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In this tutorial/how-to I will show you how I made a desktop lamp using a lasercutter and bright white Led-strips

Step 1: Brainstorming + Design Inspiration

In this step I began brainstorming to come up with cool and good ideas.

I began experimenting with LED-technology and conventional light bulbs.

Eventually I came up with a list of requirements:

-LED lights = Durable

= Low energy consumption

= Uniform and strong loght

-Lasercutting = high quality

= black cutting lines, giving the lamp a finishing touch

-attachment = butterfly nuts = cheap

= easy to readjust

= no tools required

-design = natural forms

= functional

= fully adjustable

-safety = integrated wiring

= insulation

Step 2: Designing + Sketching

I soon started drawing and came up with these basic sketches. The shape I liked most was the one with the 'banana arms as I like to call them. So I started planning on how to produce it and how to get it working.

Step 3: Prototyping

Using parquet insulation I quickly made a template for my banana shape and made some different designs.

Using toothpicks I could change the product in a lot of different ways. Easy, quick and cheap!

Step 4: Decisions

I chose this design, because I think it is the most balanced looking and it's also very user-friendly and easy adjustable. I made a final drawing with everything on that I needed, so I won't forget to lasercut a piece.

Step 5: Production

I began with gluing together veneer, until it was 8mm thick, I used a roller and ordinary wood glue.

I tried aerosol glue but this didn't work as well as wood glue.

Make sure you glue the nerves 90° to each other to minimize stress and bending of your laminated veneer.

Afterwards I clamped the pieces together to ensure they did not start bending because of the glue.

Now you got yourself some pretty cool and ultra-strong laminated veneer.

Step 6: Lasercutting

This is a very cool and rewarding step.

I used the free program Inkscape for drawing my parts to be cut out by the laser.

Make sure you use vector drawings and not any with pixels.

The precise settings for the laser can be read in the manual, and you should really read these before cutting anything.

I include 2 drawings for the lasercutter and one on how I build up the 'banana' shape

I would not recommend you using these, because they have been dimensioned for a specific surface area

Step 7: Installing the LEDs

In the initial drawings I didn't make space to put the LEDs in, so I cut them with a jigsaw.

For the LEDs, solder them prior to building in, otherwise it will be a lot harder.

The LEDstrips have adhesives at the back, like a sticker. These work very well, even after a bit of heat.

I also cut a bit in the veneer, so I can fit the connector in the base of the lamp, to make it look as clean as possible.

Step 8: Assembly

Now all you have to do, is bolt the butterfly nuts together making the lamp complete.

This is an easy and rewarding job, as you can see it come together very quickly.

A final testing is done, and the Desktop Lamp is finished.

Step 9: The End

I have enjoyed this build a lot, as I also learned how to lasercut.

Hopefully some of you want to recreate it, if you have any questions or comments feel free to ask!

If you could also give it a vote in the contest I would like to thank you a million times!

Cheers

Nicolas

<p>Nice lamp.</p>
<p>thanks so much for your sharing</p>
<p>pretty cool idea. I'm thinking of creating an led lamp and used common wood. Do you know how I can figure out if I need to add weight to the base? Here is an image. Thank you</p>
<p><em>Oh Yes, I have also replaced the screws with threaded bar and wing nuts for the adjustable parts and I used cap domes for the base and the head at the very front.</em></p>
<p>Quick question, how many banana arms did you cut and were they all the exact same dimensions, in the picture it looks as if the top and base arms have holes almost in the middle as oppose to just the ends as per the drawing you supplied. Do you have this file as well or shall I just wing it :)</p>
<p>There are 21 bananas and they are all the same size, I will look for the images but can't guarantee you anything</p>
Hi Nicolas,<br><br>As requested please see images of the one I made, couple of changes, I used the laser cutter to cut out the space for the LED strips, and I placed all of these together with no spacers in between to prevent any light escaping up. I think that made sense, Anyway here are 3 pics so you can see what I'm talking about. I used a 6mm MDF.<br><br>Thanks Again for thew idea and the drawings.<br><br>Regards,<br>James
<p>Hey Nicolas,</p><p>Thanks for the info, I was desperate for a project this weekend and you just inspired me to make this, I think it would look brilliant in my office and I'm considering making a more industrial one for my workbench.</p><p>Nice Work!!</p><p>Cheers,</p><p>James (S.Africa)</p>
<p>No problem, enjoy your project and make sure to post a picture of it finished</p>
<p>Great design.</p>
<p>Totally cool! Great design. </p>
<p>Thanks for the positive comments!</p>
<p>I was wondering if you could provide a link for the LED strips you used?</p>
<p>Nice one! I have similar criteria and plan to make one, just not planning to employ a laser cutter rather than other methods due to availability.</p>
<p>Give it a go! And you can use a jigsaw or ribbon saw instead of the laser.</p><p>If you could vote on it I would be very thankful ;)</p>

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