Punched Lamps

By on January 29th, 2009 in blog


Sometimes when we visit the furniture store it gets frustrating, items are too expensive or they don’t have precisely what you want. We’ve seen a bit of this before, but now emerges a new approach to furniture making: punch out the design yourself, literally!

Fluid Forms now offers personally designed 3D prints of lampshades. The magic is how you perform the design. Incredibly, you don some boxing gloves equipped with embedded sensors. Then via a not-quite-consumer-level hookup, your punches are applied to a virtual cylinder (the would-be lampshade) in real time! After an appropriate set of presumably artistic punches, you’ve got your design. Press the print button and pay USD$1,500 and you got yourself a lampshade.

Cool, but try explaining that one to your Mom.

Via The Future of Things

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!


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  2. These are exciting times for enabling anyone to realise their creativity and like FluidForms we at Anarkik3D are also addressing the 2nd hurdle to more easily visualise an idea into a 3D form that can be 3D printed. (See Fabbaloo article posted: 19 Jan 2009 10:04 and website http://www.anarkikangels.co.uk/VideoGallery.aspx?v=cre8_demo). By providing ease-of-use at each stage everyone can design and then communicate this to a 3D printer. For us, the very physical sensations that the use of virtual touch (force feedback to feel the hardness) gives back to us some of the satisfaction that exists in the real world when we make something.

    Andreas, I agree with most that Stephen says in his essay and I especially want to emphasise that we have become CONSUMERS where low price and ‘fashion’, not quality, are defining attitudes. There are still craftsmen designing and making beautiful things, turning their customers ideas into reality, its just that most of us are not prepared to pay its value. If we are able to also do this making ourselves we would appreciate the value that is added by a designer/craftsman. (I come from a designer/jeweller/maker background.)

    In Neil Stephenson’s book ‘Diamond Age’ there is mention of a ‘replicator’ that is easily accessed by all to produce what they need now and recycled back into the elements for re-use when no longer needed.

  3. If anybody wants to learn more about Cassius, the punched lamp, I invite you to visit http://fluidforms.eu/projects/cassius/

    Stephen (CTO at Fluid Forms), has conducted a nice and short essay about the idea behind Cassius, the problems the industry is facing with generative production at the moment and the influence of “The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” on digital fabrication.

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