Additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, allows objects of almost any shape or geometry to be manufactured from digital model data. One value of 3-D printing for SSL is the ability to design custom lighting fixtures that match the architectural features of a building and then “print” or manufacture them on-site for quick installation. 3-D printing also can be beneficially utilized at the fixture component level. With 3-D printing of fixtures, heat sinks can be designed to be part of the fixture envelope rather than attached afterwards, which would reduce the fixture’s bulk size and cost and improve its attractiveness.
Ongoing LRC projects in this research area include:
Tailoring Material Properties
The LRC team is examining how fixture materials can be customized with the right amount of directional thermal conduction properties, allowing for the production of custom SSL fixtures within the additive manufacturing process.
The LRC is in the process of establishing an alliance among researchers, manufacturers, and other organizations to help overcome the technical barriers impeding the use of 3-D printing and make it a viable resource for the SSL industry. On behalf of the alliance, the LRC will conduct research, demonstration, educational, and industry-wide consensus building activities to help the lighting industry realize the benefits of 3-D printing and add value for users of solid-state lighting.
For more information about participating with the LRC in its SSL 3-D printing research, contact N. Narendran, email@example.com or (518) 687-7100.