Above are some images that we found for a mood board, in the images above there are a series of different materials and styles of how these lamps and products were made. Through basic research of both 3D printed and Laser cut lamps and products we were able to decided that we wanted to laser cut our piece, after the original research we liked the look of the animal head ideas (images above) though we chose to combine this animal head idea with a clean cut version. To do this we chose to design the head in a geometric form, like the red bear above.
Initially we were unsure of who our target market was, this lead to a lot of different possible designs, the images below are some paper and material models that show experimentation of the design.
The images above allowed me to see how different colours and patterns cut out of the paper came through with different patterns and shadows on the wall . This also helped when coming up with a final design, we decided to keep it simple and let the customer make it a more personal item by painting over the top of the material. This was also made it more appealing to our target market (8+) as it allows them to put there own twist on the product without many restrictions.The documents could be edited to fit in a pattern onto the pieces or it could be assembled then painted, both would be easy to do and would make this product more to the persons liking. The rendering below is an example of what might have been done if someone was to paint over the top of the product.
As can be seen the elephant head at the top are the design that would be created when our files are printed out, and the elephant heads that are below show what a Boy and Girl might do to them to create there own personal perference on the item. It creates a very different effect and becomes a much more personal item then it was before. Also as the material that is used it Acrylic it is easy to clean off paint from the surface and start over if you have made a mistake or want to change the design that you had put on it in the first place.
FINALIZING THE IDEA
At the beginning of the project we were not only unsure of what age group we wanted to aim this product at but also what design of the head we would use. So we designed several different designs of heads, which can be seen in the image below. However we chose to focus on the elephant head as it was the most well planned out CAD drawing that we had developed and seemed to fit together quite well, though we did make models of the stag head as well.
Even though the elephant head was the best CAD drawing that we had which made it easy to make it still took about six times cutting it out on the laser cutter and trying to put it together to get the final design of the product. This is because this product is quite fiddly and requires a certain touch to put it together. The images above do not do justice to the amount of pieces that there are to put together to form the head. There is in total 89 pieces to put the whole product together, 81 of those are just to make the form of the elephant head for the main part of the lamp. We would of liked to make it easier to assemble but due to the material and the restrictions of the brief we were unable to do so. Though we did find it a lot easier to put the piece together if you tape the group of shapes as they are when you open the laser cutting machine, this way you are not wasting all your time trying to find the right piece to go where as the pieces are not numbered in anyway. That is defiantly one thing that I would do if I did this project over or something similar to this again. Also the bigger that you print it out the easier it is to put together, and vice versa. Another reason this assembly of this product is tricky is due to the angle that the pieces have to form to create the head in the correct shape, we found it hard to create something to stick the pieces together. We thought about different joints, but that would mean redesigning the whole head and every line and decided not to do this as it would cause the angles to be off when we assembled it. We though about pegs or slots but decided in the end that threading wire or thread in holes would be the best idea. As through threading wire or thread it allows you to pull the pieces together as tightly as they will go and also allows the angles that are needed to create the correct shape for the head. It takes a bit more time but it gives an effect to the piece to make it less modern and looks a bit more family orientated, and becomes a family activity putting the pieces together a bit like a jigsaw.
The image above is an exploded view of the head, this shows intercrate the pieces are and that it is a pretty complex design but is well worth the effort to put it together.
The image above is our final piece; which we threaded/ tied together with black wire but of course when making your own use whatever wire or thread you want. We also chose to make our clear acrylic frosted as when doing research into mood and night lighting we found that most of the product used frosted material so that they light became dimmer and didn’t distract people as much, which is very important with the development of mood lighting. It is meant to be used at night, but this is not recommended to be used as a night light, with the light bulb that we are using. As the light bulb we chose is a high powered bright LED, it creates a very bright light which is what we wanted for our product and the exhibition, but if its going to be used as a night light we recommend a dim yellow to red colour tone as this the colour range that indicates to our brain that it is night time.
We decided to add/ make a logo for the product to make our images look more official, I created the logo, but decided to keep it relatively simple to allow it to be readable and still look appealing one of things that we wanted to communicate through the logo that the product is for kids ( 8 and up). Which is why I used a bright pink, blue and yellow in the logo. Also a bit of photoshoping to create the image below with the family and the product as we were unable to take a real life image of a family using or putting together our product with the correct age group.
Above are some images that we found that when researching our idea, they all show the human form in different ways using different materials and effects to create the desired effect to show what could be on the inside on the outside.
Originally the idea was to do some kind of human body shape, but after some time we decided that it would be easier to do a different simple form. The image above shows how we developed the idea from making a human form out of clay or plaster to using paper tags to create the image as well as hold the comments that we would collect from people later on.
The images above show how we decided to embellish the tags with the different things that people in the group did in the subjects. Different textures and designs; graphic images of the world map in different colours and styles, sewed images that communicated the words and hand drawn maps of city’s all over the world. By doing this it made the tags more artistic and aesthetic to look at which in turn made them more approachable.
FINAL TAG DESIGNS;
This product was designed to be printed and made in a fab lab, with a flat pack design to make it easy for people to put together. Though due to the complicated nature of the design, patience is defiantly something that you will need.
Above are all the parts that make up the product along with a bulb, cable and thread. These are all things that you will need for this product. There is a total of 89 pieces to make the product (81 head pieces, 4 shield and 4 to hold the bulb in place).
To make the head use 2mm thick acrylic, we recommend clear frosted acrylic if you are planning on painting over the top of it or to get the best effect, but that’s up to you. Use the coreldraw template to create the head, stretch it to fit as big as it will go on a 600mm x 400mm piece of acrylic. This will allow the pieces to be less fiddly and will then be the right size for the shield, if you choose to do a different size take into account the difference in size for when printing out the shield and when putting the piece together.
Once the head has printed out (image above) we recommend that before you remove it from the laser cutter you place tape over the grouped pieces. This will allow the full product to be put together quicker and less difficulty, as most of the pieces are triangles of similar size, then place in a bag or box so not to loose any pieces.
The series of pictures shows how to connect two pieces together using a needle and thread, the pictures above are of one of the backs of the ears for the elephant head. For both using thread or wire you will need to thread it through both wholes of each piece several times and pull as tight as possible to allow the joint to be as strong as possible. Once you are happy with the joint cut the thread about an inch long and then double knot the two pieces of thread together then cut any extra thread. To make this stronger with thread dab a bit of PVA glue on the thread this will solidify the joint and make it less wearable and stronger.
For the shield, there is 4 pieces, the 2 front pieces will only have one hole in each, but the two back pieces will have three, this is so that you will be able to attach it to the desired wall with nails. The order of how to put the pieces together is in the fabrication instruction document. To remove the burnt parts from any piece, either acrylic or wood, use the finest grade of wet and dry sand paper, and with soft circular motions remove the burnt section. It is best to sand all over the piece so as not to get discolouration. For the shield it is not necessary to do every piece, we recommend only doing the top piece that will be visible.
For the bulb holder, use the circles that are cut out of the middle of the shields, then mark out in the center of each piece the correct size circle of your light bulb cable holder. then PVA glue each piece together, to form a block, test it in the piece and with the bulb cable you may need to sand it down around the edges to allow it to fit better into the shield or to place the bulb holder into the piece. This will allow the bulb to be steady and secure in the piece, but also allow you to remove it from the piece easily to replace the bulb without having to take apart the whole product. Try to place it as far into the piece as it will go so that there is nothing sticking out of the back of the piece that would prevent it from being hung on the wall.
Where do I place it? We recommend that you place it on either the wall above or opposite the bed in the bedroom of the person it is for. The product is designed for children 8 and over, so in the image above we would place the product in between the two coloums of flowers, this will allow it to light up the room when it is dark and will be able to be seen as a main feature in the room during the day. Obviously it is your choice but we recommend it in these areas so that it becomes not only a lamp for a bedroom but a feature for everyone to see.
If you are looking to make the piece more personal, either use different material then we have suggested or different coloured acrylic, this will many a different effect then the one that we have produced, or add to it by painting over the top of the piece of gluing things to it. Feel free to experiment with it and change the design by cutting out sections in the piece to allow for shadows to be created.
THANKS FOR CHOOSING THIS PRODUCT