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Role: Designer
Dates: 2022
Timeline: 1 week
Digital Fabrication

Why buy a lamp when you can make your own?

With this project, I was most excited about the idea of designing and fabricating an object that was both functional and beautiful. Although the final form is fairly simple, the process of constructing a kit of parts that snapped to fit and held firmly together was a significant challenge for a 3d printing novice like me. 

︎︎︎ The finished lamp in all its luminous glory ✨

Design Process

︎︎︎ INITIAL SKETCHES / The phase in which I was grateful to have remembered how to do basic math. 

︎︎︎ LAMP ANATOMY / I modeled the lamp components in Rhino using an intricate concoction of surface, boolean, and transform commands. 

︎︎︎ INITIAL TEST PRINTS / Nervous about the time cost and the unpredictability of the design to print translation, I made a few design test prints of the smaller pieces to start and printed short sections of the other pieces to test for fit.

︎︎︎ TRIAL AND ERROR / It took a lot of trial and error to get the measurements of each component exactly right to ensure that the entire lamp could be taken apart and put back together easily. 

︎︎︎ PUTTING IT TOGETHER / The lamp base component alone took 10.5 hours to finish printing, so you can imagine the anxiety I was feeling in this moment.  Ahhh~ the satisfying sound of the parts snapping into place. The goal was for the lamp parts to stay together even with a light shaking



Tools used: Rhino, Cura, Ender 3 Pro
Cura settings: I printed at standard quality using default cura settings with brim and support where necessary.
Filament:  Forest Green PLA from Hatchbox (Lamp base), Simply White PLA from Protopasta (Lamp shade)
Source files: TBD

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© Minah Kim Bass 2023