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!
Step 1: Make a design (CAD)
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
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
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
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!