Introduction: Pineapple Lamp

Pineapple lamp can be used at more than one situation!

The idea is to understand that sometimes we can use electricity, but other times we can’t!

So, this is a “modular” lamp that can change its energy source. It can be powered by electricity or by your own phone or flashlight!

The pieces just come together with pressure, and then you can take them apart if you need a new energy source for the lamp.

On the electrical module, due to the fact that it’s led powered, it’s not thought to be the primary light source of a room, it’s thought to add a cool ambiance to the place!

Step 1: Step 1: What You Need

I wanted to have a lamp designed by me capable of follow me wherever I go.

It’s made by three pieces:

1 The top piece: Its purpose is to receive the alternative power source when there is not an electricity connection. The idea is to put the smartphone or a flashlight above it.

2 The middle piece: Is the master piece. Here is where the light goes out to the ambience.

3 The bottom piece: This one is the changeable one, it can be just the piece. Or the piece with plaster inside, so it´s heavier and capable of support the phone or the flashlight. Also, it can be a electrical module with led lightning.

All three pieces are 3D printed. So first you will need an ABS filament. Second, a 3d printer, I used the MakerBot Replicator 2X. And third, a computer so you can send the files.

If you are doing the electric module you will need a dremel to make a little hole for the led wire.

Optionally you can need a plastic material or leather or anything to cover the pieces. It is recommended to improve the joint between the pieces.

Optionally too you can need a led strip, if you want the electric module.

And finally, but optional too, you can need plaster. So you can fill the bottom module with it and gain weight. It is recommended to support the smartphone better.

Step 2: Step 2: Print Out Your Pieces

There is one way to create the pieces, and its printing them with the 3d printer.

Below is the .3DM model. You have to open it and export every piece separately
using the .STL format. There you can pick what to print, you can choose between the non-electric or electric lamp, or both.

After you have the .STL file you just have to upload them to the MakerBot app and then send them to the printer.

Then for the cover of the plastic you can do it with your own hands and a cutter, or with the laser cut. The .DWG file is below.

Step 3: Step 3: Assemble

After the 3D printing, the pieces are almost ready to be joint. The way to join the pieces is by pressure. As a recommendation you can cover the outside of the top and bottom pieces of the lamp with a material of your choice, I used plastic. The reason of this cover is to have a better joint between the pieces. To glue the plastic with the pieces I used Agorex. But the glue will depend of what material do you use.

The way to assemble the lamp is inserting the top and bottom piece inside the middle one.

The bottom module has two choices.

For the electric module, the one with the "stick", you will need to make a small hole near the bottom for the wires. I used a RGB led strip. I covered with it the tall part of the piece as you can see on the images. This last module is optional, you can also decide to just build the non-electricity lamp.

For the non-electric module you can use plaster to fill it so it can gain weight and support a phone or a flashlight better.

After you connect one piece with the other that’s it! You have the lamp.

And then you can separate the pieces if you want to change the energy source!

Step 4: Considerations

The 3d printing is not completely precise. If you want to be sure that this modular lamp is going to work maybe you can scale the top and bottom piece of the lamp (0.98), to make them smaller, so they fit better inside the middle piece (Now it is a little bit tight)

A phone can be heavy, you should use a counterweight so it can work. With the flashlight is fine without the counterweight.


ajfernandez made it! (author)2017-07-05

great job patricio ?? looks awesome!

Swansong made it! (author)2017-07-05

That's a neat design :) It does kind of look like a pineapple.