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100 unique limited edition table top lamps.
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What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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We're making 100 Dropped Pendant Lights! 

100 Unique Lamps ...

We are making an edition of 100 Unique 3D printed lamps. Each lamp is designed, printed and assembled in house. Lamps ship fully assembled with an LED bulb*. They include a lasercut ID tag, with a parameterized serial ID number. Each lamp takes between 10-20 hours to print.

A soft, diffuse light makes these great bedside, desk, tabletop or floor lamps.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ...

We'll be documenting the design and printing process as we go: 

  • Stay tuned for an informal home/studio tour and update via Livestream (date TBD).
  • Frequent updates on Instagram as lamps are designed and printed.
1/100 Dropped Pendant Light : print in progress
1/100 Dropped Pendant Light : print in progress

Process

We're designing each lamp using equations with Autodesk Fusion 360. After trying a bunch of techniques, including scripting, we found this method gives us the most variation and flexibility. And it feels a lot like sketching!

Work in progress screenshot using Fusion 360
Work in progress screenshot using Fusion 360

  Specifications

  • Printed using Warm White PLA PRO on an Ultimaker2 FDM 3D printer.
  • Includes a 60WE 2200K LED bulb (110V). It's just the right warmth and brightness to put this lamp by your bedside, living room floor, or on your desk.
  • If you're outside the US and in a country with AC voltage that's not 110V (check here if you're not sure), you'll need to buy an equivalent LED bulb. 10W Standard bulb (E26 or E27).  You'll may also need to convert the US style 2 prong wall plug (NEMA 1-15 / TypeA) to your country's plug.
  • The bulb socket has an embedded toggle switch. We've been using this for years and it is the best one we've found. Made in Italy.
  • Wiring is a super heavy duty yellow SEOW 18AWG cable.
100 Dropped Pendant on CW&T Tripod Light Bracket
100 Dropped Pendant on CW&T Tripod Light Bracket

STL Release

If you have a printer at home, and would like to print your own shade, we will be releasing a selection of STL files to our backers. If you want an assembled socket+wire+plug to go with your home printed shade we have those available too!

Risks and challenges

We have a lot of experience 3D printing prototypes, but this is our first attempt at 3D printing a product. It's been done before by others, but we're new to this. We've prepared by printing a short test run of 10, but what we know from experience is that there will always be surprises!

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