• Electrical India
  • Apr 5, 2015

The scope of 3d printing lighting

According to Bloomberg report 3d printing business for both service and product will reach up to $ 8,000 millions in revenue by the year 2020 on world wide basis. With the latest desk top 3 d printer of less than $3500 , one can easily uses the technology help to design and to manufacture a lamp.

-Shiu - Kay Kan 


According to Bloomberg report 3d printing business for both service and product will reach up to $ 8,000 millions in revenue by the year 2020 on world wide basis. With the latest desk top 3 d printer of less than $3500 , one can easily uses the technology help to design and to manufacture a lamp.The method is simple, using 3d printing , we can make a lighting development model of printing components , interface parts, housing, decorative enclosure , coloring and testing temperature of led.Now, high yield smd led, because of relatively low heat output, we can use the plastic base material for well designed lampshades, housing and parts without worry about heat dissipation.

A customer came in to our newly installed light HUB in london, he wants to give his young son, a light which is fun to look at he can use to read, and use as a night light to help to sleep. it is hard to find this kind of lamp. Skk has developed files based on images of imagination, comics, cartoons, or sole creativity to develop lamps that fits the bill. It is a dinosaur head object, with a gooseneck that can be adjusted in every position, a retro 4.2 watts 12v led lamp that gives 300 lumens to read, and dimmed it down to 50 lumens to sleep without fear of darkness.


Recently jewelry brand FAEERGE has asked skk to develop a lamp for precious stone inspection for a prestigious show in Harrods London and in New York. Skk has used the 3dp to make a working prototype to show to the sales executive to inspect with. And after constructive comments, skk has developed a twin color (2900 and 4500 K) narrow spot lamp for the job. The final lamp is made of brass and finished in antique bronze to go with the style of Faberge.

The twin color led lamp can be adjusted it intensities individually and together to give a color way that responses much with the actual stones and its metal surroundings; i.e. the warm color reflects well with gold, and day light white enhances the diamonds and even pink diamonds. Nevertheless, skk approach lighting design with 3dp is very different from others. What is in the market now is kind of large expensive shades with lot of complexities is shapes and texture and mainly for suspension purposes. Skk 3dp lighting is about, a design philosophy, a style evolved with customers, not solely the designers, it is not design for design sake, it has to make a statement too on contemporary time frame , it has to tell the history of technology, the theory behind it and serving a very useful task for modern societies without destroying employment. Skk uses the technology to help to finalize a good product.

With the social network internet world, the magic part of 3dp industries is that, medium scale mass production of either components or final product can be gradually done with the help of networking. Apart from that there are now 3dp manufacturers springing up in the us and Europe to produce medium size products as a well for that when files are processed, it can be distributed for a network of printers , even consumers all over the world at home or workspace to complete the process unlike traditional manufacturing methods and establishments.


The Author is Founder and MD of SKK Lighting.