, there is a look that’s just right for your setting to be lit.
“Give your home an instant upgrade with unparalleled lighting that makes people say “Wow!”
The company is another interesting start-up in the lighting arena that utilizes the power of 3D Printing to create unique and customized light experiences.
Interplay just launched a series of pendants and desk lamps based on the classic medium-base socket/cord/canopy design. You can visit their offering and easily buy via the online store.
We have added them to our ‘to watch’ list and will share more news upon availability!
Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a leading safety science company based in Northbrook, Illinois,recently published its research findings detailing the effects of 3D printing on safety-critical polymer performance properties. The UL 3D Printing Research study findings have been used to develop a framework for evaluating and qualifying materials, helping stakeholders across the additive manufacturing (AM) supply chain to mitigate risk and deliver quality and performance.
UL 3D Printing Research Study
The key topics UL investigated include flammability, ignition and electrical properties of samples that were 3D printed against samples manufactured using conventional, injection-molded methods. UL Researchers identified significant safety and performance variations and concluded that performance ratings from traditional manufacturing techniques cannot be applied when the same material is used in a 3D printing process to print a 3D part.
In response, UL has developed a certification program for plastics for additive manufacturing (Blue Card), The UL Blue Card presents the data necessary to ensure the integrity and usefulness of materials intended for 3D printing and 3D printed components and products. A Blue Card is automatically issued when a material intended for 3D printing receives a UL Recognized Component Mark.
“UL Researchers identified significant safety and performance variations and concluded that performance ratings from traditional mFG. techniques cannot be applied IN 3D pRINTING”
UL Certified AM materials are published in UL’s publicly available Product iQTM database, making them searchable to thousands of manufacturers looking for a certified 3D material. By using an independently tested and certified 3D material, end-product manufacturers can save time and money certifying their end-products or systems. As Blue Cards are specific to a 3D printer, a 3D printer manufacturer can also certify material for explicit use on his equipment.
Designed by Ammunition and made possible by Gantri’s radical approach to manufacturing, three new collections of lighting are now available for people seeking a better approach to design, craft and sustainability as they shape and illuminate their spaces. Named ‘Carve’, ‘Gio’ and ‘Signal’, the three collections are inspired by Gantri’s 3D printing platform and the intricate, organic and unexpected possibilities it provides compared to conventional manufacturing.
The Collection: Designed by Ammunition – Fabricated by Gantri
Sustainably produced using a corn-based material and manufactured in California, each light is 3D printed on-demand, hand-assembled and finished, in a process that feels less like industry and more like artistry.
Featuring table, floor and wall-mounted lights, the lighting range includes next collections:
1. Signal Collection
The Signal collection features louvered slats that are fused to the main body of each light through 3D printing technologies. The slats were inspired by the functional aspects of exterior architectural louvers used to bring light and air inside.
The New ‘Signal Collection’ by Ammunition at Gantri. Images courtesy of Ammunition/Gantri.
2. Carve Collection
The Carve Collection’s monolithic forms and seamless surfaces feel carved from stone rather than assembled like conventionally manufactured objects.
A glimpse of the New Ammunition ‘Carve Collection’. Images courtesy of Ammunition/Gantri.
3. Gio Collection
The Gio Collection is inspired by Italian Lighting Designs of the 1970’s that sought to remake and refresh historic archetypes through new materials and processes. The unique character of the lights came to life by manipulating and rationalizing classical geometric elements so they interact with each other in playful ways.
The New Ammunition ‘Gio Collection’ at a glance. Images courtesy of Ammunition/Gantri.
Ammunition and Gantri Designer Toolkit
In addition to bringing floor and wall lighting into the Gantri platform, Ammunition also worked together to create an improved process and toolkit that makes it easier for any designer to make use Gantri. This major update offers designers the freedom and flexibility to create while maintaining Gantri’s high standards for materials, additive manufacturing, packaging, pricing, shipping, and user experience.
Germany based lighting manufacturer OSRAM approached XTPL, a technology provider of ultra-precise printing based in Wrocław, Poland for a cooperation in the field of additively fabricating conductive connections. OSRAM is looking for effective technological solutions to address the challenges connected with the manufacture of future generations of lighting elements, and it is the XTPL printing technology that might provide a answer to their needs.
XTPL and OSRAM Cooperation
OSRAM has decided to cooperate with XTPL to evaluate the technology for creating specific conductive connections. XTPL is a company developing globally innovative, additive manufacturing technology that enables ultra-precise printing of nanomaterials with a precision of 1-8 micrometers.
The additive XTPL method ensures significant time and material savings and allows the advantages of print to be used in the production of advanced devices thanks to unprecedented precision. Image courtesy of XTPL.
Additive Manufacturing Technology for Various Applications
The unique XTPL printing system allows for precise deposition of an in-house formulated nano ink on a variety of substrates to obtain conductive and nonconductive submicron structures. The potential industrial application of the XTPL method in the lighting industry is proof of its platform character which allows it to be used in a number of fast-growing high technology industries.
The purpose of the agreement signed by both partners is to confirm the parameters of the technology developed and commercialized by XTPL and to assess the possibility of implementing it in OSRAM’s production processes.
OSRAM and its Track Record in the Lighting Industry
OSRAM is a global player in the lighting industry. Together with GE Lighting and Signify, it is one of the three largest manufacturers of lighting equipment in the world. The enterprise also develops and manufactures optoelectronic materials. OSRAM operates as part of a corporate group which in the financial year 2018/2019 generated revenue of nearly EUR 3.5 billion. The group has a highly developed research and development arm with almost 18,000 patents and patent applications in its portfolio. In 2019, OSRAM allocated more than 11% of its annual revenue to R&D activities.
Solutions for Displays and Smart Glass Industries
A solution similar to the one sought by our partner has been partly developed by XTPL during work on a technology dedicated to repairing open defects in displays and the smart glass industry. As a result, XTPL can start cooperation with OSRAM at the proof of concept stage, without first going through a several months-long research project related to the opening of new application fields. For many years, the lighting industry has been looking towards increased use of light-emitting semiconductor materials that convert electrical energy into light energy. They are used in LED lighting and OLED.
The Global Lighting Industry
The size of the global LED lighting market in 2019 is estimated at almost $70 billion, and is expected to be driven towards $100 billion by 2023, which means a rapid growth of 9% (CAGR 2019-2023). This makes it a very interesting and promising sector for the Polish company.
At 3DPrinting.Lighting, we’re following these interesting cross-market partnerships with great interest and will report upon further developments once they appear.
In its latest designer collaboration with Batch.works, UK start-up Plumen pushed the boundaries of sustainable design to bring a range of 3D printed lamp shades to the market. The shades are made by using recycled plastic filaments from water bottles, fridges and other sources of plastic pollution.Here are some further introductions to the stunning decorative lighting collectionof Plumen 3D Printed Lamp Shades.
Collaboration with Batch.works
Batch.works was established back in 2016 by former architect Julien Vaissieres. The aim of his newly invented company has been to create affordable and eco-friendly products, making the most out of 3D printing, most notably its speed and efficiency. Recently, Batch.works cooperated with five different design studios to create the Plumen 3D Printed Lamp Shades collection. The collection was inspired by everything from the Bauhaus movement to geometric forms of the Art Deco era.
Here are some of the highlights of the Plumen 3D Printed Lamp Shades Collection:
‘Ribbon’ by BOLD features a fluid surface that bends over itself. Image courtesy of Plumen.
Ribbon by BOLD
‘Ribbon’ features a fluid surface that bends over itself. The space created within the shade is filled with light, revealing and emphasizing the different volumes created by the enveloping surface. The vertical lines that run through the shade, combined with the horizontal layers characteristic of the 3D printing technologies used, amplify the idea that a piece of textile has solidified around the light to direct and enhance it.
NEO by Matthias Lauche
One other pendant fixture in the 3D printed range, named ‘Neo’, is based on geometric forms of the Art Deco era. Its designer, Matthias Lauche, has been taking familiar, historic shapes and cast them in a new role using 3D printing. Two shades stack on top of one another to fit and frame Willow’s delicate silhouette. The dual nature of the shade means several color combinations are possible.
The first designs from the NEO collection are available with more to follow. The shades come in black or white, with custom colors available on request. Images courtesy of Plumen.
HIVE by Luke Deering
Following his earlier successes, designer Luke Deering was asked by Plumen to create another bespoke shade for the bulbs collection. The result was a biomorphic, recycled 3D printed shade called ‘Hive’.
‘Hive’ is an elegant biomorphic design drawing on the natural grace of the honeycomb structure. Image courtesy of Plumen.
Housed within the tessellating hexagonal design, the fluid shape resembles the flight path of an assiduous bee conducting its admirable work, or the softer curves and calmer light of the other version.
The colorful HIVE shades work to frame the bulbs, allowing their beauty to shine through, while also taming the glare of their naked light. Together, they become a unified and natural objet d’art. Images courtesy of Plumen.
Biodegradable materials: Recycled and Recyclable
The new Batch.works lampshades are all made with a filament supplied by Amsterdam’s social enterprise Reflow, which recycles and repurposes plastics that would otherwise be sent to landfill or incinerated. They’re also 3D printed to order at Batch.works, significantly lowering the amount of produced waste.
Closing the life cycle of the design, when you’re finished with them, they can be recycled with the rest of your domestic plastics, ready to be reinvented once more.
We’re delighted to see inventive start-up companies like Plumen breaking a lance for biodegradable lighting solutions. So Signify did with launching its recent services for tailormade 3D printed luminaires using recycled CD’s to create distinctive light shades for its users to demand.
We’ll keep following the Plumen team with great interest, keep our eyes open and inform you about further releases in 2020…
The Rensselaer Lighting Research Center (LRC) has partnered with Eaton Corporation on a research project to develop a complete, additively manufactured, integrated LED-luminaire. Under funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE), the project will address the main barriers to widespread adoption of additive manufacturing technology (also known as 3D printing) as applied to solid-state lighting solutions.
3D Printing a Fully Integrated Luminaire
Over the next two years, the project partners will conduct material science, electronics, printed optics, and advanced manufacturing research to investigate the transformational potential of a fully additively manufactured, LED integrated luminaire, with a focus on reducing the cost of the luminaire’s dominant subsystems.
The project, led by Eaton, was competitively selected through the DOE’s Solid State Lighting R&D Funding Opportunity program, and draws upon the LRC’s growing expertise in the field of 3D printed lighting research.
Fire Farm, an innovator in decorative lighting, recently launched an entirely new 3D printed lighting collectionat Boutique Design New York. The 2019 ‘Fire Farm 3DP Collection’ builds from explorations in 3D printing technology showcased in Adam Jackson Pollock’s commissioned light-sculpture installation, Spark, for American Family Insurance.
Exciting Debut Fire Farm 3DP Collection at BDNY
Blinded by science, the mad Fire Farm scientists unveiled the amazing new 3D printed chandeliers at BDNY. Boutique Design New York connects the most inventive manufacturers and the most influential design minds in the hospitality industry. The Fire Farm team experienced two days of incredible excitement around the groundbreaking silky crystalline fixtures created entirely using inventive 3D printing technologies.
A celebration of Innovation: the FireFarm team getting their 3DPrint chandelier launch-ready for rep and customer review and inspection at the BDNY tradeshow. Images credits: Fire Farm.
A New Dimension to Innovative Lighting
Working with a crystal-clear recyclable resin that has a higher light transmission than glass and none of the fragility, these new designs are dynamic lightweight solutions with incredible detail and texture. The material and production process imbues these shades with an emissive light quality that is unique and unachievable from any other traditional fabrication process.
Working with a crystal-clear recyclable resin that has a higher light transmission than glass and none of the fragility, the new Fire Farm designs are dynamic lightweight solutions with incredible detail and texture. Images courtesy of Fire Farm.
The shapes in this collection range from smooth and organic to faceted and crystalline demonstrating the broad range of expression now possible. The fixtures range in scale from small mini pendants up to tall pod-shaped pendants.
Fire Farm Expandolier: Innovation at Great Heights
Fire Farm has taken this innovation to greater heights in the Expandolier family of chandelier pendants. These ultra-tall pendant fixtures are perfect for bringing drama to vertical spaces. Offering simple geometric profiles that include circular, ovoid, square and triangular shapes, they can be mixed and matched to create larger compositions. The pendants are designed as articulated and tapered segments; both upward and downward tapered pendant options are available to create even more diversity when suspended together from a central canopy. The 3D printed pendants are also ultralight.
Fire Farm has taken this innovation to greater heights in the Expandolier family of chandelier pendants. Images courtesy of Fire Farm.
Fire Farm’s 3DP Collection is powered by standard E26, Edison-style base bulbs ready to accept dimmable LED lighting solutions, easy on energy consumption, cost and future compatibility. The 3DP Collection is a smart, beautiful, diverse, durable, easy to install and maintain, a lightweight and shipping-friendly solution to project lighting needs.
We at 3DPrinting.Lighting will keep following this interesting Iowa based lighting firm closely. The entire Fire Farm 3DP Collection can be discovered at the Fire Farm website.
Recently, researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design and Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, China, announced a breakthrough in the digital fabrication of microlens arrays using oscillation-assisted Digital Light Processing (DLP) 3D printing method.
To date, producing microlens arrays has proven to be difficult, according to the researchers. The current manufacturing technologies are time- consuming, have high process complexity, have a lack of fabrication flexibility, and face difficulty in consistency control.
Now, using a novel process of projection lens oscillation, the research teams have been successfully testing an approach for producing microlens arrays with proper surface smoothness using DLP 3D printing.
Micro Lens Arrays – A gentle Introduction
A microlens array (brief: MLA) consists of multiple micron-sized lenses with optical surface smoothness. An MLA has a supporting substrate with often individual lenses of about 10 micrometers on it. It is formed in a one-dimensional or two-dimensional direction. Today, MLA’s have become an important micro-optics device used in various compact imaging, sensing, and optical communication applications.
With the exception of Netherlands based Luximprint, a global leader in Additive Optics Fabrication, most traditional 3D printing methodologies have been unsuccessful in fabricating any optical component thus far, due to the presence of coarse surface roughness in 3D printed objects.
Projection Lens Oscillation
In this new approach, the computationally designed grayscale patterns are employed to realize microlens profiles upon one single UV exposure which removes the staircase effect existing in the traditional layer-by-layer 3D printing method, and the projection lens oscillation is applied to further eliminate the jagged surface formed due to the gaps between discrete pixels.
An optically smooth microlens array fabricated by a Projection Lens Oscillation process. Image courtesy of SUTD.
Digital Light Processing for Details
DLP 3D printing is a process that uses a digital projector to cure photopolymer resin and produce 3D printed parts. It is often used for highly detailed 3D printing, and is considered a faster method than Stereolithography, a similar 3D printing process. Although DLP 3D printing offers great flexibility in the fabrication of microlens arrays with different sizes, geometries, and profiles, it has been unable to produce parts with optically smooth surfaces.
To overcome this, the SUTD and SUSTech researchers suggested integrating DLP 3D printing with mechanical oscillation and grayscale UV exposure. Oscillation helps to remove the jagged surface formed by discrete pixels in a 3D printed part, whereas the grayscale UV exposure removes the staircase effect common to 3D printing, where layer marks are visible. The result is an ultrafast and flexible fabrication method for microlens arrays with optical surface smoothness.
3D Printing Smooth Microlenses
Although the research team has specifically adapted DLP for producing microlens arrays, various other 3D printing technologies are already suited towards its production.
A microlens array 3D printed on a Quantum X machine. Image courtesy of Nanoscribe.
For example, Germany-based Nanoscribe manufactures two-photon additive manufacturing systems that are capable of producing microlens arrays.
Also, for larger types of lens arrays, Dutch service provider for printed optics Luximprint offers optical quality lenses straight from the printer with zero need for post-processing.
A gradient of 3D printed microlenses. Picture courtesy of Luximprint.
Economic Viability & Effectiveness
To prove the viability and effectiveness of the approach, the research team has conducted detailed morphology characterizations, including scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Results suggested that the integration of projection lens oscillation with DLP 3D printing reduces surface roughness from 200 nm to about 1 nm.
Wrapping it all up, we may fairly conclude that, although the new DLP 3D process is still under investigation and not commercially available yet, the initial results are promising, and we can’t wait to see the first 3D printing devices entering the market.
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