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The Kerf Table Lamp is a interactive, open design to be downloaded, customized and assembled using medium density fiberboard (MDF) and a simple arduino circuit to control the LED’s.

Using movements of the hand, the lamp is able to turn on, off and change its brightness using an ultra sonic sensor.

In this tutorial we have uploaded a series of 4 different kerf bending patterns that subject diverse moods of light from the conical structure however we look forward to what others generate from our original patterns and design.

The project was part of a Massey University, Industrial Design paper at the Wellington Fab Lab in New Zealand.

Designed by Glenn Catchpole, Janelle Streater, Justin Lim and Jia Fang

Kerf Table Lamp Promo Video

Video of the assembling of the Kerf Table Lamp 

 


Below are 4 of our kerf pattern designs ready to be downloaded, laser cut and assembled


 
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Step 1: Required Equipment

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EQUIPMENT:

CIRCUIT ROUTER (ROLAND)
LASER CUTTER

ELECTRONICS:

SOLDERING IRON
DOUBLE SIDED TAPE
ATTINY45
5V 100mA REGULATOR
4 x RESISTER (0)
6mm DC POWER JACK
2x2 HEADER PINS
2x3 HEADER PINS
ULTRASONIC MOTION SENSOR
12V LED STRIP (12 LEDS)
N-CHANNEL MOSFET
WIRE
12V POWER SUPPLY WITH 6mm ADAPTER PLUG
AVR PROGRAMMER
CIRCUIT BOARD

LAMP FORM:

ARADITE GLUE
JUG (BOIL WATER)
HAIRDRYER or HEATGUN

PROGRAMMES:

ARDUINO
EAGLE
RHINO 5
ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

Step 2: Designing The Lamp

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This step illistrates how we designed and modeled the conical structure of the lamp. It involves using 3D modeling software such as Rhino and Adobe Illistrator. This step isn't necessary for replicating our designs but will give you more understanding as to how we model'd them if you wished to develop one for yourselves. 
wilgubeast1 year ago
That's a gorgeous lamp. The picture of all of you holding lamps is really awesome. Thanks for including all of the files!
mreed181 year ago
It's too bad you use MDF, that has chemicals in it and it's not environmentally friendly.
gcatchpole (author)  mreed181 year ago
We tried some different materials such as bendy ply and cross grain ply, however, due to the grain patterns in the wood, even with boiling water to aid in the bending and because the conical templates are curved, the grain start to pull and oppose the curve at certain points around the arc. The form can be constructed using other materials such as plastics or other multi-directional bending substances. Fab Lab Wellington (the workspace we designed the lamp in) are looking into biodegradable and non toxic MDF that is not harmful and completely recyclable as ordinary timbers. It is an interesting subject but that's why the project is Open design, to get others picking up from where we left off to develop and re work the design.

cool! :)

mreed181 year ago
How about basswood? Unfortunately more expensive, but no doubt a great product. Design is awesome by the way!
rbrodie1 year ago
Beautiful design and very cool motion sensor switch! Thanks for sharing.
dimtick1 year ago
Really great design!!!
The design is so elegant. I'm wondering if there is a different way to do the vertical seams on the cones other than the "zipper". something incorporating the pattern that would hide the seam? With the table against a wall the seam is hiddent but if it's out in the open that seam detracts from its elegance.
I also wonder if you can do an option with the light sensor at a different location or from a remote? from a functionality standpoint using the table as......welll.....a table and putting things on it, would interfere with the sensor.
i bet color changing led's would be cool also and add another level of interaction.
just me thinking out loud.

GREAT DESIGN !!!! NICE WORK!!!
tscott251 year ago
This is so gorgeous! But how does someone like me...A housewife make it?
Head to your local hackspace or techshop and use their laser cutter to cut it out. It's just about learning the skills and those places are full of friendly people willing to help (Housewife or not)
HollyMann1 year ago
awesome!