May 30, 2015 | By Simon

Despite many efforts towards turning consumers on to the benefits of being able to 3D print their own their own ready-to-use products at home, few consumers have the skills and know-how to be able to turn their product design ideas into real, working products.  

Needless to say, there’s a reason why architects, industrial designers and mechanical engineers -  among others -  spend at least four years in school to learn how to bring a product or structure to life.  It’s for this reason that any and all efforts that are created by those with skills in these backgrounds are reasons to celebrate what’s possible with today’s 3d printers; because they’re likely the ones producing these objects at the most complicated level.

Among others, PrintME 3D, London’s leading 3D design and 3D printing studio has pushed forward relentlessly to put 3D printing into the hands of designers, engineers and architects to create beautiful objects using various additive manufacturing techniques.  Just a few weeks ago, the 3D printing house sponsored the development of a 3D printed interior facade installation that was recently completed by London-based architecture firm Urban Systems.  The installation was created for the RIBA Shanghai 2015 Windows Project in Xintiandi - a premiere fashion, art and shopping destination in Shanghai.      

More recently, PrintME teamed up with Shiu-Kay Kan of SKK Lighting, who is known as one of Britain’s leading innovators and has a design portfolio that spans industries including lighting design, interior design, architecture and industrial design.  

For the recent 3D Print Show in London, Kan and the SKK Lighting team featured their innovative 3D Printed Lighting Designs in the Home Designs section of the show, which were printed with the support from PrintME 3D Studio.  

According to Kan - whose clients have included AA, House of Fraser, Habitat, BBC, Burberry, British Airways, Next, Virgin, Prada and Ikea - 3D printing has been an integral part of his design process, so using the technology to create a finished product only came natural.  To create the 3D printing lighting design, Kan started with an initial sketch before it became a solid body through the use of digital 3d modeling.  Once the finished CAD model was complete, it was 3D printed.  Based on this initial trial print, changes were made before an updated and final 3D print was made.  The only parts that were not 3D printing are the lamp holders, the bulbs and the electrical cables.   

While the SKK hasn’t quite updated to reflect their more recent 3D printing work, it’s safe to say that Kan and the rest of the design team he works with are among those who are helping pave the way for a near-future that allows consumers to create their own custom and high-quality 3D printed objects at home.  



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designer wrote at 5/30/2015 1:18:57 PM:

What is innovative in sticking skull on existing lamp???? It is ugly

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