Introducing the 3D printed lamp, a truly one-of-a-kind piece that combines classic design elements with modern, complex geometry. Almost all of the components of this lamp are 3D printed, including the body and shade, using a 3D printing process that consumes minimal plastic and produces no waste, as it is printed without any support material. The print process takes roughly 20 hours to complete.
'The design platform offers a shade mounting system that usiversally fit all the shades in this product line, but not only - it will also be compatible with many other shades from 3rd part manufactors.
The mounting pins are printed with transparent resin, to make them as invisible as possible. No glue or screws are required in the assembly, the pins snap right in the holes, and are held in place with a lock ring.
The electrical components of the lamp, including the bulb, socket, and wire, are sourced from a regulated consumer-grade production to ensure safety and reliability. The unique design of this lamp is a blend of classic table lamp elements and modern complex geometry, designed as an exterior for these few standard electrical components.
A small introduction of "vase mode" printing
The lamps are made using a unique 3D printing method called vase mode. With this technique, a single continuous spiral structure is used to create the object in one go, rather than building it layer by layer. This results in a smooth, seamless finish with no visible seam points. Additionally, the 3D printer moves at a constant speed throughout the entire printing process, eliminating common artifacts such as "ghosting" or "ringing" caused by acceleration or deceleration. This constant speed helps create a high-quality finish with minimal visible imperfections. Vase mode also has some design constraints. Because the extrusion is done in one go, it is not possible to use support structures, as this would require the extrusion to be stopped while the printhead is moved to where the support material was supposed to be printed. No support means no material is wasted, but it also means the design can't have too steep angles or overhangs, as these would not be possible to print without support.
Inspiration and collaboration
With permission of 3D modeller Jason A. Wright (WRIGHTMEDIA) I have remixed his vase model "cross cut spiral" and adapted it to be suiatble for this lamp design. The geometry of this vase is well known in the 3D community, many creators have made the same shape, and there are a number of tutorials on YouTube on how to model this exact shape - it's kind of a classic! It is also seen in glaced ceramic vases of slightly different body shape.