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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.

Robert Debbane Studio Sidon Chandelier switched on and off.
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

Luxexcel and Materialise Expand Their Business with Streamics


Luxexcel and Materialise Partners to Establish fully Automated Online Ordering Process

Luxexcel, the inventor of Printoptical Technology and provider of customized 3D printed optics solutions, has partnered with Materialise to establish a fully automated online ordering process that is completely streamlined with 3D printing production using Streamics.

Streamics is a central AM automation & control system by Materialise that allows its users to get a grip on the entire additive manufacturing business. The system links people, machines, processes and 3D printing materials.

Traceability in all Prototyping and Manufacturing Aspects

In addition, Streamics offers traceability in all aspects. Whether  prototypes are developed or parts are manufactured, Streamics’ components can be used as standalone features or integrated with other processes and business software.

With the support of the Streamics Robot, CAD files are automatically analyzed, part properties are generated to enable instant quoting, and designs are prepared for 3D Printing – 24/7. Streamics helps to optimally manage the quote-and-order data and connect the new online business efficiently with the 3D printing production back-end.

Supporting Luxexcel’s Online Business

To scale up business and serve it’s global customers within a variety of industries, Luxexcel created a new online order environment. The Luxexcel online order platform is integrated with Materialise’s automation and control system Streamics. Luxexcel has obtained the necessary automation and process control to ensure that customers from all over the world consistently and punctually receive quality parts while Luxexcel’s printed optics business continues to grow.

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The partnership between Luxexcel and Materialise will grow, as Luxexcel strives to integrate more automation steps from Materialise’s software platform into its business.

Luxexcel launches Unique Lens Design Creator


New Luxexcel Lens Design Creator Democratizes the Way Illumination Optics are Made

3D printing technology combined with optics manufacturing is an extremely powerful solution to the rapid prototyping landscape. Dutch Luxexcel, specialized in the 3D printing of optics and optical components, introduced its unique Printoptical Technology to print optical products without visible layering. In order to democratize the way optical products are made, Luxexcel now cooperates with trinckle 3D to develop a range of lens design creator tools that ease the design of custom LED lenses.

“The NEW Design platform bringS optics design within reach of every designer”

The unique lens design creator enables the creation of a custom plano convex or concave lens in seconds. Ready to be ordered. The new tool is available at Luxexcel’s recently launched online order platform. Now every designer, skilled or not, can create his custom, optimized plano convex and concave lenses tailored for his exact application. With many more to follow!

Create your Custom Lens Design

Luxexcel wants to redefine the way optical products are designed and manufactured. The platform of trinckle 3D enables Luxexcel to make this first step to bring optics design within reach of every designer. Instead of creating a CAD file yourself, the lens creator will automate most of the work, without the costly commitments and time losses you usually may have.

The Luxexcel Lens Design Creator – How does it work?

In order to get a custom 3D design of a plano convex or concave lens, basic optical values like focal length and lens diameter must be entered in the specific fields. Once the file is created and saved, it will be available in a personal gallery. In this gallery your design is ready for ordering and, within only 5 business days, the custom lens are printed and shipped to the customer.

“The lens creator tool WILL democratize the way ILLUMINATION optics are maDE”

The lens creator tool is complementary to the recently launched online ordering platform and democratizes the way optics are manufactured. It is also possible to upload your own custom 3D file created in other software programs. The online ordering platform supports most of the used CAD file types.

Here’s a small instructable by Luxexcel that shows how easy the design platform works:

A New World of Optics Development

 “With our new design tool we want to take the next step in opening up the world of optical development” said Peter Paul Cornelissen, Head of Marketing & Online Business Development at Luxexcel. “Lowering the bar to make use of optimized optics for its application, and taking away the limitations of standard stock products will be a game changer for many designers that use optics in their products.”

Lens Design for Dummies and Professionals

Will the newly launched tools harm the existing optics software business? If we may give it a shot: they won’t. The intention is to make the creation of easy shaped lenses more accessible and to get them manufactured in a less complicated and very fast way.

For more complex designs that require a certain level of expertise, Luxexcel provides a different solution: At the optical Designer Hub you will find independently working optics designers listed that are approved by Luxexcel who can help users out with need for complex lens designs or enhanced custom solutions.

Well, it’s a notable next step in the ongoing digitization of manufacturing processes that are helpful for lighting professionals. We’re curious to see what’s next!

EDAG Light Cocoon: Ultimate Freedom with Maximum Cooling




At the IAA in Frankfurt, Germany, the EDAG Automotive Engineering firm presents world’s first fully functioning ‘ready-for-approval’ car model. “EDAG Light Cocoon”, including a 3D printed car headlight, illustrates the extensive potential of additive manufacturing in the automotive industry.

3D Printing Automotive Lighting

The EDAG concept car will show what the mobility of the future might look like: additively manufactured, the ultimate in lightweight design, intelligently networked. The innovative car headlight project bears the signature of EDAG’s new light laboratory and is pursuing the objective of further enhancing the luminous power of the LEDs used by means of an active/passive cooling system.

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World’s first fully functioning ‘ready-for-approval’ car headlight model

Enhanced Cooling System Increase overall Headlight Luminosity

Optimum heat dissipation through additively manufactured, bionic cooling structures and a number of other exciting components make it possible to improve the headlight’s performance while at the same time reducing weight.


The new degree of freedom provided by additive manufacturing means that branched shapes can be created, and this makes it possible to meet aerodynamic requirements and produce optimum heat dissipating surfaces.

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Optimum heat dissipation through additively manufactured, bionic cooling structures

3D Printing Technologies for Automotive Markets

When using 3D printing technologies, important automotive lighting market segments in the low-volume and high-performance sectors can now be served at lower cost and with significant savings in investment, as the production methods involved are largely tool-less.

If you are interested to learn about the backgrounds and finer details of the project, EDAG offers an enhanced whitepaper of the EDAG Light Cocoon for download at its website.

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Finally, here’s a possibility to see the full 3D printed concept car live at the Geneva Motorshow 2015. Enjoy!

Cocoon Lamp: A One-of-a-Kind Success Story


Cocoon: A Brilliant Example of how Generative Technologies Impact the Fixture Design Process

Created back in 2011, ‘Cocoon’ is a multi-purpose design lamp that was designed to demonstrate what can be realized using 3D printing. While looking for fresh 3D printed lighting inspiration, I frequently faced this unique Voxel Studio creature. It finally motivated me to dedicate this new blogpost to this intriguing project. Maybe because it’s just one of the few printed lighting concepts where the designers were quite open about their approach and the process they went through, and explained how they moved on from there towards prototyping.

Cocoon - a multi-purpose design lamp designed to demonstrate possibilities with 3D printing
Cocoon – a multi-purpose design lamp designed to demonstrate the renewed possibilities with 3D printing

Since 2011 the German designer Patrick Günther has been working in the design cooperation ‘Voxel Studio’. Voxel was a collective of designers who got their inspiration from natural shapes. They continuously motivated each other to challenge the boundaries of what’s possible in today’s design, especially related to the use of 3D printing technologies. Most of their work evolved from hand-made sketches, modelled in a Computer Aided Design (CAD) program and finally fabricated using additive manufacturing technology.

Digital Design and Production of a Design Lighting Fixture

While searching for innovative production technologies able to address his specific needs, Günther crossed the topic of “fast prototyping”, particularly by means of 3D printing. It finally became the foundation for his subject “generative techniques and their impact on design processes.”

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Generative techniques impact the design processes.

The main goal of the trial was to design and manufacture an end product in a complete digital way. In the end, the “Cocoon” lamp was the impressive outcome of his study. By the use of 3D modeling programs the product was designed, the light distribution calculated and ray-traced and the records engineered.

Inspired by Natural Shapes

The Cocoon idea itself derives from the parallelism between Objet PolyJetting technology at the one hand, an excellent technique for the production of particularly complex shapes, and the behavior of insects in its natural habitat at the other hand.

The geometry of the lamp consists of multiple elements that are winded around the light source.
The geometry of the lamp consists of multiple elements that are winded around the light source.

The Cocoon as a modern design piece perfectly illustrates how art, an outer structure with clean design, and an organic form that highlights and the metamorphosis of insects fluently merge together in the final design.

“3D Printing Technology Brings
Light Design to Life”

The functionality and application of the Cocoon lamp is multi-purpose: it can be turned, laid down or be used as a pendant in different positions. The visual aspect can be set by the user to his specific preferences: the optical appearance or the desired light effect can be tuned manually.

Starting from Scratch

The project was realized in Cinema 4D software. Looking to the different materials to be used in the printing process, the reference object had to be very precisely constructed: Meshes should to be watertight and free of overlapping surfaces. The CAD model was finally exported in six separate meshes: each with the same null point.

Considering the capabilities of the 3D printer is very important in product design.
Considering the capabilities of the 3D printer is very important in product design.

With the comprehensive modeling tools in Cinema 4D, it is possible to create this object to the exact specs as required by the 3D printer. Taking into consideration the capabilities of the 3D printer is very important in product design to make sure the part can finally be turned into a printed solution, without losses in surface quality and shape or costly post-processing commitments.

Challenged by Print File Sizes

Once the design process was completed, the CAD model had a size of 2.30 GB. The Cocoon designers were faced with the fact that the printer could only work with a file size of up to a maximum of 250 MB. The challenge was therefore to optimize the model and reduce its geometry to reduce file size and make the Cocoon Lamp printable.

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Restrictions to CAD file sizes might be challenging for designers.

Today, restrictions to CAD file sizes might still be challenging for designers, but, at the same time, it forces them to think in a different way when designing their products. This differing ‘mindset’ will certainly lead to new designs and solutions as never seen before!

Cocoon Lamp: A Proven Success Story

Creating the Cocoon seems to be quite a complex project. However, the Cocoon Lamp is not only an unorthodox project or a proof of evidence, it’s also a proven success story: Not only the design was finally awarded by the ‘Visualization Prize’ of the German ‘Detmold University for Architecture & Interior Design’, this extraordinary design lamp also caught the attention of several world leading design magazines and inspired and motived many other designers to discover the renewed possibilities with 3D printing.

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The Cocoon: a proven success story and source of inspiration for many designers and product developers.

We’re thrilled to see more and more 3D printed lighting solutions coming, and can’t wait to see what’s next!

Pictures, concept and ideation are property of the Voxel Studio: www.voxel-studio.de

Luxexcel Unveils Inspirational Showcases eBook


Inspirational Showcases eBook to Empower 3D Printed Optics Application

To help users define applications for its Printoptical Technology, Dutch Luxexcel recently released its Innovative Application Student Award Competition for Industrial Engineering Students of the Delft University of Technology. Today, an Inspirational Showcases Ebook was released capturing all the different projects.

We highlighted ‘Stuttgart’ and ‘Daylight Underground’ projects in the recent post ‘Luxexcel Group to Issue Innovative Application Student Award 2015‘ as interesting projects for lighting professionals. We might have missed however one project that would be very interesting to our key readers as well: ‘Raybender’ by TU Delft Student R. Baldewsing.

Raybender Art Lighting System

Art-pieces are often illuminate by spotlights. These spotlights create an egg-shaped light pattern on the art object and it’s surroundings. It results in a lack of uniformity in light intensity and that the art piece is illuminated suboptimal.

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‘Raybender’ Art Illumination System by TU Delft Student R. Baldewsing

The Raybender lighting system was designed to enhance the flexibility in designing a tailored illumination pattern for any art lighting solution. It makes use of a customized optic to control the light.

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The lighting system has a modular design and replacing a part is quite easy. By scanning the art object calculations can be made to tailor the shape of the light. The whole lighting system is designed to easily replace old spotlights.

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You will find ‘Raybender’ and other impressive 3D printing references picked up in the ‘Inspiration‘ page of this website.