project started, with a broken IKEA lamp.
moved in my new apartment, the last owner had left a Rigolit lamp in the middle
of the living room. An object that looks like a fishing rod holding a big paper
cloud. The lampshade was ripped from everywhere and Scotch tape was holding it
together. This huge volume was always in the way and we kept bumping our heads
into it. One day, I had enough and decided to buy a new lampshade to replace
the paper one. Everything was either too expensive for me or extremely
ugly. Also, the closest IKEA was an hour
away… by bus. What does a designer do in such a situation? He makes!
A few hours
later, thanks to affordable 3D printing, a unique lampshade was made. I
couldn’t stop there, so I designed 2,3… 12 different ones, using always the
same shape and changing only the color and the texture.
between 4 and 12 hours to print, use absolutely no support material, weight
between 50g and 100g and cost 10 times less when printed on an UP! or Makerbot.
project was an opportunity to explore the limits of low cost Filament Deposit
Manufacturing (FDM). It also was a chance to compare several machines from both
ends of the market. I quickly realised that my lampshades would cost
hundreds of dollars to print on an Objet Connect because of its support settings
and that my desktop printers were actually faster that my school’s 20 000$
I now work
for a digital manufacturing startup called «le FabShop» and we are ready for production.
The total kit, including one lampshade of your choice, PLA or ABS, a 2m textile
cord with socket, fish and switch. The
lampshades work with E27 lamp socket (with nut) and we recommend using low
consumption light bulbs to minimise the heat.
for prices. firstname.lastname@example.org