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I created this desktop lamp because I was inspired by another one I saw on Instructables but wanted something a bit simpler in style and creation.

Created with Autodesk Inventor, 123D Make http://123D Make and at TechShop
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Step 1: CAD it.

1) I first drew the Overall shape of the lamp that I wanted to create. This was done in Autodesk Inventor 2012. To begin, start a new part which is labeled as an .Ipt file. Inventor automatically knows that you want to start with a sketch, You can then use a combination of the   line tool, arch tool, circle tool or whatever you need to get the profile shape you want. When your happy with it, click finish sketch on the upper right hand side and then go the extrusion comm and under the model tab. 

2) I then created a sketch on the surface of the first extrusion by right clicking on the face of the extrusion and choosing the new sketch. On the new sketch I chose the project geometry button in the center of the sketch tab, this gives me the profile of the extrusion I just created in my current sketch. from there I just close up the bottom of the box using the line tool and then finished my sketch and extruded that new section in both direction but a little further in one direction to offset the face of the extrusion I just made. If you need to alter your extrusion just right click on extrusion 2 on your design tree which is on the left of your screen and then choose edit FEATURE, it's towards the middle. 

3)For the lamp head I simply started a new sketch off the same feature that I created my previous sketch and drew the shape that I wanted to Revolve. Only draw half the shape and then include a line to revolve that sketch around. When you are satisfied with your shape click finish sketch and then choose the revolve command from the model tab.  In the dialogue box that comes down choose the profile of shape that you want to revolve then click the arrow next to where it say axis and choose the part of your sketch that you want the profile to revolve around. WARNING a part cannot revolve inside itself. 

4. The whole in the box which conveniently holds my cell phone as well as my business cards was made by creating a new sketch on the small flat piece on the top of my base piece near where the arm comes out. I used the rectangle tool to create a shape that I wanted to cut into the box with. Click finish sketch and then choose extrude from the model tab. Select the sketch you just created and then in the middle of the extrude dialogue box pick the 2nd icon with will set the extrude to cut. You can pull on the orange arrow to the desired depth or type it in. 

That was it on the modeling side, On to the fun stuff, 123D Make and laser cutting. 

Step 2: From Inventor to 123D Make

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1) After I finished my model, I went to the upper left hand corner where I choose the drop down menu on the Inventor Logo and hovered over Save As, if you hover it pops up a secondary menu where you should choose save a copy as. In that menu you will want to choose .stl for the file type and then click save. 

2) You can download 123D make at or choose to upload your file to the site. From here 123D make is pretty self explanatory. I chose to import my file and then chose stacked as my creation option. From there its up to you on size and material thickness. The laser Cutters at TechShop are 18x24, so that is typically what I would pick for the sheet size. 

Step 3: Laser Cut

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You laser cut from any of your favorite design application including both 123D and Autodesk Inventor, the Epilog runs like a printer driver. 

After you load your file and choose your epilog laser preferences for cardboard, (I used 60 for speed and 75 for power with a 500 frequency) and hit print.  pick the big green satisfying go button and let the fun begin! 

After pulling my sheet out I like to stack the pieces in order before gluing to make my gluing experience more pleasurable. I used Elmers white glue sparingly so it would seal faster. 

Step 4: Insert LED strip

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After some fun gluing, I drilled a hold in the back of the head of the lamp and fed my LED strip through it taped it in a swirl pattern on the inside and then attached the strip to a plug and Walla! light.  

Simple easy and even fits my cell phone in the pocket. Have fun and come join us at TechShop SF

j_rod2 years ago
Wow, wahat a great idea. Can you send me an step file to this address Also I would like to know the model of the laser cutter you used.


JesseHarringtonAu (author)  j_rod2 years ago
Hi Javier, The eps files are on the front page do you need a different format?

the eps files can't opened

GhiffariA1 month ago

can you send me the pdf file?

hpratama111 months ago
Wow, wahat a great idea. Can you send me an step file to this address j. Also I would like to know the model of the laser cutter you used. Thanks, haris
Wow, wahat a great idea. Can you send me an step file to this address j. Also I would like to know the model of the laser cutter you used. Thanks, haris
parrot19751 year ago
Hi could you send source files please love the lamp
parrot19751 year ago
Hi Jesse

loving the lamp, when you download PDF are the 3 files there for the laser cutter??

If not could you send me the files to my email

also what file extension for importing into 123 software would iges be ok.

Many thanks Dave
MR..1 year ago
Very good job.

Daniel Domingos
Beautiful!!! Could you send me the file please? Send me a private message and I will give you my email.

JesseHarringtonAu (author)  pvillaseñor2 years ago
Hi and thanks for writing, the .eps file is attached on the front page, do you need a different format?
pls send me attachmnt too..i dont know auto cad .
n pls can you suggest some more gifts lyk that..
nice one..what kind of cardboard u have used?
i want to make it for one of my friend and gift him
pgrferrari2 years ago
Can you send me the file so i can lasercut it to?
JesseHarringtonAu (author)  pgrferrari2 years ago
Files now attached! but really, its fun to make your own at
JesseHarringtonAu (author)  pgrferrari2 years ago
Absolutely, just send me an address. Or even better if you know how to share files on here clue me in.

wowww, i like it, please send for me, tks!
my email:
very nice, i like it. So you can send for me a source file ? Thanks!
my email:
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JesseHarringtonAu (author)  pgrferrari2 years ago
Awesome!!! Could you send me the file please? Send me a private message and I will give you my email.

Great lamp. I am an instructor in the College of Architicture at Texas Tech University. I supervise our model shop where we have our lasers and 3D printers. One of the classed that is tought is Product Design or some call it furnature building. One of the assingments in the class is design and build a lamp. I would really appreciate receiving the CAD file on your lamp. With your permission I would like to change it to an STL file and try it in one of our 3D printers.
modelinc2 years ago
great design, could you please send the laser cut file? I love it! thnks in advance
antoniobm2 years ago
can you send me the file please? i'm not lasercutting, i'm doing it with my hands but got some problems with the upper part, mine got rectangle instead of circle, thanks;
Apeksha2 years ago
can you send me file so i can cut on lase cutter.
email id :
tuongbach2 years ago
very nice, i like it. So you can send for me a source file ? Thanks!
my email:
tsaylor2 years ago
Why no list of parts? What lamp component did you use, and what about a switch?
JesseHarringtonAu (author)  tsaylor2 years ago
Sorry about that, I made it from some things that were laying around. I just plugged it into a power strip that I use as an on off switch. There is definitely a better solution out there.
Here are the links for where to get LED strips and a plug.

LED Strip


I know these are not the most helpful, but its a start.
arudiver2 years ago
nice project, wish the 123D programm was also available for windows.
You can use it online on any OS:
paqrat2 years ago
Very nice. This lamp would look so good in either glass or lucite. Lot more trouble to make but I think it would be worth it.
2tnt2 years ago
Nice project :)
I want do it but i have't laser cutter, can you send me your sheet to cut each layer?
Thanks very much!
logantanner2 years ago
Too much effort for a lazy DI-why-not-er like myself.
Just sell me one.
angelhut2 years ago
still prefer the original lamp, looks better with better curve and base.
woodmagnet2 years ago
Neat project, well done.
PeckLauros2 years ago
I would like to have one laser cutter too. Nice job!
randofo2 years ago
Cool. Nice lamp.