Samuel Nelson Bernier is an industrial designer from the countryside of Quebec. A few months ago he created Project RE_ as a research for his graduation project at UdeM. He uses a small UP! 3D printer from PP3DP aiming to explore 3D printing as a DIY tool for upcycling.
His experiment included making customized lids and then clipped or screwed onto standard jars, tin cans and bottles to create new and personal objects. A few examples are a watering can, an hour glass, a long pasta container, a bird house, a bird feeder, a mug, a rain catcher, a maple syrup bottle, a piggy bank, a orange juicer, a snow globe, a paint brush cleaner, a dumbbell and a lamp, as you can find in the picture above.
Again Bernier wanted to push the machine to it's limit. This time his goal is to create something functional and aesthetic. A collection of lampshades that can be screwed unto any threaded suspension kit meets the criteria. What you need is just 5$ IKEA suspension kit and 60w incandescent Light bulb or fluocompact, and of course a 3D printer and enough ABS or PLA filament.
Bernier provides the main idea on how to make such a lamp in the video below. Unfortunately he removed the 3D printing files for some reasons. He has made 5 different models with same shape but different patterns and you can hardly believe they were produced on a DIY 3D printer.
Bernier hopes his products could inspire others to come up with more creative ideas to make useful everyday objects. He says:
"What motivates people into making their own stuff? Is it to save money? Is it to express themselves? Or is it just a human need to create, as proposed by the Italian philosopher Piero Ferrucci.
Some people appreciate standing out of the crowd by creating a unique product. Others build to show off their skills and values. Today, with the rise of automated manufacturing machines and the access to cheap and intuitive 3D programs, the quest for customization will become a reality."
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