Lighting is not just about seeing in the dark, the right lighting can enhance your home, your mood and your health. Lighting is as much a reflection of yourself as the rest of your home, or the way you dress. 3D printer technology is now making intricate and complicated designs come to life with relative ease and amazing accuracy. So, you really can let your imagination run wild to create your perfect lighting décor. The complexity and precision that is achieved by 3D printers is particularly compelling when slivers of varying shades of light escape from intricate webs encasing bulbs.
Where do you start when anything is possible?
Freedom of Creation (FOC) clearly wanted to make a statement with their ‘Riot’ lamp from the 2008 collection. This lamp was not only made using 3D printing technology, but all of its parts originate from recycled materials. It runs on energy saving bulbs, and is sold as a limited edition piece to help raise money and awareness for global warming issues. Words and phrases referencing issues of global warming clearly stand out when the lamp is illuminated, as the thickness of the shade differs.
Whilst the Riot lamp is saving the world, other designers are taking inspiration from nature itself. The lamps from ‘Nervous System’ use nature as their muse when they create beautiful patterns that occur in coral and leaves. The intricacy of the design allows a lovely glow to shine through the gaps in the shade almost like a lace veil. This design underscores how artistic talent, design prowess and technological advancements are intertwined to create the newest lighting fixtures.
There are a huge number of different materials that can be used in 3D printing. Not only does this enable even more design possibilities, it also allows designers to work with environmentally friendly and recycled materials, while producing less waste material in production.
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