It’s a fresh, slightly still doughy new year and what better way to start it off than with a contest and giveaway. This time i.materialise is bringing the opportunity to try out their fresh 3D printing service with a very slick tool you can use to create your own – very special, very unique – lamp design.

Yes, dim the lights, turn on the ambiance and spool up those 3D printers… we’re designing LIGHT. The contest is simple. Submit your light design to enter. We’ll let the “cool light design” pickin’ harpies take care of the rest. Here are all the details.

Contest Details

Entry: Multiple entries are accepted! Make as many light designs as you want and send them in!
Prize: One 3D Print from i.materialise – Value: US$ 266 (€ 199)
Duration: 00:00:01 GMT Mon, Jan. 3rd, 2011 – 23:59:59 GMT Sun, Jan. 9th, 2011.
Selection: Winner will be selected based on three criteria – style, function, uniqueness.
Announcement: Top 3 entries will be posted. The winner will be announced Fri, Jan. 14th, 2011.
Eligibility: The 3D Print can be shipped worldwide, so if you can send it in, you’re eligible!

How to Enter

  1. First download the starter kit model.
    Download SolidWorks, Solid Edge and Inventor kits here.
    Download STEP model here.
  2. Create your design incorporating the lamp fitting in the model.
  3. Leave Ø2.4 inch (Ø6 cm) clearance (shown in model) around the bulb.
  4. Use a maximum diameter of 5.12 inch (13 cm) for the lamp design

Then just…

  • Take a screen shot of your design.
  • Save as a .jpg image with your name (ex. josh-mings-light-design.jpg)
  • Submit your entry here or via email!
  • Psssst! Bonus for nice renderings!

I honestly can’t wait to see what you come up with. Light design is one of my favorite sorts of design and seeing what you can model up may possible make light shoot from my eyes in pure excitement. If you’ve got questions or want to link to some models you’ve done, hit the comments! Bring on the light!

Need some inspiration? Check out these 3D printed light designs! This is truly only limited by your imagination (and the bounding box of the print area) so let’s see you stretch the possibilities!

Image courtesy i.materilise. Light design by Patricia Lopes


Josh is founder and editor at, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.