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3D Printing

3D Printing

3D Printing

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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 has established an alliance among researchers and manufacturers 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 coming 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 ASSIST 3D Printing for Lighting 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, or (518) 276-7176.

Technical Publications and Presentations

Taylor, J., N. Narendran, I. Perera, and J.P. Freyssinier. 2022. Custom architectural lighting through 3D printing. LD+A: Lighting Design & Application, January 2022, pp. 38-40.

Narendran, N. 2021. 3D printing for lighting: What's the big picture? Strategies in Light, August 24, 2021.

Udage, A., and N. Narendran. 2021. Investigation of the use of 3D-printed antennae for connected lighting systems. IES 2021 Virtual Annual Conference, August 9-13, 2021.

Narendran, N., I. Perera, and J. Taylor. 2020. Innovations in additive manufacturing will drive the next lighting transformation. Lighting Magazine, October/November 2020, pp. 20-22.

Narendran, N., and I.U. Perera. 2020. 3D printing for solid-state lighting. American Lighting Association webinar, May. 21, 2020.

Narendran, N. and J. Taylor. 2020. 3D printing: Can it work for lighting? LD+A Magazine, April 2020, pp. 50-53.

Narendran, N., D. Bradley, D, Fitzpatrick, J. Roitenberg, and T. Marusich. 2020. What can 3D printing offer the lighting fixture industry today? Strategies in Light Conference, February 12, 2020, Las Vegas, NV.

Narendran, N., and I.U. Perera. 2019. 3D printing: Can it work for lighting? IES Annual Conference, Aug. 10, 2019, Louisville, KY.

Perera, I.U., and N. Narendran. 2019. Thermal conductivity of 3D-printed components for LED lighting. RAPID+TCT Conference, May 22, 2019, Detroit, MI.

Narendran, N., D. Kloempken, H. da Silva, S. Garimella, W. Sillevis Smitt, and A. Smith. 2019. Can 3D printing revolutionize the lighting industry? Strategies in Light Conference, February 28, 2019, Las Vegas, NV.

Privitera, O., Y. Liu, I.U. Perera, J.P. Freyssinier, and N. Narendran. 2019. Optical properties of 3D printed reflective and transmissive components for use in LED lighting fixture applications. Proc. SPIE 10940, Light-Emitting Devices, Materials, and Applications, 109401X (2 April 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2510063.

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. 3D printing opportunities for SSL components and fixtures. Strategies in Light Conference, February 14, 2018, Long Beach, CA.

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.

Project Summary Posters

LRC Initiates Additive Manufacturing for Lighting Consortium pdf logo

Thermal Characterization of 3D-printed Components pdf logo


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