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What if you could print any thing you would like?
Not just on paper but in 3D!
I designed my own lampshade by 3D printing!
I made this for my final school project as an interior designer.
I did some research on PLA (biodegradable plastic) and 3D-printing and this is the result!

You can easily learn how to 3D-print yourself or you can visit a Fablab (all over the world) where they can help you or do it for you!

Have fun!

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Step 1: Make a design (CAD)

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I made a design in Sketchup ( 3D sketchprogram).
I used the shape of a clover and made cutouts in each 'leaf'.
You can also make shapes with two, tree or 5 leaves!
Make sure that the cutouts are big enough to tangle the clovers.

You save the sketchup file as an .stl-file.
This is necessary to insert the design into the 3D-printer.
You will need special software to use a 3D-printer but I used everything in a FabLab.
The software transfers the design into different codes wich are necessary to print.
This implies thickness, heat, speed... of the desirable print.

Step 2: 3D print clovers

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Now it's time to make the machine work!
Make sure the bed (platform) and the nozzle have the right temperature and position. (60°C bed - 220°C nozzle)
Insert the file, press the 'Print'-button and there you go!
It will be fascinating to watch! It can take a while though...

(Normally you can print 4 clovers at once.)

Step 3: Make chain

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I printed 50 clovers (40 clovers + 10 with tree leaves) to make a lampshade.
You can easily slide them together and make a chain out of it. 
They remain in the best position if you tangle them all in the same direction.

Step 4: Connect the ends

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I you finished the sheet of clovers, you can attacht the ends by putting them together.
Now you have a nice cylinder.
It is possible that the clovers move and don't stay in the exact position.You can push them apart until it fits!

janwillemsl3 years ago
Great design, like a puzzle?

When the peices could be made out of plastic bottles, it would be a great example of recycling. One wold propably need a cutting tool, a mold? Do you know about that? I am thinking about this as a kind of development-aid in third worl countries where they may earn money from recycling this way.

greetings from jan willem
No, it is laughable that you consider it recycling to NEED a 3D printer, resources, be online with a computer using power, THEN call it recycling.

Here's a hint - Recycling a lamp would be using one of the millions of lamps that already exist instead of them going into a landfill. Please don't confuse really being green with token gestures. There's a huge difference.
ac-dc ac-dc2 years ago
Although some will take a knee jerk reaction thinking my comment is negative, there is a purpose far more important than making a lamp, that choices like these are where our society is going wrong. We should not expend resources to reinvent the wheel!
you appear not to know the difference between recycling, reusing and upcycling of materials/products.
I suggested recycling, others suggest 3D printing. I suggested that one could use garbage plastic to cut the parts out of from which to create lamp shades. Are we more in phase (electrical term) now AcDc? Hope that. Calling 3D printing recycling would have been idiot indeed.

my awkward english is because i am dutch, snorry, lets all have a good week.
hi AcDc, you think differently now? I am curious to hear.
svetusik3 years ago
Интересная вещь.
dscott43 years ago

I would love to see it added to the 3D print group I have just started


dscott43 years ago
Nice project,

I would love to see it added to the 3D print group I have just started