Finally, my sculptural light design arrived!

Discussion in 'My Shapeways Order Arrived' started by SaGaDesign, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. SaGaDesign
    SaGaDesign New Member
    One more bit of 3d-print related excitement in my home today.

    This sculptural light design took a lot of tweaking to make 3d-print ready, and finally the first prototype arrived from Shapeways. The renders of the original design are meant to be quite large pieces, made in stainless steel and gold-plating, but this first prototype is a small 5"x5" in scale and printed in polyamide.

    Quite happy with how close it resembles the renderings. Would love to hear your thoughts!

    The first 2 images are photos of the actual 3d-print, the bottom 3 images are the renderings.



  2. denali3ddesign
    denali3ddesign New Member
    It's gorgeous! I like how you really played to 3D printing's strengths, the lacy pattern probably can't be made any other way and is a central part of the design.

    How do you light it?

    Regarding the metal version, Shapeways doesn't print stainless that big, but those would be impressive!

  3. SaGaDesign
    SaGaDesign New Member
    Thanks Marcus!

    That was my goal when I set out to design this thing, so I'm glad it came across in the finished version.

    Here I used a small lamp as the light source, but in the final 'chandelier' versions I'll have to integrate the piece that holds the light-bulb into the exterior sculptural form.

    I'm gonna try to get a stainless steel or gold-plated version as large as shapeways printers will allow. I imagine this will cost me a fortune, probably over $1000 but I think it'll be worth it to have that one polished piece. I'd love to get a series of these things arrayed in a restaurant/hotel space....

  4. denali3ddesign
    denali3ddesign New Member
    I ask about the light because I just received a lamp (will post pics shortly) and am looking for a better lighting solution.

    I'd love to see a large version too!

  5. SaGaDesign
    SaGaDesign New Member
    Oh sweet, looking forward to seeing the pics!

    The easiest thing might be to just order a very basic desk lamp base, and somehow attach your light to the base.
    I'm also looking for the most elegant solution to this as well....

  6. JuanManuelVargas
    JuanManuelVargas New Member
    Fantastic model. five stars.
  7. SaGaDesign
    SaGaDesign New Member
    Thanks Juan!
    I like your models, especially the iPhone case. You should put it up for sale!
  8. JuanManuelVargas
    JuanManuelVargas New Member
    hello, thanks you too. I am waiting to receive the impression of iphone case to put on sale.
    a pleasure, see you in the forums.

    pd : the hat is wonderfull, super futuristic. great job.
  9. kspaho
    kspaho New Member
    Looks amazing, you are going yo be famous soon!
  10. SaGaDesign
    SaGaDesign New Member
    Thanks for the kind words, friend.
    We have to take the 3d-print world by storm before it's saturated with way too many talented young designers!!

    (which will be VERY soon)

    So....let's get famous, quick ;)

  11. cloaca
    cloaca New Member
    it's not a good idea to print it in metal. you'll never get that glossy feel you're after.. it will be heavy, small and the design requirements are much more stringent.

    there's coating solutions that can make the WSF or whatever look like metal. cheaper and lighter.. apart from that the WSF itself looks pretty good, the tranparancies are an added bonus. maybe coloured? you can colour them yourself.

    also, you could make bigger lights by cleverly cutting up the model, i see some symmetries so you could have a lamp made from 8 identical pieces or something. when enlarging, try keeping the thickness of the part low, it'll be cheaper AND you'll still have those transparancies to play with..