Remember the blog video we shot of the 3D Printed Concept Lamp at EuroMold 2011? Well, I just received some amazing additional photos that I'd like to share with you below. All of these are courtesy of the lamp's creator Patric Günther, over at the Voxel Studio.
The lamp consists of 3 materials: First off is the Objet VeroWhitePlus – a hard white opaque material. This material is ideal for creating the inner core of the cocoon - a geometry based on spun threads which weave a protective mesh around the inner light source.
The next material is the Objet TangoBlackPlus - a flexible, rubber-like black material. This is used to create the soft 'gripping' elements – both all over the surface of the inner cocoon's white meshwork and also as linear elements across the outer grey edge of the enclosing form.
And finally the grey material of the outer enclosing form itself - this is a 'Digital Material' unique to the Objet Connex 3D printer. It's produced by simultaneously jetting a combination of the VeroWhitePlus and TangoBlackPlus to produce an in-between 'composite' – featuring some of the strength and some of the flexibility of its parent materials.
The 3 different materials are seamlessly 'grown' together to create the various parts that become the final lamp.
While the cocoon lamp features a total of 3 materials – it's worth noting that the Objet Connex 3D printer can produce a model or prototype with up to 14 different material 'composites' combined.
Step 1: The lamp CAD design is exported to the Objet Studio where it is positioned on the Objet printer's build tray for print:
Step 2: Print Print Print!
Step 3: Remove from build tray and wash away support material:
Step 4: Display the finished work!