These are the models from 3DSMAX that will be sent to the printer. I had hoped to print a second test piece but unfortunately the printer at the university has been out-of-order. After printing the first test piece I had noticed that the wall was too dense to let any light through and so these models have been modified with a 1.5mm wall so that light should perforate. 1.5mm is the thickness that is being used on my online sites such as shape ways and I-materialise for translucent lamp prints, so I decided it would be the best wall thickness for mine. The other issue with the test piece was that the plaster in the 3D printing material made it even more dense, a different formula of print material such as a nylon printer or a polymide printer would be better.
As a result of decreasing the wall thickness the indents around the bases of the lamps would also need to be reduced in depth. They now measure 0.4mm and this means if a copper wire of 1.2 (or around) is used around them it will protrude outward by 0.6mmm ensuring the copper rods can touch to charge.
When printing, the lamps would sit inside each other, like so, to save space on the printing bed, this means that other items can be printed at the same time.
Because the largest lamp has no wood for the disks to be secured to it, it needed brackets like the ones pictured. These brackets mean that a disk can be inserted at the base with the electronics on top, it then gets pushed into place passed the brackets, twisted and left to settle into place.
Three feet have been added to the largest lamp as I wanted it to appear hovering on the surface with light escaping. The feet are small extensions of the wall of the lamp and measure just 5mm. Although they will be delicate they will hold the lamp enough off the surface for light to escape.