Tessa’s Weekly Picks – Transparent 3D Printing


Tessa Blokland  


In my last blog post on transparent glass 3D printed objects, I have asked you to send me more examples if you have seen any. Well, here is more, but please do not stop sending us tips and suggestions.

What you see here and on top of the blog post is a 3D printed shape within a handmade glass shelter. The suspension lamp, Horizon, as the object is called, is designed by architects Arturo Tedeschi, Michael Pryor, and Pavlina Vardoulaki, combining 3D printing technology with Venetian glass craftsmanship. The result is a surprising floating object showing the 3D printed core when lit and the glass volume when switched off (see video).

Here is a 3D printed glass example of the Mediated Matter Group, founded by Neri Oxman. What I like about this 3D printed object is how the light plays with the transparent material. In this video, you can see how this object and other similar shapes are 3D printed.

This 3D printed lens has incorporated smart technology. Luxexcel, headquartered in the Netherlands, is the pioneer of 3D printed prescription lenses world-wide. According to the website, thanks to their 3D printing technology it replaces about 30 process steps required to make a regular lens. Because of their Luxexcel technology, it is also possible to enable a seamless integration of technology into a lens to produce smart glasses.

Have your own personalized No. 5 Chanel bottle! That was the idea behind the concept DUS Architects created for the fifth jubilee number of L’Officiel NL. The design was inspired by the shape of Place Vendôme and came with an in-house developed customize tool allowing each buyer to personalize and order their unique 3D printed Chanel bottle.

The last example, fitting in this list of transparent materials, is the work of Studio Klarenbeek & Dros for Swarovski (also featured here). The 3D printed crystal vase is the result of experimenting with 3D crystal printing and coloring of the material.

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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.

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