Gettin’ there

Last week, Kees calibrated and tested his self-repaired Leapfrog and the robot is printing as if nothing happened.

A month ago Kees was interviewed by Bob Timroff of the Dutch tech magazine MACHINA. As an illustration with the interview Bob wanted a Steve Jobs-like picture of Kees and his Leapfrog. This could not happen because it looked like the printer was completely finished. Now it is printing great stuff again!

Bob did not need the Jobs-like picture to write a great story about the Kees Kamper 3D print adventures. It’s published in MACHINA and out now. So if you are interested in the stuff we publish: buy MACHINA 8: Bob tells the ‘infill only’ story better than we do.

An update about ‘Paternoster’. We try to sell this light system in light/interior shops, but until now they are not interested. A pity for them, but no problem for Schoone Lights because art galleries love ‘infill only’ lights. ‘Paternoster’ was already for sale at Umbria

Now you can also buy it at Oode, Singel 159A Amsterdam


And … at Alosery Art & Design Almere, you can even buy several editions of the ‘Paternoster’ light system.

Keep on truckin’

Yes, my Leapfrog Creatr 2013 is printing again.

As mentioned in my previous post, my good old printer lost control over it’s X-movements: no movement, only a very ugly, grinding noise. I did some research but could not find a software problem. To check if it was a broken motherboard, I changed the X and Y wires. The problem did not switch to the Y-axis. Conclusion: this is probably an X-motor issue.
I contacted Leapfrog and asked if they still had a spare motor available. They had one in stock and shipped it to me, without any costs. I was very happy, but not for long. The new motor did not solve the problem: still a grinding noise and no X-movement.

There were two causes left.
1: the end-stop failed or 2: the cable between the motherboard and end-stop and/or the X-motor was broken.
I contacted Leapfrog again, explained the problem and asked for spare parts. It took some time but yesterday a new end-stop and some cables arrived. Again without any costs…

Leapfrog repair kit

First I mounted the new end-stop: the problem remained. Next, I replaced the X-axis cables and suddenly my Leapfrog Creatr was back in business and I was the happiest 3D printer of the universe.

Today, I tested the printer on a ‘one perimeter spiral vase’ and an ‘infill only’ bracelet. The print quality was 100%. My Creatr back on track and I feel great, because I was able to repair it all by myself. And many thanks to Leapfrog for the spare parts. I feared my Creatr died after 5 years of intense printing, but now it is ready to start it’s 6th year as a young god in an unexpected future.

‘one perimeter’ – ‘infill only’ bracelet

Buy Schoone Lights

Schoone Lights had a wonderful time at Rotterdam Design District. In fact we were surprised by the amount of positive attention our product received. Many visitors liked what they saw, but were curious about what they were looking at. Understandable, because when you see ‘infill only’ 3D prints for the first time,  you might think: is it a kind of fabric or is it perhaps glass?
Regular 3D prints have a plastic look and feel, ‘infill only’ products are mysterious.

Some months later, at ‘MEESTERLIJK’, a 3 day event the Westergasfabriek Amsterdam (where professionals from traditional craft such as silversmiths and woodworkers together with designers and manufacturers of handmade design expose their products) we had the same experience. Many people took a closer look at our ‘infill only’ shades, but did not dare to touch them. When we told them, they could, most people were surprised. They expected very fragile material, but they experienced a strong and stiff lamp shade: nice surprise.

Important notion: Schoone Lights are environment friendly: our 3D printed parts are made of fully recyclable PET. They are printed in Haarlem and only when we need them, so no stock and almost no transport. The lights are 12 volt /1.5 Watt LED systems, which means Schoone Lights use less energy than average lights. 

Meanwhile Gerard designed some strictly metal lights. This one is called GeO:

Schoone Lights is ready to sell it’s products. For information about pricing: contact our agent Bas Meijer of ceipps.nl   Phone +31 35 6720711 or mail info@ceipps.nl
You can also contact Gerard: info@schoonelights.com for a visit at his studio.

Currently, we are exposing some Schoone lights at the Go Gallery and Galerie De Hooffzaak in Amsterdam.

This is a picture of the exposition at Galerie Hooffzaak. Schoone Lights (at the right) is a guest at the yearly light party of  Gert Merlijn (in the middle).

You can also visit our new website schoonelighs.com

Old idea, new light

In our last post we used 3D printing to create a new part to build a better version of an almost forgotten chandelier.
Gerard modified the steel rods and in this post we use the same central part to present a fully 3D printed chandelier: TRAPEZE 02

TRAPEZE 02 ©Schoone Lights 2018

The same light shades we used in our standing lights, are now building a hanging light. One can also put this light system upside down and it becomes a standing light!

Trapeze 02 is rather big, how about a smaller version?
After some adaptations of the central 3D printed part we prototyped TRAPEZE 03. To complete the Schoone Lights collection 2018 we also needed a wall light. New modifications of the central part gave birth to WALL ONE.

TRAPEZE 03 and WALL ONE ©Schoone Lights 2018

It’s amazing to see how 3D design and printing allows you to check out (prototype) your ideas in a very short time. Some years ago you needed a expensive molding service to build your prototypes. Today some 3D modelling and 3D printing do this trick faster and cheaper.

LED there be LIGHT

In this blog I write about my experiences in 3D design and printing. Four years ago, I got my Leapfrog Creatr and it is still printing without major problems. I am an experienced 3D printer now. This blog existed to inform people about the problems I encountered in Leapfrog 3D printing and how to solve them.

Today, I design/print daily and show the results at my Instagram account. Most problems are solved, so there’s almost no need to write about opqrstu3D print experiences anymore. BUT, there’s one small problem left: how can I earn a living with 3D printing? When I started 3D printing, the future was bright; or in the near future every household will have a 3D printer en 3D printing will rule the world. Today we know better: 3D printing is too complex to go mainstream. It’s slow and therefore too expensive for the production of ‘thingies’. Almost nobody uses 3D printing at home and in the near future this will not change.

But, nothing is impossible and this year I will try to earn a small living on building and selling 3D printed light systems. Some years ago, I met Gerard Schoone, a pioneer in 12 Volt light design. Meanwhile I invented ‘infill only’ 3D printing and today we are ready to present some revolutionary 12 volt light systems. As mentioned before, 3D printing is too slow for production, so we need more than one printer to speed up the process. Fortunately, 3D printers are getting cheaper day by day. So, in 2018 we’ll be using several printers to produce our light systems. Here’s a prototype of one of our first products. The light shades can be moved up and down. Our printers used 220 hours to print this model.

PATERNOSTER © Gerard Schoone 2018

Stay tuned for more …

3D printing: un3Dprinted

Four years ago, I knew nothing about 3D printing. In my spare time I did some 3D drawing in SketchUp, mainly Amsterdam canal houses. I liked it to build 3D models of canal houses on Google Earth. It was not easy but I learned a lot about 3D by just doing it. Opqrstu3D knew 3D printers existed, but was not interested: too expensive and I had really no idea what to do with this machines.

Today, I am almost four years addicted to 3D printing. Life is never what you think it will be! On the Dutch Design Week 2013 there was a challenge: 3D-draw a light that can be 3D printed. I like challenges, had noting to loose, checked the internet for tutorials and started drawing. My light was one of the few printable models. Five lights were exposed at the DDW2013 and mine won the Dutch3Design Award 2013. With the award came a Leapfrog 3D printer. I was amazed and even more amazed when the machine arrived: it looked very cool, but I had no idea about how this robot would fit in my life. I never 3D printed before and knew noting about this machine and how to operate it.

It took about nine months before I controlled my Leapfrog; it was blood, sweat and even tears, but also very rewarding. Printing a photo at home, is nice, but 3D printing your own product and holding it in your hands is very special. And after every print, there’s always the question: “What shall I design and print next?” 3D printing became a life changer,  a 24/7 addiction

During the first two years, I designed and printed the usual stuff: cups and cups and vases and different vases. Very boring and certainly not a life changer. But life is never what you expect it will be, and one day my 3D printer went totally out of control and printed crap only. I tried and tried, but could not control the robot anymore, it printed crap vases and crap cups. No smooth perimeters, just bubbly surfaces. I tried changing all kind of settings  without results, I was very frustrated. Leapfrog Creatr weights 35 kilo, so I could not throw it out of my window, instead I told (Slic3r) the machine to print zero perimeters or infill only. A very stupid decision, but not that stupid after all. It was my first infill only 3D print and the moment an addiction started and my life changed. Infill only 3D printing creates an unique un3Dprinted look and feel and the possibilities are endless.

Today, I print incredible light shades and unseen jewelry. In regular 3D printing you want real smooth surfaces, in infill only 3D printing, you fiddle with patterns and densities to create unexpected products. The same model can and will appear in many different looks and feels. The possibilities are endless, the ‘torture’ never stops and I like it.
Four years ago, I was just a normal guy. Today, I am a designer and manufacturer of light systems and jewelry

Enjoy this pictures as an illustration of my experience in 3D printing. Wanna see more? Visit my Instagram account: @prdcz

Slic3r

Almost four years ago, I started my 3D print career on a Leapfrog Creatr. Nobody beliefs me when I tell this machine is still producing great prints. Last week, the first structural problem arrived: the fans became noisy and after some time stopped turning. A little push made them run again, but still very noisy and after some time they stopped again. I mailed Leapfrog and they will sent me new fans. After almost four years of daily use, the fans are finished: seems normal to opqrstu3D, as long as this robot still prints cool stuff.

So, for the moment no printing and some time left to publish a new post. This time about Slic3r. Opqrstu3D uses this slicer because it came with the printer. It’s free software with many options and it’s great. I am an experienced user, but the possibilities are almost endless. By changing Slic3r settings a 3D printer can produce dramatic changes in it’s endproduct. It started with my invention of ‘infill only’, resulting in ‘un3Dprinted’ lights.

thrill © opqrstu3D 2016

Next, I learned about modifying meshes, or using several infill patterns in one layer, a vey graphic kind of 3D printing. You can use different patterns in different densities to create unexpected (un3Dprinted) prints. I used this technique to create a 3D printed Picasso:

Abstract Painting 26, 3D printed by opqrstu 2017

To get this, Slic3r needs to know which part of your drawing gets which pattern and density. You transport this information to Slic3r by using multiple STL’s. If you want five different patterns in your print, you have to feed Slic3r at least six STL’s. To get these STL’s you have to do six drawings. It is a complicated and time consuming method, BUT great results. If you want to know more, follow this link: www.3ders.org

‘Modifying meshes’ works in horizontal direction. This is an awesome tool to create 3D printed graphics, but for my lights, I need to modify patterns in vertical direction.

Slic3r is a great tool, but comes with minimal information about it’s possibilities. I knew there must be a way to change patterns vertically. It took some time to get it right. It is almost like ‘modifying meshes’. Here, you use the STL’s as a part, instead as a modifier. Confusing maybe, but that’s the way it is. I cannot present a link to check this out, because there isn’t. The do this at home, you have to try and fail, try and fail and try.

Modifying infill patterns vertically ©opqrstu 2017