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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!

Bathsheba Grossman: Modern Lighting Concepts with High Complexity


Bathsheba Grossman Creates Geometric Lamp Designs with 3D Printing

Here’s another designer of 3D printed light fixtures that we’d love to bring closer to you: Bathsheba Grossman. Born in the US in ’66, Bathseba received a degree in mathematics from Yale. Thereafter she moved to the University of Pennsylvania and studied sculptural principles and metalworking in arts. As a 3D printing pioneer, she left numerous 3D printed lamps so far, and has been of great inspiration for many others.

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After several years’ experience in making sculptures of bronze materials by traditional manufacturing methods, Bathsheba switched to CAD/CAM in 1998. She began designing sculptures in a digital way for production by 3D printing. Since then, she has been making sculptures using many technologies including lost-wax casting, electroforming, stereolithography, and most recently also direct steel printing. Along the way she also started ‘Protoshape’, a bureau offering 3D printing services.

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Bathsheba Grossman has a great eye for detail, in special symmetrical geometries. For over twenty years, she’s produced all kinds of complex, mathematical designs that were transformed into tangible objects through the technologically advanced process of 3D printing.

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Complex designs transformed into tangible objects through 3D printing

Design Availability at .MGX Materialise

In collaboration with .MGX Materialise — the Belgium based pioneers in 3D printed lighting and furniture — many of her designs are available. ‘Quin’, ‘Flame’ and ‘Torus’ are just some examples of unique lamps she shaped. The astonishing curves and textured twists that Grossman created were turned into reality by using Materialise’ 3D printing technologies.

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The concepts illuminate any room with soft and interesting lighting patterns.

Modelling: From Concept to Creature

When make a printed lamp, the designer has to create first a concept sketch including rough hand-made drawings. Upon finalizing an idea, he turns the physical sketch into a digital design by the use of digital CAD software.

Finally, the result is produced as a physical object using a 3D printer, which stacks layers of certain 3D printing materials into the proper shape. Once the product is set, a certain amount of hand-work is required: the designer continues to refine the part, such as retexturing and polishing it until the final product is completed.

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Most collection items are available as floor lamps, table lamps, and pendants.

3D Printing Lighting – The Process

For the case you’re interested in the processing itself, here’s some more information on the 3D printing process and how it works.

The modern lighting concepts, which illuminate any room with soft and interesting lighting patterns, are available as floor lamps, table lamps, and even pendants.

Visit Bathsheba Grossman on the world wide web:  www.bathsheba.com

The 3D Pioneers Challenge


3D Pioneers Challenge: The International Competition for Additive Manufacture Technologies

The 3D Pioneers Challenge seeks to uncover specialists from around the world who are thinking outside the box and continuously push boundaries.

Where does using additive manufacturing make sense, today and in the near future? How can it be integrated on a conceptual and practical level into areas such as the Internet of things and Industry 4.0, or help to drive them forward?

Pioneers of Nowadays

Combining the latest 3d printing technologies and developing practical applications and integrate them into existing processes or creating brand new, trend-setting concepts. The 3D pioneers of todays are continuously seeking and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.











Movie credits: 3D Pioneers Challenge / d.sign21

Young Talent & Experienced Professionals

The organization welcomes submissions from previously published projects to brand new ideas. The competition is open to students and companies (both talented Young and experienced Professionals) working in design or technical fields, as well as the automotive, research and medical sectors. The jury will also take into account whether each project was submitted by students, young professionals or professionals.

Deutsche Designer Club

The 3D Pioneers Challenge is under the patronage of the DDC, Deutscher Designer Club in collaboration with the Rapid.Tech 2016 & FabCon 3D in Erfurt. Exhibition at the Gala event with award ceremony.

‘Colony’ by Alex Buckman: Merging Function and Emotion


Alex Buckman Seamlessly Integrates Novel 3D Printing with Trustworthy Techniques

New Zealand designer Alex Buckman strives to take advantage of new manufacturing processes and technologies while seamlessly integrating trustworthy ways of conventional fabrication. His new lighting series “Colony” integrates 3D printing with traditional manufacturing techniques.

Functional Celebration to evoke Emotional Response

Alex recognises the importance of well crafted and well considered objects that serve their function. At the same time, the strong emotional response through the physical and visual elements of the object should be celebrated.

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The ´Colony´ series inherits these qualities to produce objects of desire. Colony has two elements: The first uses traditional materials and manufacturing techniques of aluminium giving the connections and fittings a clean and precise aesthetic.

The second element is the beautiful intricacies and complexities of 3D printing in its form. Against the traditional material of aluminium, the 3D printed element draws the observer in to investigate the unfamiliar forms.

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3D printing is easy iterating: Various designs were tested during the trial & error.

The juxtaposition of these two elements emit very different qualities, however, their relationship is seamless and in harmony. They complement each other.

3DPrinting.Lighting_Alex Buckman_Colony_On_OffFor a designer, it’s a pleasure to come up with something that looks good. It’s one of the most primal of human emotions. To rid oneself of things that are displeasing, and to gather objects that excite or soothe the psyche.

The Colony lamp was created with the express purpose of being a thing of intrigue and awe. Whether the light inside remains on or off, the lamp’s exterior in itself is so mesmeric, you can’t get enough of it. The lamp is designed to intrigue, evoke emotion and complement the space it inhabits.

Some of Alex’ recent work is featured in our ´Inspiration´ corner.

3DPrinting.Lighting_Alex Buckman Studios (5)To learn more on Alex’ work and availability of the products, please refer to his personal website.

Lumì by Pieter Husmann – Lampshades made with Laser Cutting and 3D Printing


Lumì – A unique Combination of Passion, Design and Technology

Pieter Husmann is a Dutch designer with a passion for technique and technology who graduated at the Design Academy Eindhoven, back in December 2014. Today he specializes in product and interior design. Lumì by Pieter Husmann is his ode to the interior lighting design community.

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Lumì by Pieter Husmann – a range of colorful pendants created by laser cutting and 3D printing technology.

Choose and Assembly your Own Model

Lumì by Pieter Husmann is a range of designfull lampshades made with laser cutting and 3D printing. Using these inventive techniques allow to make unique designs every single time. When ordering the lampshades, users are able to choose their favourite model and personalised colors. The user finally defines his own product and, thanks to the ease of assembly, builds his custom pendant together making it into a perfect fit for every interior!

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User definition: The colorful lampshades can be choosen and assembled by the user

Lumì by Pieter Husmann

With no need to order minimum quantities of a tailored product, the Lumì lamp shades are cost effectively designed and manufactured in the Eindhoven area. The 3D printing movement comes along with great advantages and unique design possibilities. A next generation designers is turning the potential of this new way of making products into unique designful products.

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The Lumì products are available for purchase at the website of Pieter Husmann. Some of his other studio work was initially launched at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, October 2015. Dutch Design Week is an recurring event about Dutch design, hosted in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The annual event takes place around the last week of October and is a nine-day event with exhibitions, workshops, seminars and parties at many venues.

Pictures in this post are courtesy of Pieter Husmann.

‘Terug Naar Morgen’ with Materialise 3D Printed Lamps


‘Terug naar Morgen’: Materialise 3D Printed Lamps Featured in New Sci-Fi Film

Need a film suggestion for the weekend? The new Belgian film ‘Terug Naar Morgen’ (English version is titled ‘The Sum of Histories’) sets out to explore what happens when you mess with time: when two scientists figure out a way to send emails back into the past.

3D Printed Lamps by Materialise

To keep the futuristic tenor of the storyline, the filmmakers wanted their props to be appropriately futuristic and sleek. So you’ll spot some of Materialise’s .MGX collection of designer lamps like Patrick Jouin’s Bloom lamp, making their first big-screen appearance. Watch out for some more 3D printed lighting décor!

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‘Terug naar Morgen’ – a movie by Lucas Bossuyt incl. 3D Printed Lamps by Materialise

The Sum of History Explained

Director Lukas Bossuyt discusses the concept behind ‘Terug Naar Morgen‘ in and why he chose .MGX lamps for the décor in the  sneak preview in the header of this post.

After watching this short sneak peak we can’t wait to see the full movie!

Robert Debbane Studio: Creating Exceptional Lighting Designs by Thinking Beyond 3D Printing Limits


“Robert Debbane Studio Creates Designfull Novel Artwork by 3D Printing”

From time to time we spot new designers and artists creating beautiful work by use of 3D printing technologies. Robert Debbane Studio, based in Brooklyn, New York, is one of them. Founded by artist and designer Robert Debbane himself, the studio has created a collection of various lighting designs to date, all of them fabricated on 3D printers. His impressive work reveals a commitment to creating exceptional designs by thinking beyond the limitations associated with 3D printing.

Fusion of Art and Digital Processing

As an artist, Robert has worked in a variety of media including painting, photography, and installation. His interest has always been in the interaction between the traditional way of art-making and novel, digital processes. His experiments with 3D printers started back in 2011, initially as a fabrication tool to use in his art studio. It finally led to the lighting designs he is currently producing in his studio.

ZapDesign included Robert Debbane in their video recap of the ‘WantedDesign’ show.

Inspired by Ancestral Home Tile Patterns

The inspiration for Robert’s work come from the Islamic tile patterns as found in his ancestral home in Sidon, Lebanon. Also, forms as found in nature and images of outer-space are trending in his masterpieces.

“The design plays off the geometric patterns in the vintage tin ceiling”

Any of the designs have a sculptural quality when unlit reminiscent of ancient relief sculptures. When illuminating them, the geometric patterns are revealed in a surprising and dramatic way, and create beautiful light and shadow play at the surrounding wall and ceiling areas.

Sidon Chandelier: A Vintage Fitting Masterpiece

One of his recent works features the new ‘Sidon Chandelier’ project. This chandelier was installed in the lobby of an apartment building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Made of 320 interlocking ABS parts, the chandelier uses an innovative and cost efficient LED bulb from Nanoleaf.

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Robert Debbane’s Sidon Chandelier – switched on and off.

The design plays off the geometric patterns in the vintage tin ceiling. It is truly one of the best examples we’ve ever seen of how 3D printed lighting seamlessly fits into the visual style and cultural elements of the ambient room.

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Sidon Chandelier: A masterpiece composed of interlocking ABS parts.

More of the work including the various 3D printed lighting designs Robert Debbane Studio has created can be found in the 3D Printing Lighting ‘Inspiration’ area or on Robert Debbane’s website.

OPTIS lower the Bar for Designing 3D Printed Optics


Unique Integrated Collaboration to Provide a fast Way of Designing Custom Optics

Optis, a leading software vendor for the scientific simulation of light, human vision and physically correct visualization, recently announced a collaboration on an integrated software level. The company enable an easy route from the CAD to fast and customized 3D printed optics prototyping.

Optics Software and Additive Manufacturing: A Powerful Combination

To speed up the optics design and prototyping process Luxexcel and OPTIS combine software and 3D printing technologies to provide a complete service to optical designers. Users of the software can now virtually design their lens within the OPTIS software and 3D print their CAD design with printed optics technology.

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printed optics – fast way of getting new product tested and approved
Online Design and Ordering

With the integration of the optical print resin in the OPTIS Library designers can create their file with the appropriate material properties included. This will significantly speed up the optics design- and prototyping process and increase the final reliability of the product to manufacture.

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Luxexcel and OPTIS – OPTISLIB, the Online Optis Materials Library
After the users designed their lens or light guide, they can upload and order it instantly and get the printed optics parts shipped within days.

Digitally Modelling Custom Optics Prototypes and ‘Proof-of-Concepts’

OPTIS’ software solutions enable the optical designer and design engineer to create a digital lighting plan and optical design of their future product. Within the software these virtual prototypes can be tested and verified immediately. Following the digital model, optical designers often need to create a real optical prototype or proof of concept.

Fast and Efficient Way of Iterative Design Processing

In the earlier days, it took quite a long time to order prototypes of the final design. It came along with high upfront investments. “With our software and the additive optics manufacturing technique you can speed up this process and reduce your costs significantly”, says Jacques Delacour, founder and CEO of OPTIS.

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Luxexcel and OPTIS – fast optics design and manufacture
When designing a new optics part, you want first to see it, feel it, test it and if applicable you may need to iterate it in a fast and cost-efficient way. This new methodology offers this possibility.

User Cases Automotive Lighting

Here are some detailed user cases of Pillow, Fresnel and Near Field lenses in automotive lighting applications.
Luxexcel and OPTIS user cases - Pictures courtesy of Optis.
OPTIS user cases – Pictures courtesy of Optis.

More Information and Availability

Multi-market prototyping services for printed optics in illumination applications as designed by OPTIS are offered by the Dutch service provider Luximprint.

3D Printing OLED Light Fixtures


DIY: 3D Printing OLED Light Fixtures for Designers

OLED, one of the most advanced technologies in in todays lighting world meets the most innovative technology in printing. Still, the most important thing in a lighting fixture would be the light source itself. However, 3D printing technologies bring new and enhanced design possibilities closer to light design and engineering studios and help them create new and designful products. Here’s a nice example from LG Chem about 3D Printing OLED Light Fixtures.

OLED: Thin, Safe and Natural Light

OLEDs, with no UV or Blue Light Risk, have the spectral power distribution closest to that of natural sun light. Since OLEDs are so thin and light, with simple 3D Printing, anybody can be a designer now and make OLED light fixtures at any time with any design!

3D Printing OLED Light Fixtures – Do it Yourself!

Try designing your own light with 3D printing and an OLED light DIY Kit. OLED Task Lamp made with one 100x100mm LG Chem OLED module and a driver included in a LG Chem OLED light DIY kit.

For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/lgoledlight