Meet THRILL. The newest light in the Schoone Lights collection. The shape of the shades was designed by Kees Kamper. He used mathematics to create a shade that looks like as if it’s lingering around the chassis of the lamp. But, as can be seen in the second image from the right, this is an optical illusion.
The shades of THRILL are printed according the ‘infill only’ method. It’s base is made of recycled plastic. The 12 Volt LED light system implies: this is an energy save product. Available at Alosery Art & Design € 595
Not available yet, just a sneak preview: BABY THRILL
Bad news: after five years of very intensive usage my leapfrog Dual Creatr is seriously in trouble. Suddenly it lost complete control over it’s x-movements. It does not recognise x=o, produces aggressive sounds and goes anywhere but the right x coordinates. I did some research and think the motor which drives the x-axis is broken. But I am not sure. The question is should I invest in a five year old 3D printer? What if there are additional problems and what’s the future of an overaged Leapfrog? Conclusion to much uncertainty, so I will not invest in my senior Leapfrog.
I owe a lot to this machine: it changed my life! But it is time for something new. My Leapfrog is from 2013, which means it’s unbelievable old and nowadays there are much better 3D printers available. But it’s difficult to say goodbye, so, I give my printer one last chance by asking Leapfrog if there’s still a suited motor in stock and given the uncertainty about the status of my Creatr; do they want to sent me one for free? They did not answer this question yet.
As I said, this 3D printer changed my life. I never thought: “one day I will be selling light systems in art galleries”, but I do. Together with Gerard Schoone we are ‘Schoone Lights’ and this brand-new company is a very promising startup. In the previous post, I mentioned that some of our lights are exposed and for sale at Gallery De Hooffzaak. They still are until the 27th of January.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact Gerard: email@example.com for a visit at his studio.
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
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.
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.
The aim of this blog was to inform you about solving problems in 3D design, slicing and printing. I am still doing these things, but there’s little left to post: almost all problems have been solved by now.
I am an experienced 3D designer/slicer/printer. This blog was known as ‘The opqrstu3D experience’. At the moment, my main goal is to market and sell ‘The Gerard Schoone Light Collection’ and that’s why this blog continues as ‘Schoone Lights’ (design and 3D print adventures of Gerard Schoone and Kees Kamper).
In the passed two years we designed and improved our products. Today we proudly present: PATER NOSTER, a revolutionary 3D printed ‘infill only’ light collection. The PATER NOSTER system is designed by Gerard. He also designed the basic shape of the 3D printed light shades. Kees (opqrstu3D) invented ‘infill only’ 3D printing, created the 3D models, did the slicing and 3D-print-prototyping. Jasper Wille of 3D4makers is responsible for the 3D printing of our final products in 3D4makers PET-G.
All light shades are printed on ‘infill only’ settings. This unique way of 3D printing creates wonderful structures and interacts perfectly with LED light. We started building different shapes. Today, it’s possible to 3D print your logo on a basic light shade. We are able to design almost any logo by creating differences in print density. Recently we added the possibility to create logos in a different color.
My next step in ‘infill only’ logo printing is using color instead of density to accentuate a logo. My Leapfrog Creatr is dual headed so it would be logical to start with color, but my machine is not capable of dual printing this kind of detailed color changes. It will print two colours in one print job, but there’s too much ‘bleeding’.
My printer is from 2013. Last year Leapfrog launched a new milestone in 3D printing: BOLT. Some weeks ago I asked Leapfrog if opqrstu3D could test a BOLT on an ‘infill only’ print job. Two weeks ago I got an invitation and last Friday was my first BOLT-day. I do unbelievable things with my Creatr, but BOLT is a completely different machine. There are loads of new features Creatr can only dream of. Check it’s specs at the Leapfrog website. For this two color logo print job, the most important difference between Creatr and BOLT are the independent extruders. These allow much more accuracy in dual color printing.
One small problem was the slicing. I use Slic3r, at LPFRG they use Simplify3D. With the help of LPFRG whizzkid Joeri we fitted two STL’s in one BOLT Gcode and the machine started it’s first ‘infill only’ two-color-logo print job. Opqrstu3D challenged BOLT to do something it had not done before and I did not now what to expect.
The outcome was far beyond my expectations. BOLT did an unbelievable job on a daring challenge. This is the coolest ‘infill only’ 3D print ever. It’s a first try, when we fine-tune the settings it will even look better.
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
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.
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:
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.
This weekend opqrstu3D designed & printed ‘DoubleThrill’… It looks very UN3DPRINTED. I am doing experiments in ‘infill only’ 3dprinting for two years and this is the print that says it all: ‘DoubleThrill’ really looks like it’s made of lace-like fabric. It’s not as thin as lace, but 0.9 mm comes close. It was a five and a half hour print job and took 12 meters white 3D4makers PETg. It’s printed at 0.3 mm layer height, 600 layers high. Bed Temp: 65 ºC, Extrusion Temp: 230 ºC. It’s almost unbelievable: infill printed at 0.9 mm thickness.
Only by going extreme opqrstu3D arrived at this point and created an awesome light:
Many times people asked me if I can do multi-coloured 3D prints. I tell them it’s possible, but I will not do this. My robot has two print heads, so it can do two colours in one print, but the print quality does not meet the opqrstu3D standard.
Last week I had some spare time and used it to think about a way to print multi-coloured thingies. It took some time, but in fact the solution is very easy: design a model in parts and print the parts in different colours. To construct a light of fourteen 3D printed parts opqrstu3D used a primitive Japanese wood joining method:
Strong and stable fit, no screws or glue needed (even when printed on Infill Only settings). Each part can be printed in a different colour, but on this project opqrstu3D used a basic colour scheme: blue, yellow and red to create a Rietveld (Dutch designer) Light.
If you wanna see it moving around, manipulate this: