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Rensselaer's Lighting Research Center Demonstrates 3D-printed Interior Architecture with Lighting

3D printed interior architecture with lighting

The LRC revealed its prototype for a 3D-printed interior wall for building construction. The wall was printed with the aim of creating a cohesive, whole system interior architecture that integrates all required electrical, mechanical, and thermal components, such a lighting, electrical outlets, HVAC, and insulation. Read more

Akila Akila Udage Recognized by Department of Energy
LRC doctoral candidate Akila Udage has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy with an Honorable Mention in the 2022 Solid-State Lighting Workshop student poster competition for his research into the use of 3D-printed antennas for connected lighting systems. Read more
3D Printing Course Register for the Fall 3D Printing for Lighting Online Course
Join the LRC this fall for a live, interactive online course to gain cutting-edge knowledge on 3D printinf for lighting. Course begins September 8. Read more
LRC Student Wins Luminaire Design Award
The LRC congratulates recently graduated MS in Lighting student Emily Scircle for her first place win in the IES Philadelphia DesignWithLight competition. Read more
LRC Graduate Student Wins Thesis Prize for 3D Printing Research
The LRC congratulates graduate student Daniel Reinhard who has been awarded the 2021 IESNYC Thesis Award from the New York City chapter of the Illuminating Engineering Society. Daniel’s master’s project was titled “High Application Efficacy with 3D-Printed Custom Optics for Indoor Lighting Application.” Read more
LRC Students Reimagine Lighting Through 3D Printing
In keeping with tradition to prepare students for the future of lighting, the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently engaged its MS in Lighting students in a class project to create 3D-printed lighting fixtures. Read more
LRC Partners with Eaton to Investigate Additively Manufactured SSL Luminaires
Rensselaer’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) has partnered with Eaton Corporation on a project to develop a complete, additively manufactured, LED-integrated luminaire. Under funding from the United States Department of Energy, the project will address the main barriers to widespread adoption of additive manufacturing technology (also known as 3D printing) as applied to solid-state lighting. Read more
LRC Establishes Industry Consortium to Explore Additive Manufacturing for Lighting
Building upon the progress made during a recent workshop, the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has formally established the Additive Manufacturing for Lighting Consortium. Read more
LRC Initiates Industry Collaboration to Study and Explore 3D Printing Solutions for Lighting
A discovery workshop, organized by the Lighting Research Center in partnership with Carbon Group Global, was held to understand the impact of 3D printing across all areas of buildings and construction, and especially its impact on lighting. Read more
LRC Graduate Student Wins Thesis Prize for Research on Lighting Technology
LRC graduate student Olivia Privitera was recently awarded the prestigious 2018 Thesis Prize from the New York City Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNYC). Ms. Privitera’s master’s project explored the use of 3D printing to create custom thermal management components for LED lighting fixtures. Read more
LRC Expands SSL Research Capabilities to Connected Lighting, 3D Printing
In the past year, the LRC has set a course to support the SSL industry through research that shows the value of lighting beyond energy savings. Read more


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Media Coverage

Article: Will the SSL industry print its way to a stronger supply chain? LEDs Magazine (2021)

Article: Special Report: Focus on the Future tED Magazine (2020)

Article: 3D printing: Can it work for lighting? LD+A Magazine (2020)

Article: Lighting Research Center and Eaton Corporation Partner to Develop 3D Printed Solid-State Lighting 3D Printing Industry (2019)

Article: New dimensions: The future of 3-D in the lighting industry Electrical Contractor Magazine (2019)

Article: 3D-Printed Lighting tED Magazine (2019)

Interview: LRC’s Nadarajah Narendran talks 3D printing tED Magazine (2019)

Interview: IES Forces of Change with Mark Lien, 3D Printed Lighting, Guest: Nadarajah Narendran IES Podcast (2019)

Interview: Strategies in Light Spotlight – Beyond the 'cool' factor, 3-D printing set to enable SSL customization LEDs Magazine (2019)

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