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The Lighting Research Center (LRC) of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, has formed a consortium to explore the potential of 3D printing for solid-state lighting, building, and construction industries. Established with the help of venture capital and private equity company CARBON Group Global, the 3D Printing for Lighting Discovery Consortium features the participation of a number of key 3D printing stakeholders. Following the group’s first meeting in February this year, it is now planning to develop a roadmap that will help integrate additive manufacturing within its areas of interest.
Nadarajah Narendran, LRC Director of Research and consortium lead, states, “We are thrilled to host such a pioneering effort with industry leaders who have a shared vision of adopting 3D printing in the lighting and construction industries.”
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Hugo da Silva, VP of Additive Manufacturing at LRC partner DSM, adds, “We are excited that the lighting industry is taking a proactive approach to integrate 3D printing into their operations.”
“I AM EXTREMELY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES ENABLED BY 3D PRINTING, SPECIFICALLY FOR THE VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS IN THE LIGHTING VALUE CHAIN.”
Printing - Building - Construction - Sector - Years
While 3D printing for building and construction has become a rather popular sector in recent years, lighting has remained a relatively niche area of application. On a desktop level 3D printed lithopanes have of course been around for years, but in a commercial, or more sustainable end-use setting, lighting is typically reserved to a few, artful one-offs.
In 2018, Philadelphia-based design studio and 3D printer developer Budmen Industries held the All of the Lights installation of 100 3D printed lampshades. Prior to that the industry saw Thyra Hilden and Pio Diaz’s Forms in Nature illusion shade. Most recently, MIT Self-Assembly Lab’s Rapid Liquid Printing technique has been used in some unusual lighting projects, including a display for Design Miami and a recent exhibition at Patrick Parrish Gallery,...
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