“Dazzle Lamp is part of a series of design experiments in the intersection of creative coding and digital fabrication. Digital fabrication and creative coding impact design on many levels: formal and material qualities, customisation, sharing and distribution of both design ideas and production. These experiments question the agency of both ‘file’ and ‘factory’ within the ‘file-to-factory’ paradigm Computational and material processes are more then means to an end, but serve as inspirations fo the design and are allowed to leave traces in the final result.
The dazzle lamp prototypes look at the potential of 3D colour printing to embed different states within an object. The prototypes are printed using zcorp colour printer, that prints using a coloured binder and gypsum like powder. The colours are applied on the inside of the lamps and only emerge when the they are lit from the inside. Colours are sampled from an image and applied to the inside of a low-polygon mesh. Although this colour data send to the machine is two dimensional – either a texture or one colour per face or vertex – through the material process of fabrication it bleeds into the material and becomes three dimensional.
A custom application was developed to design the lamps, giving control over overall shape, degree of deformation and colour. The application was developed in processing building upon several libraries – he_mesh, toxiclibs, controp5, peasycam. The application and fabrication technology allow each lamp to be unique and designed by anybody, although aesthetically and formally they clearly belong to the same family. For the moment the application only runs on desktop systems, but a web and mobile version will be developed.
The irregular triangulated shape is derived form the mesh – still a necessary file format for 3D printing – it looks similar but different depending on the angle you look at the lamp. The volume of the lamps is deformed in such a way that the centre of gravity falls below a triangular opening used to house the fitting and led. For each lamp two custom fitting are printed so the lamp can be used as pendant or standing lamp. The pendant fitting is inserted into the triangular hole and twisted to hold the lamp.
The prototypes where shown at the art section of the 3D Print Show, London 2013.” introspector.be