Reaction lamp

by nervoussystem
Reaction lamp 3d printed Art Home decor looking up at the lamp
looking up at the lamp
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    White nylon plastic with a matte finish and slight grainy feel.

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This 7" pendant lamp is covered by ridges and valleys that transmit different amounts of light when illuminated; they furnish a striking pattern whether the lamp is on or off.

We created the form by simulating a process where two chemicals diffuse across a surface and react with one another to form stable patterns. This process, reaction-diffusion, can be used to explain the intricate patterns found on the skin of many types of animals, from the spots of leopards to the radiating stripes of angelfish. Growing a pattern with different parameters can produce dramatically different results.

Here, we orchestrated a pattern that twists elegantly towards the base of the lamp where it terminates in a gentle spiral. Lines diverge and converge along the contours of the sphere, blanketing the surface in many deep grooves. We think the pattern recalls the forms of sand dunes and hard corals.

Only the shade portion of the lamp is shipped by shapeways. The light fixture can be purchased separately from us, email us at

Light Fixture The lamp comes with an eco-friendly 3-watt LED light fixture with three bright Cree LED's that will last for 6 years of continuous use. It plugs into the wall.


IN: 7.302 w x 7.3 d x 6.832 h
CM: 18.548 w x 18.542 d x 17.354 h


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I'm somewhat confused about the description. Is this supposed to be a steady state solution to some reaction-diffusion problem? What do the ridges actually represent? Did you guys simulate this via FEM or FD first and then make 3D models based off the solution? So many questions...
November 27, 2013, 7:01 am
Nicely done. The intricate grooves are mind boggling.
December 8, 2012, 4:05 am
This is awesome, @ggurov
December 5, 2012, 3:48 pm
hopefully we can offer a less expensive version in the future :)
September 25, 2010, 11:35 pm
is it worth a grand?
September 25, 2010, 8:22 pm
August 27, 2010, 9:15 pm


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