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

Necklace

Today, Schoone lights is selling some light systems, but to break even or to earn money we have to sell more. So we are looking for shops and galleries, which want to be part of the Schoone Lights Experience.

To reach more people we also created a Schoone Lights Instagram account @schoone_lights. The idea is to use this account in the near future to sell our lamps online.

Meanwhile Kees is always looking for new experiments in 3D printing. Some time ago he was inspired by the necklaces of Brexit MP Theresa May. So, he designed & print a big beads necklace and because he will not use support in his prints, it took a while to discover a way to print the beads.

The necklace has 18 beads. To print them without support, they were designed and printed in halves. The halves were glued together. There are three different beads due to the fact Kees used the Slic3r ‘load parts’ feature to print three ‘infill only’ configurations in on print job.

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

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’

more about Schoone Lights https://www.instagram.com/prdcz
https://www.facebook.com/schoonelights
https://www.ceipps.nl/schoone-lights
http://schoonelights.com

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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

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

Lotus

3D printing allows you to design and manufacture your own lighting: create your own atmosphere by saving money and energy. An example: yesterday at noon opqrstu3D wanted to have a light based on a Lotus Flower. I opened SketchUp, started thinking and drawing …. Two hours later I was satisfied and decided to print the first prototype …. 2h:56m:28s later the robot finished it’s print job in red 3D4makers PET-G:

Lotus © opqrstu 2017

So, there was an idea and five hours later there is a product: 3Dprinting rules. Combined with other materialised ideas, this is what’s happening in the opqrstu studio today:

Lighting © opqrstu 2017

GARY: 3D printed 12 Volt Light

Opqrstu3D cooperates with Gerard Schoone to design, print and assemble new possibilities in 12 Volt light systems. Gerard is a very creative pioneer in 12 Volt. When he has an idea, he sends me a sketch and I work it out in SketchUp. A year ago, he wanted
a cone shaped shade. I designed and printed it, but there was a small problem: it’s a seven hours (infill only) print job and Gerard needed at least five cones.
Opqrstu3D printed a prototype, but has not enough spare time to do the complete job.

Two weeks ago, we finally found someone who could: Jasper Wille from 3D4makers.
He prints with an Ultimaker and can mount a big nozzle to reduce print time. Last week, Jasper printed 10 cones (print time pro cone 3 hours) and finally Gerard could build his light. It is a simple but great design. One cone builds many different lights. Meet Gary:

Gary © Gerard Schoone 2017 (height 100 cm)