The original inspiration for my project cane from the website ylighting.com I was browsing through the following images on their website:
and was inspired to create my own take on one of their fixtures. The design process was initially straight forward until I reached a major hiccup when I talked to the owner of the laser cutter and asked about cutting cardboard. These were my initial sketches of what I wanted the fixture to look like:
The initial concept had a lot of layers in it to make the final shape. I figured that with the ease of using the laser cutter I would be able to make all of these cuts without a problem. When I found out that I would not be able to use the laser cutter I scrambled to think of another idea that would not take up as much time as having to cut all of these layers out by hand. My design process ended up looking a little something like this:
Once I settled on a new design I got right to work creating my new design. I had an old LED camping lamp that I thought would be perfect for this project. To create the template for the layers that I wanted to cut out I first laid down the lamp on the cardboard and drew a square around the outer diameter of the circle. Using a ruler I then used the width of the ruler to draw another box around the inner box and this was now the geometry of all of my layers. Once I cut out all of the layers I then realized that the light was not going to shine through the corrugation of the cardboard as much as I wanted it to. I then decided to add spacers in between the layers to add some more height as well as making more room for light to shine through. I also didn’t just want the the lamp to be a box so I played around with how to stack the layers together, I came across adding a little but of an angle to each layer to create a spiral effect that I came to like. I am very pleased with how my final product turned out considering all of the scrambling that I had to do right towards the deadline for the project.