Lighting a sculpture / Glow

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by BobCummingsDesigns, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. BobCummingsDesigns
    BobCummingsDesigns New Member
    Does anyone have any experience with installing
    miniature lights (LED) inside a 3d sculpture?
     
  2. stonysmith
    stonysmith Well-Known Member Moderator
    What are your questions? It's not all that difficult if the geometry of the model allows it.
     
  3. BobCummingsDesigns
    BobCummingsDesigns New Member
    Hi,

    My sculpture is 12 inches in height and has a number of curves
    to it (picture two figure 8's as a reference).

    Ideally I'd like the 3d sculpture to glow, with the light
    starting at one point and progressing along inside till
    the entire piece is lite.

    or

    a simpler version would be that the glow starts off very dim
    and slowly grows in intensity inside the entire piece.

    I realize now that just putting in small LED lights is not the
    look I'm going for because that won't give me the glow
    look and be more of a spot light look.

    If you have any thoughts on how to do this I would
    greatly appreciate it.

    thanks,
    bob
     
  4. BobCummingsDesigns
    BobCummingsDesigns New Member
    Hi,

    I'm making a 3d sculpture that's 12 inches in height
    and has a number of curves to it
    (picture two figure 8's as a reference).

    Ideally I'd like the 3d sculpture to glow, with the light
    starting at one point and progressing along inside till
    the entire piece is lite.

    or

    a simpler version would be that the glow starts off very dim
    and slowly grows in intensity inside the entire piece.

    I realize that just putting in small LED lights is not the
    look I'm going for because that won't give me the glow
    look and be more of a spot light look.

    If anyone has any thoughts on how to do this I would
    greatly appreciate it.

    thanks,
    bob
     
  5. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team
    Paint it with glow in the dark paint? The glow of the paint won't charge itself, but it will charge faster/brighter closest to the light source. Just an idea.
     
  6. Mhagan
    Mhagan New Member
  7. BobCummingsDesigns
    BobCummingsDesigns New Member
    Hi Mhagan,
    Terrific!!! That's the ticket! Also appreciated the website that had the video of how they lite the pumpkin. Thanks!!!
     
  8. mkroeker
    mkroeker Well-Known Member
    Can you make it hollow, and thread LED strips inside ? (I seem to remember that someone posted
    images of a translucent nautilus shell in "full color sandstone" sometime last summer - ah yes,
    here it is)
    For lighting from below, i.e. putting the sculpture on a small stand with an LED inside (seen this for
    sale with some more or less esoteric glass or plastic object on top) one of the acrylic materials
    (detail/ultra detail) is probably your best bet.

    EDIT: garbled url...
     
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2013
  9. virtox
    virtox Active Member Moderator
  10. BobCummingsDesigns
    BobCummingsDesigns New Member
    This is what I've been looking for, without knowing exactly what is was. Thank you so very much.
    I give the Electroluminescent Wire a glowing review!!! Thanks again!
     
  11. UniverseBecoming
    UniverseBecoming Well-Known Member
    Yeah, the problem with LEDs is they are highly directional. What you could do is design a 3D printed diffuser that goes over the LEDs to diffuse the light. Or you can buy diffused LEDs. Diffused LEDs are designed to be less directional. Like these.

    Completely aside from LEDs is EL wire. I first learned of this when I went to Burning Man one year. This stuff is amazing! :D

    One other option I can think of is seeing about making your sculpture design into an actual light by making it into a neon light. I don't know if anyone's ever tried this with 3D printed materials, but it might be fun to look into.

    Oh, and if you only need a temporary lighting effect you can use glow sticks. And since the chemicals that make the glow are nontoxic you can break open a glow stick and coat the inside of your sculpture to have a lighting effect that lasts for numerous hours. I once opened a red glow stick and painted the eyes of a gargoyle sculpture red and they glowed red all night. :)

    James
     
  12. BobCummingsDesigns
    BobCummingsDesigns New Member
    That's an interesting thought, about making the whole sculpture
    into a light. Having it made in Neon would probably be way to expensive.
    Can Shapeways print in glass?
     
  13. BobCummingsDesigns
    BobCummingsDesigns New Member
    So very helpful! Thanks for the link to the Nautilus Shell
    and placing the sculpture on a lite base.
     
  14. UniverseBecoming
    UniverseBecoming Well-Known Member
    They did print in glass but recently abandon that material cuz of lack of interest.
     
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2013
  15. virtox
    virtox Active Member Moderator
    I have merged your two topics about the same subject.
     
  16. BobCummingsDesigns
    BobCummingsDesigns New Member
  17. modelmade
    modelmade New Member
    Thats terrible news, I spent quite some time fixing the model so I can get it printed in glass....
    Is it possible to do a custom material request for glass?