Created by Delft University of Technology student M. Grossl, STUTTGART – the 3D printed light – offers architects and interior designers an innovative lighting arrangement to make unused interior spaces useful again.
The honeycomb structure can be 3D printed in any size, so it can be installed practically anywhere.
Grossl’s STUTTGART 3D printed optical lighting system emulates natural light and practically functions as a lighting extension for natural daylight similar to existing systems that use collected daylight forced through a fibre optic.
Each lighting element of the honeycomb structure consists of five glass fibre optics that also function as a support for hanging the honeycomb structure from the ceiling. If no daylight is available, artificial lights from LEDs can be adapted to the needs of the end user. The amount of LED illumination can be adapted to the needs of architects or directly for the end user.
STUTTGART uses of magnets to allow it to be detached from the ceiling and provides different mounting solutions to make the system applicable to every ceiling.
As far as construction is concerned, the construction of STUTTGART consists of a lens plates with 5 clamping systems, for the fibre optics, while 5 custom lenslets are used in combination with an opaque cap to direct the light. The lens plates can be attached to each other by making use of magnets.
“When a designer decides to use STUTTGART for his or her interior design project, they can commission the designer of STUTTGART to setup a plan for the proposed interior space. The client designs his wanted experience by setting up the lighting boundaries. These boundaries are then converted into custom lens shapes. The lenses are ordered at Luxexcel and 3D-printed on demand. Before installation on the ceiling, elements are prepared in an assembly; all lenses and couplers are attached to the lens plate,” says Grossl.
The project is currently a contender for the Luxexcel Innovative Application Student Award 2015.