The first phase of the project was a technical study exploring the paradigms of two 3D printing machines with their own identities: 3D Touch by Bits from Bites and Uprint by Stratasys. Over 20 different iterations were designed and printed using a catalogue of polymers with each lamp having its own characteristics.
The goal was to produce a high-designed, esthetically dynamic, one-off product. A lamp was chosen to allow enough variation for interesting comparisons.
Chantilly is one of the most successful iterations. The finish material used for it was translucent PLA, well-suited for a consumer product. It was designed in Autodesk Maya as a series of three lamps with dynamic animation tools enforcing a look of movement. The lamp was designed to fit a standard bulb fitting and bulb.
Convolute: Black Tulip
Black Tulip is the brother of Chantilly, developed from the same geometry with different materials, which allows the application of the form to another function. The finish material, Black PLA, is well-suited for a consumer product. It was designed in Autodesk Maya as a vase with dynamic animation tools enforcing a look of movement.
Flicker shows how 3D printing allows variation with ease. A custom LED-fitting was designed inside the lamp. The installation consists of five lamps with a driver controlling the fades of the lamps to create a fluid, repeated pattern to highlight the uniqueness and complexity of the form. The installation was printed with the Uprint and designed in Autodesk Maya with the dynamic animated sequence emphasizing movement between the lamps, also supported by the lamp’s geometry.
Kivi Sotamaa, Director
Emmy Maruta, Design Research
Jukka Helle, Software + Programming