Manual Table lamps made easy - i.Materialize

Manual Table lamps made easy - i.Materialize
Table lamps made easy
i.materialise Table Lamp - V1
Introduction - 3
Design Kit - 6
Example - 12
Design by Hans Palacios
i.materialise is a 3D printing service for everybody with an eye for design
and a head full of ideas.
We want you to focus on the creation of designs –made by you– that add
value to people’s lives, while we do the manufacturing.
Design by Patricia.Lopes
Most people buy a lamp, extraordinary people design
Perhaps you have never designed a lamp before, but you are experienced in using 3D
modeling software like Rhino, 3D Studio Max, Google SketchUp or Blender. We will help
you to turn your idea into a one-of-a-kind table lamp. Let’s get you on the right track.
Design by Zach Hines & Oliver Dibrovan
There’s something special about physically holding
a design you’ve spent so many hours on.
We want to be the power behind your design.
How does it work?
It’s simple.
We offer you a building volume with fixed dimensions for your lamp
shade. With our design kit, you can prepare your file for production.
We ‘ll offer you the following items: (from left to right)
a lamp base with a dimmer
a 3d printed lamp shade with a glued G9 fitting ring
a bulb
a small leaflet explaining the installation, safety, and usage guidelines
Download the Design kit
On the website you can select the software program you want to design
in. In these files you’ll find the different layers with aids and guides, which
will help you make your design printable.
Google SketchUp
3ds Max
Once you’ve selected
and downloaded the
kit, you can get started.
However, it’s best to
read through the manual and get to know
the do’s and don’ts.
You can choose from the following file types:
Content Design kit
The base
The Spherical safety zone
The lamp fitting
A reference shade
Design Kit
Open the design kit in your 3D
modeling program and you will find:
Step 1 - Size lampshade
Bounding box
With the fixed price of the lamp comes a bounding box and your design
has to fit inside of this box. So, it’s a good to take this into account when
starting your design in order to avoid having to rescale your design afterwards.
A cube of 13mm or
5.12 inches is the
maximum size that
your lampshade can
Important! Designing within the bounding boxes is obligatory and designs which go out of bounds will be rejected..
To help you design your lampshade, we
have added an example to one of the
layers. You can use it as a template or as a
reference. The choice is yours.
Design Kit
Step 2 - Lamp fitting
Fitting ring
We make use of a standard component to attach the shade to
the base. This standard component will be inserted and glued
to the lamp fitting (blue) by us.
It is important for you, as the
designer, to be aware of this and
make use of this blue part in your
Once the fitting ring is attached to your
lampshade, we can use the thread to
secure it to the base.
By turning the shade counterclockwise
the shade will be attached.To release it,
you turn the shade clock wiser
You need to find a way to firmly attach this lamp fitting to the shade. You can see a few examples how to do that below.
Design Kit
The second step is all about making sure your shade fits the lamp base.
We have inserted an item called a lamp fitting in the design kit.
1.2 inch
Step 3 - Safety
Since we’re dealing with electricity, you have to make sure
to include a spherical zone around the light bulb of Ø 6
cm / Ø 2.4 inches. This zone needs to remain completely
open (hollow); it cannot contain any material. The starter kit
contains a Ø 6 cm / Ø 2.4 inch sphere to perform this safety
check. Place the sphere inside your lamp shade and make
sure they don’t intersect.
1.2 inch
Include an opening for the cooling of your lamp by allowing
airflow. When you have ordered and uploaded your table
lamp, we also do this safety check ourselves.This way we can
deliver the safest product possible.
You should hide the light bulb in your lamp design. Not just
for aesthetic reasons, but because the light produced can be
pretty bright.
Design Kit
Design guide
Check the general design rules
for polyamide on our webpage.
Models in polyamide are constructed from a white, very fine,
granular powder. The result is
a strong, somewhat flexible
material that can take small impacts and resist some pressure
while being bent. The surface
has a sandy, granular look, and
is slightly porous.
Go over the following items to verify whether
your design is ready for uploading.
Design Kit
Step 4 - Checklist
Building volume
Make sure your design
fits inside of the building
volume. If your model
is too big, rescale, but
make sure you don’t lose
too much wall thickness
by doing so.
Wall thickness
Check the wall thicknesses. The walls of your model need to be at least 0.8/1
mm thick and on-surface details or imprints can be 0.4 to 0.5 mm. Ideally the
wall thickness varies between 1.5 and 3 mm.
Content upload
Delete the references before
uploading. Keep the lamp fitting
in place in your design.
Step 5 - Upload
In order to have your design to be recognized as a table lamp you need to upload via the table lamp page.
Once you have selected your file and pressed open, your file will be uploaded to our 3D print lab.
When the upload is complete, a preview will be generated. This way, you
can see if the upload was done correctly.
The material will be automatically selected since we only offer the table
lamp shade in Polyamide. Choosing another material isn’t possible.
The color is limited to white. Selecting another color is not possible.
If you are happy with everything, you can complete the order by pressing the checkout button. You ‘ll be able to select the kind of plug you
would like to recieve.
Design Kit
Example: Doorhandle by Hans Palacios
1 Hans designed a shade for a table
lamp and would like to have a
real life model of it. He downloads the i.materialise table lamp
kit. He selects Google SketchUp..
5 When the model is uploaded on the i.materialise website,
Hans proceeds through the necessary steps and orders his
lamp. Hans receives his 3D printed shade and metal base
in mail. The lamp looks awesome, and is exactly how he
pictured it!
2 Hans uses the different layers
and references to adjust his
design to the building volume,
check the safety zone and attach of the fitting.
3 Once he is happy with the model, he presses the upload button and selects his skp file.
His file is quite big, so he visits some other
websites while it uploads. The progress bar
keeps him updated on it’s status.
4 Once the model is uploaded, he presses the
checkout button and selects the type of plug he
wants to have it delivered with.
Design by Hans Palacios
Enjoy your 3D printed lamp
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