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The target of our project is to finalise a 3D printable lamp shade design that anyone can customise online using a web browser. So far we have made some prototypes but we need to finalise the details of the PicShade design and refine the customisation system. PicShade is a Finnish design product and the production will be done in Finland with the further possibility of the client printing it on their own personal 3D printer!
Versoteq is all about 3D printing. We're a Finnish startup company founded in May 2013. We also have a branch Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. We've been doing our web applications and 3D printing services for over a year now and are thrilled to embark upon our first Kickstarter campaign. We focus on making 3D printing accessible for all. Our software makes generating 3D models easy and fun. You can design the thing you want fast and see the outcome right away in your browser.
Our aim is to utilise the new technology for the things that matter. Not just decorative things but helpful and useful items like 3D printed tactile maps for the visually impaired.
The video above presents the essentials of the customisation process of the PicShade.
We are working on two shade designs. The first one is cylinder shaped and the second conical. The height of the PicShade is 15 cm and the cylindrical shape has a diameter of 15 cm. The conical shape's diameter is 10 cm wide at one end and 20 cm at the other.
The materials used are either polylactic acid (Basic PicShade) or Nylon (High Quality PicShade). Polylactic acid (PLA) is one of the most popular 3D printing materials in the world used in the FDM process. Nylon is also a very popular high performance polymer used in the SLS process. The PicShades from either material are as durable as plastic lamp shades generally are. The main difference between the Basic and High Quality shades are that the High Quality shade is smoother and the image has more detail because of the better resolution of the manufacturing process.
The light bulb base and fitting is E27 which means that standard bulbs can be used as replacements. The Table version of the lamp has a light bulb base of E14. One lamp comes with one shade. Please see the video and check the different contents of the accessories for the hanging and table lamps. The RGB addons can only come with the hanging lamp design. We will ship the lamps with accessories with either UK or European standard plug's depending on your country. For other international backers we've made a pledge option which comes with the PicShade only. You can then purchase the accessories you want seperately. For instance you can use IKEA table lamp bases straight from the shelves.
Finally, we also provide you with the option of customising your PicShade and creating it yourself from the PLY model we will send you. You can use your own 3D printer (we have made our FDM prototypes with Creatr Leapfrog) to make this.
What do you get and when?
If the project succeeds the backers (you) can design a shade using our online generator. These features can be customised:
Lamp shade shape: cone or cylinder (more selections may appear)
User's own image: one image (aspect ratio 1:1.5) / landscape image (aspect ratio 1:3) / two images (aspect ratio per image 1:1.5)
Lamp shade support: A table lamp or a hanging lamp
The final number of customisable features may increase (especially if the project exceeds the target significantly).
With your support we can finalise the design by building more prototypes for testing, and to develop the state-of-the-art image and 3D processing algorithms further to improve the image quality. It takes two months to complete two testing rounds, and we estimate that this is enough for reaching the highest quality that can be manufactured with our equipment or by our subcontractor.
The software is developed by Versoteq's crew but with your help we will be able to hire a summer-trainee or even a more experienced designer who could create more unique shapes and extra features for PicShade.
Petja - CEO
The handy man who does anything from web design to hard core coding.
Rauno - Production and Development
Handles the production and 3D modelling with development and R&D in mind.
Timo - Business Development and Coding Guru
Business development, hard core coding and embedded systems specialist.
Jari - The Man Who Knows 3D Printing. PhD in 3D printing, do we need to say more?
We also have an excellent support network of skilled people and companies related to industrial design, programming and 3D printing.
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Production and delivery
We will send you, as the backers instructions on how to do the actual customisation via our website and begin the production as soon as the design is ready. We aim to deliver all the lamps at the latest by early December 2014. They will be an ideal Christmas present to your loved ones!
The manufacturing times are expected to be:
Digital model: Generated in 3 minutes
FDM shade: 3 days (we 3D print these at our office)
SLS shade: 3 weeks (we use a subcontractor)
During the production of the kickstarter pledges the times may be longer due to the development of the product and the application. After this we will ship the product as a postal package.
The user of the Versoteq customisation application must have the licence to use the images for the PicShade. Versoteq reserves the right to reject offensive or illigal images.
The video and the pictures shown were shot during July in Finland where we have more than 20 hours of sun light a day. This affects on what the picture looks like through the lampshade as the video was shot during day light. Please, take into account that camera lenses do not work as human eyes do and cannot see as we see.
Building the PicShade itself should not be a major issue technically. We just need the time to do it. We have a good team building this and having made some prototypes we know that the basic concept works. In case we need multiple rounds of prototypes we may fall behind the schedule.
Scaling up to meet the orders and delivering the quality required is another challenge as we have to rely on a subcontractor for the SLS production. We may need to do some design alterations to make sure we get it just right but are confident that we can deliver. Again, the key is in finding the time to set it up correctly.
EARLY BIRD Basic PicShade. As a backer you will receive a PicShade (without the accessories) made using the FDM manufacturing method. You can choose the hanging version or the table version in the cylinder shape. Shipping to UK and Finland included.
High Quality PicShade. The best-looking lampshade out there you can customise. The backers will receive a finished and complete PicShade (with the accessories) made using the SLS process. The details from the original image will be reproduced in higher detail via this manufacturing process than with FDM making the SLS PicShade look fantastic. ADD £10 for the table version or ADD £25 for the RGB-light. Shipping to UK and Finland included.
LIMITED EDITION High Quality PicShade. A PicShade designed by the award-winning Finnish industrial designer, Markus Ahola. Please see the project description of the shape options. The shape and the image are customisable in this reward. INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING INCLUDED.