Crystals have very organized atoms and molecules and that is what gives them their well known strength, After Learning about them I embarked on a search for naturally occurring structures that are highly organized but at the same time hidden from the naked eye.
This lamp was inspired by the internal structure of a Mexican cactus called '' Cylindropuntia fulgida, the jumping cholla''.
With my design I wanted to elevate the bone-like structure of this native plant to look almost like a jewel emphasizing the resilience and strength that comes from the arrangement of the cells in its trunk.
One of the challenges with this design was to create a complex and organic shape that could be 3D printed in sections that would later stack on top of each other. I intend this design to use 3D printing as a method of production and not just as a prototyping method, I believe that 3D printing technologies are now blurring the lines between high volume production and highly customizable products; For this project I wanted to explore what was possible with as little parts as possible and maximum visual effect.
Hardware- 3D printed ABS- (injection moulded parts for production)
Internal light tube- Clear Acrylic and Extruded Aluminum square tube.
External shell- The final intended material is 3D printed brass plated in copper, bronze or gold.
The prototype is made from ABS plastic and chrome paint.
Light source- Warm LED strip 12V and 3A power supply.