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Thanks to Those Who Attended

A special thank you to those who attended my presentation on 3D Printing opportunities for Bespoke Lighting at Lightfair. I enjoyed delivering the course and the dialog that followed.

I am fully committed to assist anyone who attended, as well as others interested, in building their own strategy and approach for integrating 3D Printing into their design processes. This includes answering any questions, or assisting by sharing information and information sources I’ve accumulated over the years at no cost. As noted in prior posts on this topic, my approach is targeted at practical end uses today, for creating unique low volume items, making study and approval modelas and use of 3D printing for iterative processes in design. My approach includes use of accessible technologies that modest budgets can afford. If this is of interest, contact me through email, and I will get back to you right away.

Over the next several months, I will be producing video content that will provide detailed instruction on how one goes about creating high quality 3D printed models that will include the following subjects:

  • Bonding FDM components in ABS, ABS/PC and ASA materials that are as strong as the native component parts
  • Reinforcing 3D Printed parts to maximize strength for heavy duty application
  • Methods for finishing and filling seams and joints
  • Approach to finishing to produce a resulting object that replicates the appearance of metal castings or formed assemblies
  • How to orient and configure parts in the processing software for the greatest success in 3D printing processing
  • Using 3D Printed parts as masters for low temperature metal casting
  • Using 3D Printed parts as masters for silicone mold casting in resins for low cost replication
  • How design specifically for 3D printed objects differs from using 3D printing forend-use objects, vs. use for prototyping to verify design destined for other process production methods

I am also available for more specific project work in prototyping and model building, should that be of interest.

If you attended the presentation and have specific comments or critique you would like to share with me, please send that through email as well. I am always open to receive input that I can apply toward future presentations of value. If you attended the course, please be sure to complete the course evaluation to receive your CES credits. Attendees can also download the presentation handouts at the Lightfair web site.

Cleaning Up the Social Media Connections Collections

I have come to realize that Social Media connections – not in some way relevant or directly experienced in other contexts – are unnecessary. Further, these extraneous connections can be serious nuisances in being the source of spam and other activities I have become impatient with – as they exploit the standing as a connection, anonymous in their numbers.

To this end… In the interest of refining my Social Media connections on Facebook/Instagram and LinkedIn, I have engaged in a significant amount of culling. I am attempting to keep connected to those in the design industry, and those I have either direct personal or business experience with. I have closed my Twitter account, simply because I saw no use for it and have no idea what it is for (must be too old or something).

I’m removing businesses and individuals that have connected for the purpose of soliciting me for services or products, especially those I have zero interest in. I have removed suppliers and members of suppliers I have no experience with. I’ve further removed individuals I do not personally know that have nebulous personal descriptions, like “Savior of mankind from the ravages of poor leadership in times of the blah blah blah” as I find them silly.

In this activity, I may have inadvertently deleted a connection or two that may be disappointed at being removed. For this I apologize, I can assure you that there is nothing personal going on here, and hope you will reach out and let me know by either requesting a connection again, or by email explaining what a jerk I was for removing you. Accidents happen. When you are grinding through a list of thousands of names to get down to a few hundred, there is going to be a few unintended casualties.

If you read this and think it is an opportunity to get into my new, leaner, meaner, more relevant connections list… think again. I will be using the “ignore” option with far greater diligence than ever before.

Opportunities for 3D Printing in Bespoke Lighting – Lightfair Presentation Sneak Preview

If you are attending Lightfair this year, and are interested in the use of 3D Printing in deploying custom and special lighting ideas, I hope you will have to time to attend my presentation:

Opportunities for Bespoke Lighting Using 3D Print Technology:
Session L22T14
June 22, 5:00PM to 6:00P

Course Description: 3D printing is poised to re-invigorate the inclusion of bespoke lighting solutions beyond conventional manufacturing. From the creation of a one-off feature art object, to printing optics to produce taylored light distributions, 3D printing eliminates the roadblocks of tooling costs and wait times, to go directly from concept to end product. Further, designers already adept at 3D modeling, can directly participate in the design of a finished product, with fewer interpretive steps by others. 3D printing can deliver components, or complete finished works, in a myriad of materials. The revolution is coming, and it is going to be amazing!

Learning Objectives:

Differentiate between the numerous 3D print processes available, and where they are used.

Determine if a design requirement is a good fit for digital production.

Understand how one might participate in creating the models used to create 3D printed objects and products.

Be familiar with the costs, and process times involved in utilizing 3D printing in achieving a desired result.

Background

I am a practical individual who has been making 3D Print based lighting products, prototypes, models, conceptual presentations, custom lighting, lighted art objects, test models, fixturing, moulds, and specialty technical products – since 2010. In that 12 years, I have completed over 1,400 3D print production projects, comprising more than 5,500 finished parts. My 52 in 52 project (found on this blog) was the very earliest stage of this effort, for those familiar with that work in 2010 – which started as an exploration of LED technology, then morphed into a series with dual purposes of exploring 3D printed objects that employed various solid-state lighting components. My first printer was a Stratasys Dimension bst1200es commercial printer, as well as an SLA printer from Form Labs, and smaller desktop printers by Makerbot and other desktop machines.

Spoiler Alert: I am not a big fan of the open source, low cost desktop printers that have flooded the market. I have found them too unreliable, require too much fussy experimentation to make work, while delivering part quality too low to be of use to me in serving my interests and customer’s needs.

I now employ a Stratasys F370 commercial/industrial printer for my current work – most of which is represented elsewhere on this blog and on my web site.

I do not come to 3D printing from the position of marketing equipment, or theoretical postulation of what might be one day, or promoting how 3D Printing will revolutionize the universe based on theoretical projections of the potential of the technology to… blah, blah, blah… I come from the position of designing, printing, assembling, finishing, and deploying 3D printed models and works virtually every day over the last 12 years for a wide range of customers within and outside the lighting markets, including individuals, manufacturers and designers. So, you can expect the presentation to be founded on a practical, ready to apply and realize-it-now perspective.

What I Have Prepared

In my presentation I will present a review of the range of 3D print processes and materials, their relative costs compared to conventional processes, and how they might fit into the pursuit of custom lighting product realization.

I will present an overview of the data flow from idea to printer, and what software is used, as well as how designers might be directly involved, and how manufacturers and other partners might employ 3D printing to move a concept from flat paper to an in-hand sample or finished part.

I will have physical models created to demonstrate how designers might benefit from having a 3D printer, either in house, or through a relationship with a 3D Print Farm or Model maker. Based on a single light engine example (using and OLED from OLEDWorks), I will present several examples of snap on parts created to change the character of that light engine, in light character, appearance, and finished realized object. This will demonstrate how having 3D models in hand open doors for testing, experimentation, and presentation to customers in ways that 2D forms and presentation methods simply cannot produce. The models are all 100% 3D printed, of course.

My Proposal

I propose that while using 3D printing in production level manufacturing is some ways off, there is a growing potential for customization, specialty product development, and custom product process improvement that is available now. I also propose that in the near future, there will be opportunities for lighting designers and independent product designers to create custom lighting products to suit low volume demands, that is exciting, and filled with potential to solve problems that mass manufactured, tooled products simply are not suited to satisfy.

It is my intent to convey this perspective in a way that excites those who attend to consider the opportunities in serving their customers.

I Hope to See You in Vegas!

I hope you will attend, and take a moment to talk after the presentation. If you have any questions prior to the show (or afterward,) reach out through email. I look forward to the interaction!

Cheers!


Calling on All Lighting Companies Offering 3D Printed Lighting Products

In the process of completing my presentation on Opportunities for Bespoke Lighting Using 3D Printing Technology at Lightfair 2022, I would like to include mention and full credit to anyone using 3D print technology to provide customers either custom or customized luminaires.

I am asking for a simple, brief description of what product is on offer, and what technology is being used (3D Print approach, such as FDM, SLA, etc..). I would like to have images of at least 3 examples, as well as a short description of how customers or specifiers avail themselves of these products. If you have any suggestions or additional comments on this topic, I am all ears, send them to me and I will make sure to include them in course development.

Full credit for all content used will be included. I will also provide a preview of the content received for verification and approval prior to the show.

If you are in research, or 3D Print process development, including offering of 3D print services, or 3D Print equipment and technology that might be used to make lighting products, please feel free to offer your input as well.

Please reach out to me by email at: kwillmorth@lumenique.com.

Thanks to everyone who is already providing content. I believe this is going to be a fun and informative presentation.

See everyone in June!

2022 – Presentations and Exhibits Confirmed So Far

As of this month, I have been selected by the following venues to present in upcoming events.

The Other Art Fair by SAATCHI ART – April 21-24

This is a fine arts exhibition featuring selected artists from around the world, that is being held in the Fulton Center in Chicago on April 21-24. See The Other Art Fair for more details. I will be exhibiting a range of lighted architectural objects, as well as a few unlighted works being completed specifically for this show.

Lightfair 2022 – Wednesday June 22 – 5:00-6:00PM

I will be presenting Opportunities for Bespoke Lighting Using 3D Print Technology  exploring where and how 3D printing fits into realizing custom and special lighting product needs, and where it is headed with emerging new technologies.

You can review more details on this presentation on the Lightfair Conference information page under the technologies sub heading. Course number L22T14.

I am preparing and collecting physical samples of various production methods and materials to include in the presentation.

More to Come

I am in the process of securing other opportunities to exhibit and present, as well as pulling together a few videos during the year on methods of using new technologies in the design and final production process.

I am hopeful that 2022 will be a break out year from the restrictions and lock downs that have damped efforts to get out and interact with people live.

Hope to see you soon!

Web Site Updates and New Works

Just a quick note. The Lumenique Web site has been updated for a cleaner appearance and a couple of new pieces added.

The Origins Series – inspired by past works when the structure and light sources were exposed.
Raygun 2 battery powered light

I also updated the gallery section to show prior works now available from my personal inventory.

Please let me know if I can be of service. Always open to commissions and special requests.

Lumenique Site

The Village Inspired by Santa Fe and a Drive in the Spanish Countryside

To me, New Mexico architecture is personified by the pueblo and Santa Fe style. I am also attracted to spanish country villages, with their all white exteriors, and collection of forms clustered with minimal formal organization.

Spanish Country Village

On a trip to Spain, we rented a sports car to drive the roads that wind through the hills of the countryside. On this tour, I was stuck by the cleanliness and simplicity of the dozens of small white villages settled into the hill sides and valleys.

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Why I Blew Off Lightfair 2021

I won’t bother with Lightfair 2021 for several reasons. With only 233 exhibitors, it is smaller than LEDucation will be in the spring (usually tops 275 exhibitors). To put this in perspective, this is less than 1/3 a typical LF show of the past, covering less than 1/4 of the floor space. This will make it the smallest version of this show since 1983, when it was called LightWorld.

Looking at the exhibitor list exposes it for what it is. A bit of an over-marketed regional show for an odd collection of exhibitors – at best. This is not a national caliber showcase of the industry.

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