Nov.30, 2012

Back in Jun. 2012, industrial designer Samuel Nelson Bernier from Quebec created some beautiful lampshade using a small UP! 3D printer from PP3DP aiming to explore 3D printing as a DIY tool for upcycling. His latest project, "Dentelle" is again a lampshade serie, and it was started with a broken IKEA lamp.

When I moved in my new apartment, the last owner had left a Rigolit lamp in the middle of the living room. An object that looks like a fishing rod holding a big paper cloud. The lampshade was ripped from everywhere and Scotch tape was holding it together. This huge volume was always in the way and we kept bumping our heads into it. One day, I had enough and decided to buy a new lampshade to replace the paper one. Everything was either too expensive for me or extremely ugly. Also, the closest IKEA was an hour away… by bus. What does a designer do in such a situation? He makes!

Bernier owns a few personal 3D printers, such as Makerbot Replicator, Replicator 2 and Up! from pp3dp. All he needed was some colorful ABS or PLA filament.

A few hours later, thanks to affordable 3D printing, a unique lampshade was made. I couldn't stop there, so I designed 2,3… 12 different ones, using always the same shape and changing only the color and the texture. They take between 4 and 12 hours to print, use absolutely no support material, weight between 50g and 100g and cost less than 5$ to print.

(Images credit: Bernier)

With the rise of 3D printing people could create more unique products to express themselves. Bernier's work will definitely inspire more people to come up with creative idea and useful objects for our daily life.


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