Earlier this summer, the US Department of Energy’s SSL program selected Cooper Lighting (now part of Eaton) as the recipient of $2.4m for their interesting R+D program proposal. Cooper’s press release is useless, but here is the text from the DOE’s announcement: Recipient: Eaton Corporation Title: Print-Based Manufacturing of Integrated, Low Cost, High Performance SSL Luminaires Summary: The objective of this project is to develop manufacturing process innovation that allows for LED package, chip, or chip array placement directly on a fixture or heatsink. The approach includes the placement of integrated power electronics. Flexible manufacturing for planar, non-planar and recessed … Continue reading DOE R+D funding: Cooper Lighting wants to print their LED fixtures
Via Gizmodo, a cool little design company called Emerging Objects that is exploring alternative natural materials such as wood pulp, clay, and salt for use in 3D printing technologies. Continue reading emerging objects
D-Shape is a large 3D printing technology that essentially prints “sandstone” for architectural-size construction projects. D-Shape is the supplier intended for the “world’s first 3D printed house” project. How about some 3D printed light fixtures to accompany my future 3D … Continue reading d-shape
Pebble. LIFX. TikTok. Plus hundreds of art projects. Film projects. Games. What do they all have in common? As of yesterday, they’re all being sued by 3D Systems — at least in the court of public opinion. Yesterday, 3D Systems, … Continue reading 3D Systems just sued everyone who’s cool
Core77 has an interesting post on 3D optical research by – guess who – Disney’s research group. And in Pittsburgh, of all places, apparently affiliated with CMU. Disney has posted a video overview of the research to Youtube. It gives … Continue reading 3D optical printing by…Disney?
LUXeXceL is a Netherlands-based company that is experimenting with printing shallow optics using UV cureable polymers on clear substrates. According to their site: “On a transparent substrate such as PolyCarbonate, drops of clear UV-cureable polymer are jetted via the inkjet … Continue reading luxexcel
Glowing ink. The concept is sexy, isn’t it? Just plug in the “LED” cartridge into your printer and watch it print you a pattern of light emitting surface. Or even better: Imagine combining glowing ink into a 3D printer: Voila! … Continue reading nth degree
Additive Manufacturing is a conference in Nottingham, England, exploring the state of the art in 3D printing. Continue reading additive manufacturing conference
From Milan 2012, Dezeen presented an intriguing interview with Paola Antonelli, MoMA curator for design. “…any time you see a new technology, there is a moment of drunkenness…you see many delightful monsters; but then there is progressively a stratification of quality; and … Continue reading Paola Antonelli from Milan
An update to my previous post on Materialise’s 3D printing tech: Late last year, the Beligum-based Materialise launched a new site called iMaterialise that seems poised to compete directly with Shapeways.com web-based 3D printing service. One thing that differentiates them … Continue reading i.Materialise
Shapeways is a Philips spin-off company focused on bringing 3D rapid manufacturing technologies to main-stream consumers. Although they don’t sell any actual lighting fixtures, Shapeways offers an intriguing glimpse into the future of the lighting industry.
Let’s say you want to create your own light fixture. If you can model in 3D, then having rapid prototypes machined or printed has become incredibly easy and relatively cheap to do. It opens up an entire new world of possibilities for designers, especially those of installation art or projects that are “pushing the edge of the envelope.”
Materialise is a rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing firm that produces 3D printed objects ranging from automotive parts to dental appliances. Materialise specializes in processes such as fused deposition modeling, laser sintering, and stereo lithography. Such technologies can directly “print” … Continue reading Materialise .MGX Lighting Collection