3D Printing for Solid-State Lighting
Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, allows objects of almost any shape or geometry to be manufactured from digital model data. One value of 3D 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. 3D printing also can be beneficially utilized at the fixture component level. With 3D 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.
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 3D printing and make it a viable resource for the SSL industry. Key stakeholders are being brought together to develop a roadmap for transforming the industry to provide custom lighting fixtures, on-site and on-demand, that will elevate the appearance, value, and experience of the built environment. The 3D Printing for Lighting Discovery Consortium will enable a collaborative process to define, plan, and develop this roadmap for lighting practice, allowing for a major transformation toward a business model of custom, value-added lighting fixtures.
For more information about participating with the LRC in its 3D printing research, contact N. Narendran, firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 687-7100.
Technical Reports and Publications
Narendran, N. and I.U. Perera. 2018. The value of 3-D printing in manufacturing solid-state lighting systems. Lightfair International 2018, May 9, 2018, Chicago, Illinois
Perera, I.U., N. Narendran, and V. Terentyeva. 2018. Thermal characterization of three-dimensional printed components for light-emitting diode lighting system applications. Optical Engineering 57(4), 041411; doi: 10.1117/1.OE.57.4.041411.
Narendran, N., and I.U. Perera. 2018. Revolutionizing the Solid-State Lighting Industry with 3-D Printing. Troy, N.Y.: Lighting Research Center.
Narendran, N., and I.U. Perera. 2018.
Is 3-D printing the next frontier for the LED lighting industry? LEDs Magazine, 31 January 2018.
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.
Thermal Characterization of 3D-printed Components (2018)
LRC’s Nadarajah Narendran talks 3D printing (2019)
Interview: IES Forces of Change with Mark Lien,
3D Printed Lighting, Guest: Nadarajah Narendran (2019)
Press Release: Lighting Research Center Initiates Industry Collaboration to Study and Explore 3D Printing Solutions for Lighting (2019)
Interview: Strategies in Light Spotlight – Beyond the 'cool' factor, 3-D printing set to enable SSL customization (2019)
Press Release: LRC Graduate Student Wins Thesis Prize for Research on Lighting Technology (2018)
Press Release: LRC Expands SSL Research Capabilities to Connected Lighting, 3D Printing (2016)