Cocoon Lamp by Voxel Studio
For some time the terms “generative manufacturing”, “rapid prototyping”, “stereolithography” or simply “3D printing” are no longer solely known by experts. At the latest through the designs by Assa Ashuach for MGX Design or Karim Pashid for Freedom of Creation the process engineering is well known.
The digital drafting process through CAD systems offers unimagined possibilities. The seemingly absolutely geometrical free creation marks the beginning of a new era of design.
Objet geometries takes it up to another level. Through the polyjet technologie they gain the possibility to print an object with more than only one material. This way the designer can variegate the object’s color and physical character (hard, flexible, transparent, soft etc.) as needed.
Inspired by Nery Oxman`s „the Beast“, who impressively demonstrates the possibilities of the technology.
The result was supposed to be a solely digital planned and automatic manufactured product on the basis of polyjet technology. With the friendly support by objet geometries it was possible to realize this project. (http://www.objet.com)
A cocoon is a shell, which larvae of varies insects, particularly caterpillars, are building for their metamorphosis. The caterpillars use for this a liquid which is pressed out from their spinneret and hardens in the air quickly.
The conceptual idea comes from this parallel to the PolyJet technology, at which a liquid photopolymer is applied out of nozzles and hardens through UV-light.
The adaption of the construction and the clean design of a cocoon lead to the emergence of the inner element. Its geometry is formed by spun threads, which wind protectingly around the light source.
The white and hard material „VeroWhite“ is perfectly suited for this construction, because it provides the required rigidity and disseminates, through its reflective surface, the light further into the space.
A dark layer „TangoBlackPlus“, which is applied to the surfaces of the side of the lamellae, provides the desired color contrast and protects the surface. At its lower end a special fitting is formed, to which the holding element can be connected to.
This way the cocoon can be connected to the mounting element.
This organic form proceeds in swings around the cocoon enclosing it. Being printed out of “DigitalMaterial” of the PolyJet matrix technology, based on the mixture of “VeroWhite” and “TangoBlackPlus” materials, results in a gray, neither completely stiff nor completely flexible construction
Additionally, very soft, linear elements follow the surface and assure protection, skid resistance, and a comfortable haptic, when applied around the luminaire.
This can be turned, laid or hung up in different positions. The optical appearance or the desired effect can be defined by the user.
The design should have the potential, arising from the PolyJet production process, to exhibit geometrically on the one hand, but also to display the different properties of the material combination in terms of rigidity, reflexion and feel of the surface.