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3-D Component Printing and Customization for SSL

3D Printing

Innovative OLED Luminaire Design

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.

Exploring Innovative OLED Luminaire Design
The LRC explored design opportunities for OLED panels using 3D-printed, modular fixture housing. Sponsored by ASSIST.

Technical Reports and Publications

Narendran, N., I.U. Perera, X. Mou, and D.R. Thotagamuwa. 2017. Opportunities and challenges for 3-D printing of solid-state lighting systems. Proceedings of SPIE 10378, 16th International Conference on Solid State Lighting and LED-based Illumination Systems, SPIE Optics + Photonics, San Diego, Calif., August 2017, Paper 10378-35.

Terentyeva, V., I.U. Perera, and N. Narendran. 2017. Analyzing theoretical models for predicting thermal conductivity of composite materials for LED heat sink applications. Proceedings of the IES 2017 Annual Conference, August 10-12, Portland, Oregon.

Media Coverage

Press Release: LRC Expands SSL Research Capabilities to Connected Lighting, 3D Printing (2016)

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