The inspiration for 'The Geodesic Sphere' lamp shade stems from the ancient Greeks' love of geometry. Although it isn't strictly a Platonic Solid it feels like a continuation of this family of 3D shapes.
This 3D printed lamp shade is huge! A sphere of 40cm in diameter, it will become a feature of even very large rooms. It is made up of 17 printed components, 2 Pentagons, 5 Diamonds and 10 Hexagons [see accompanying build instructions for more details on assembly and components].
The design takes advantage of the 3D print process to create large, strong hollow parts that weigh a lot less than you would think [Assembled the Sphere is less than 900g], therefore it is safe to hang on ceiling lamp wire without reinforcement. Ours has been hanging for over a year and has survived a mild earthquake!
This product has been designed for an E27 lampholder [40mm diameter] if you can't find one of those let us know and we can supply you with an adapter plate/alter the design.
We have tested this product for over a year with a 15W light bulb and there has been no deformation of the PLA. If you use PLA we wouldn't recommend going much higher than this.
Printed with Satin Shine + White PLA [Real Filament]
To print this design we used an Ultimaker 2+ 3D printer with a 0.6 mm nozzle [You can also use a 0.4mm or 0.8mm].
Dimensions for Each Component
Gd Upper Pentagon: 200mm x 191mm x 22mm
Gd Lower Pentagon: 200mm x 191mm x 35mm
Gd Hexagon: 210mm x 205mm x 42mm
Gd Diamond: 174mm x 119mm x 15mm
We would love to see your prints!!
Resolution: 0.1mm - 0.3mm [0.3mm Shown]
Wall Thickness: 1.2mm [2 Walls]
Speed: 55mm/s [Shown]
Post processing: No
Dimensions: 407mm x 394mm x390mm
Time to Print: 52Hrs
Material Usage: 880g
Notes: If you are having trouble with the build please look at the provided build instructions. Geodesic Sphere Build Instructions.pdf
3D Print Project Athens (3DPPA) is a new startup that aims to bring a more personal touch to its customers via the manufacture method of 3D printing. The company saw the burgeoning craft scene in Athens and saw an opportunity to use 6+ years of 3D printing experience to give people the chance to own unique, locally inspired and manufactured designs. Happy printing!
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