3D Printing Incorporating Solar Technology in the Lighting Industry.
“The more you make, and the more you do, the more you’ll learn and 3D Printers have been the best tool for this. Thanks Raise 3D!”~Still Alive Lights.
The solar flower is a unique project that combines art, technology, and sustainability. Inspired by the beauty, geometry, and complexity of nature, Cory Zwerlein, the founder of Still Alive Lights, set out to design interactive lights, powered by the sun. Now, by utilizing Kickstarter and 3D printing, the Still Alive Lights team is making their dream a reality.
Solar Flower By Still Alive Lights Kickstarter 3D Printing
“I started sketching ideas of the Solar Flower two years ago while working as an Architect designing Solar Energy systems in buildings.” Cory says. “I wanted to incorporate Solar Technology into a product at a scale that I could get my hands on.”
3d Printing Lighting Design with Solar Technology
Still Alive Lights has worked with 3D Brooklyn, Cases by Source and Raise3D to challenge the possibilities of traditional manufacturing with modern resources incorporating cutting edge technology. Using 3D printing and solar technology, the company was able to tackle one of the more difficult tasks of lighting design, resulting in the creation of a unique 3D prototyping.
When developing a product, there is always room for improvement whether it’s a small adjust or a completely new design. Typically, the classic prototyping process is a long and expensive one involving obtaining outsourced production, long waiting on shipments, performing several revisions, and then continuing again. By utilizing Raise3D’s N2 Plus printers, Still Alive Lights achieved unique stability and reliability to print and create3D printing prototype models. Additionally, producing these in-house decreased the time for producing these as well. By applying 3D printing, the number of tests and prototypes that could be created quickly and efficiently became limitless.
“[The Raise3D N-Series printers] are the first 3D printers I’ve used that I’m not afraid to let run overnight! Once our team has finalized a product’s print settings, we can let our N2s run for two weeks straight and our only maintenance task will be cleaning our nozzles a couple of times a week.”
After numerous rounds of trials and perfecting, the Solar Flower is on its way to becoming successfully funded on Kickstarter, and one step closer to reaching the hands of users all around the world. Ultimately, Still Alive Lights is a group of passionate designers, creators, thinkers, and makers who want to share their work to inspire as many people as they can to “Keep Making”. By using new and accessible 3D printing techniques, they’ve managed to bring a technology that is usually reserved for larger-scale projects indoors for people to enjoy.
“We are all always improving our products with a never-ending design process — Design, Test, Fail, Learn, Repeat. The more you make, and the more you do, the more you’ll learn and 3D Printers have been the best tool for this. Thanks Raise 3D!”
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