THRILL

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

what’s up?

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.

Good news: our top model ‘Paternoster’ is now also available at UMBRIA ART & ANTIQUES

‘Paternoster’ at ‘Umbria’

And there’s more: ‘Schoone Lights’ is also participating in CBKamer, where art and design talents present and sell their work. We show and sell three Schoone lights: ‘Paternoster’, ‘Geo’ and ‘Toorts’.

‘Schoone Lights’ at ‘CBKamer’

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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.

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

DoubleThrill

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:

DoubleThrill © opqrstu 2017

unexpected 3D print

Opqrstu3D designs models for our printer and models for our Shapeways shop. Mostly, Shapeways models are too complicated to print without support on the opqrstu3D printer. I always print without support, because I don’t like the works that come after removing the support, like cleaning and sanding.

Anyway, this week I was cleaning up the Shapeways shop (removing unpopular models) and saw a light, I designed at least four years ago. I deleted it with pain in my heart. Yesterday, it was Friday. Time to check out weird things. This week’s weird thing was to check out how Leapfrog Creatr would handle the deleted Shapeways model. The first three trails failed, but at minimum speed (10 mm/sec) the robot did an amazing job and produced an unbelievable an completely unexpected 3D print:

iLED Amsterdam © opqrstu 2017

The robot printed these things (without support) upside down. The printing of the first 30 layers was very tricky. These layers are far from perfect, everything moved when a new layer was added. The design is simply to steep to print. When the angle became less steep, the printing stabilised and without problems Leapfrog Creatr 2013 completed it’s most complicated print job ever. Layer height: 0.3 mm.
Lesson: try the impossible and you will become a wiser man. Another opqrstu3D print experience.

FlowerLight4

Another day, another light. From the moment opqrstu3D discovered ‘Infill Only’ 3Dprinting the possibilities are endless. Especially in light design. The grainy, silky, organic, lace-like structures, the robot prints when I program it to print infill only, are matching wonderful with 12 volt LED light bulbs. As said, the possibilities are endless, but how do they look? Nobody did it before so every new design is an adventure. Luckily, there are more adventurous printers out there. Guys like Sandro Glasius and Sjaak van der Vooren also started to explore this new 3D print style. (check their experiments at Instagram)

Today I used the Lotus experiment to design a wonderful new Flower light:

FlowerLight4 © opqrstu 2017

Another un3Dprinted product at the opqrstu3D print experience: ‘Infill Only’ rules.