Introduction: Design Your Own 3D Printed Table Lamp

Most people buy a lamp, extraordinary people design them.
Perhaps you have never designed a lamp before, but you are experienced in using 3D modeling software like Rhino, 3D Studio Max, SketchUp or Blender. We will help you to turn your idea into a one-of-a-kind table lamp.

Let’s get you on the right track.

Step 1: Download Table Lamp Kit

Get started by downloading the table lamp kit for the following 3D modeling programs:

SketchUp
Rhino
3Ds Max
Wavefront
Blender

Step 2:

We make use of a standard component to attach the shade to the base. This standard component will be inserted and glued to the lamp fitting (blue) by us. It is important for you, as the designer, to be aware of this and make use of this blue part in your design.

Step 3: Safety Advice

Since we’re dealing with electricity, you have to make sure to include a spherical zone around the light bulb of Ø 6 cm / Ø 2.4 inch. This zone needs to remain completely open (hollow); it cannot contain any material.The design kit contains a Ø 6 cm / Ø 2.4 inch sphere to perform this safety check. Place the sphere inside your lamp shade and make sure they don’t intersect.

Step 4: Size of the Lamp Shade

For the price of the table lamp, you’re allowed to use a maximum diameter of 13 cm / 5.12 inch and the same for the height of your lamp shade. These also happen to be the ideal dimensions regarding stability, weight, and aesthetics.

Step 5: Upload & Order

Once your design is uploaded on i.materialise, it will appear in the 3D model workspace of the 3D print lab.

Starting from here, you can proceed with your order. After ordering, our 3D printers will start building your unique lamp.

Step 6:

The tool comes with a manual of great design tips. You can download the manual seperately as a pdf file it or flip through it on issuu.com. Check Flickr for more examples

Comments

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alcurb made it! (author)2015-04-30

Very nice design. I would very much prefer to use an LED bulb as a light source. You can make it as bright as you want without the worry about softening the plastic shade since the LED bulb would not even come close to producing the amount of heat than a filament bulb. Also with the LED bulb you can tighten up the clearance around the bulb if you wish.

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dizingof made it! (author)2012-12-26

Great!

I'd like to offer you all to download my FREE designer Lamp Shades (STL files) from http://www.thingiverse.com/Dizingof/things
then scale them to fit this tutorial guidelines.

Ex: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:21729

You can also browse my new category - Lighting - (downloadable STL files):
http://www.ponoko.com/showroom/Dizingof/tags/lighting

Cheers,
Dizingof


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