Chris Hardy Design Tuesday 10 May 2011

3D Printed (SLS) Paper Pendant

The last decade has seen increasing access to very sophisticated, computer controlled manufacturing techniques. Shapeways, a cloud 3D printing service located in the Netherlands and the US, offers a vast range of very sophisticated 3D printing technologies for designers (or anyone) to have their creations 3 dimensionally printed and sent to them. Access to high level digital manufacturing is no longer ‘special’, it has now been democratised and a great many people are making use of it in innovative and interesting ways.  The paper pendant light shade was developed to make use of one of these technologies, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), as its means of construction due to the freedoms that this technology offers.

In addition to utilising cloud printing and Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) techniques for its construction, the paper pendant range also looks at how digital techniques can be used to generate form for the designer. The form for this pendant was created using two basic surfaces that describe the overall shape of the pendant, one describing the inner threshold of the pendant's wall, and another describing the outer. A single section of the repeated motif was modelled and then mapped onto these surfaces. Applied in this way, the repeated section is stretched and deformed by the panelling software (Panelling Tools WIP plug-in for Rhino3D) to accurately generate the required geometry to create the object. This relatively quick process would be unfeasible using traditional CAD modelling techniques.

diameter 150mm_(B27/E27 fluorescent or LED)
diameter 250mm_(B27/E27 fluorescent or LED)

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Chris Hardy Design

Chris has worked as a designer in various capacities since 1995 and is currently lecturing in Industrial Design at the University of Canberra. In addition to this he is pursuing PhD candidature concerning the affective and psychological implications of applying coloured light to domestic interior environment. Prior to his role as a lecturer he worked as a member of the Research and Development team for Caroma Industries. Chris has also entered, and been shortlisted form various competitions since 2007. Chris extends his design acumen to the community by serving on the Management Committee of CraftACT and the Management Group of the Gallery of Australian Design.