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The Plumen Kayan – A 3D Printing Rumble

Image of two black Kayan Fixtures by Plumen Studio

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!


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