Some weeks ago we were asked to design a light with logos to present to Secretary of State Keijzer and prince Constantijn on the opening of the Dutch young tech startups pavilion of the Hannover Messe 2018. We did, and on the first of May the pavilion was opened by secretary of state and the prince. This event was hosted by a young tech company called 3D4makers. They invented a waterless production process of 3Dprint filaments. SCHOONE LIGHTS uses 3D4makers PET-G in it’s prints, with great results.
During the passed two years, Gerard Schoone designed many variations of his smart light systems on 12 Volt (PATER NOSTER). Kees Kamper prototyped the INFILL ONLY parts and together they created the Schoone Light Collection.
On 6, 7 and the 8th of June The Schoone Light Collection is presented at Design District Rotterdam in the Van Nelle Factory. We present several standing lights, a hanging light, a wall light and some table lights. Also present: the impressive “Wall Of Light”.
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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.
The lights I print on my Leapfrog Creatr 2013 look great because of their ‘infill only’ structure. Next step is to design and print special or personalised editions. To do this, I import a logo in SketchUp and ‘draw’ it on the shape of the light shade. I can not go into the details but in sketchUp this is a time consuming enterprise.
To check out the limits of my printer, I starte with a very complicated logo. It took me nine hours to get two STL’s. I processed them in Slic3r and printed this light shade in X% infill and the logo in X-Y% infill.
Amazing print job on one extruder! I had no idea my printer was capable of printing the difference in density so outstanding. Okay, the word AMSTERDAM does not look great, but it was a test to see what’s the smallest font this kind of ‘infill only’ printing can handle. Too get an idea of the scale; this light shade measures 180 times 180 mm.
It takes some time but the product looks great. Let’s try another logo. Here’s the famous Leapfrog frog. Again a lot of drawing, but once drawn and sliced, these models can be printed over and over and over again.
Up, we see the print at daylight, down it is lighted by a 12 volt 3 watt LED. Compared to ’27’ the shade density is lower and the logo density higher. I never use the same settings, because I want to learn how different settings influence 3D printing. I still have to fine-tune ‘infill only’ logo printing, but it’s a new and valuable opqrstu3D experience. It’s wonderful to see how differences in density enable graphic 3D printing. Un3Dprinted. Printed on yellow 3D4makers PET-G.
Today three years ago, a Leapfrog Dual Creatr arrived at the opqrstu studio. It took almost nine months to tame this robot. These were heavy times and if you want to know more about this frustrating experience, get a free download of this story at iTunes. But a tamed 3D printer does not exist without problems like clogged nozzles, jammed fans and Z-axis problems. This robot will never be plug and play. It’s a T-Ford and we are looking for Tesla. Not only the printer is far from perfect, so is the software. Opqrstu3D uses SkectchUp, Repetier and Slic3r. They do their job, but there’s lots of room for improvement.
Anyway, today is a day of joy. Against all odds and beyond expectations, after three years of almost daily productivity, our robot is still doing what it has to do: producing (almost) perfect thingies. In ‘Hat trick’ it starts with three separate shapes which grow together to build one light shell (without problems). A wonderful birthday treat! Next, it printed this new study of a three parts ceiling light. It’s an improvement of FullMoon: two colours and a constant voltage LED driver instead of one colour and a constant current driver.
After three years, the opqrstu3D print experience is alive and kicking, but as a blog it’s a bit finished. We discussed and solved almost all problems a starting 3D printer will encounter, there’s noting more to say. Meanwhile, it’s 2016 and there’s a new kid on the block called Instagram. A great tool to follow the future of the opqrstu3D print experience: @prdcz.