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Re-thinking materials: Tree-D Printing, Copper Bikes and a Bamboo Car

A couple of the last few modules have taken us as students down the route of looking at materials and processes. The links below will take you to some brilliant pages about how they have managed to make it so that 3D printing can now be done with sawdust, making it far more environmentally friendly.

There’s also a link to a page on a folding copper bike that someone has made which i thought could be an amazing way to recycle old piping plus it look mint.

Last but not least i came across this image of a car made from Bamboo and Rattan. I dont think it works and is only a concept but thought it was a great way to use site specific materials such as in poorer parts of tropical countries where metal may be harder to come across at an affordable price but where there’s plenty of Bamboo.

Tree-D Printing

Copper Bike

Bamboo Car


D1.3 Furniture and Textiles Pathway – Lighting Project

This project combined the two potential pathways of furniture and textiles with the intent of the project being to make us start thinking about design not only terms of visuals but also to start thinking about how materials, processes and how all of these elements come together to perform in a certain way. As a way of comparing how each of used the materials and processes we knew about or were to be taught over the course of the project, our skills in the workshop and how well we merged the process of design and construction the brief was very specific with each of us being tasked with making a luminaire.


You are asked to design and produce  a domestic light for personal use in student-type accommodation.

For the purposes of the brief, the light should be seen primarily as a piece of furniture which has both a sculptural presence and the ability to change the ambience of the interior space.

Further considerations:

  • The light should  incorporate fabric elements together with a rigid or flexible framework
  • The light should have a  strong sculptural/visual appeal whether switched on or off.
  • The structure may be free-standing, wall-mounted or suspended.
  • The fabric element may incorporate decorative surface treatments
  • The light source has to be  a screw-thread/bayonet 11w Compact Fluorescent light (CFL)

You need to produce a full-scale working final outcome which requires skills in both the Textile and Ground floor workshops to produce it.

These slides show how my project progressed:

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To date this is my most successful project in terms of the final mark i received at the end of it but feel this is only down to how unsuccessful certain parts of the project were. During the course of this project i was introduced to a new material that i had yet to work with called “TYVEK”. Tyvek is basically an untearable paper with it being a mix of both fabrics and plastic. i became very interesting in the material as a result of how light appeared when shone through it (this can been seen in the above slide show) and did a lot of experimentation with it. I finally came to the decision that i wanted to vacuum form the Tyvek over a sliceform structure but due to time, cost and equipment constraints, i was never able produce the effect i wanted and as a result couldnt build the lamp i had planned to make. Instead i made do with the pieces of tyvek that were previously experiments cutting them up and manipulating them over the frame i had built to create a completely unique and unpredicted final luminaire. I ended up being really happy with the final result and think it was through the experimentation and eventual making the most of what i could do with the material that gained me most of my marks. This taught me the valuable lesson that just because something doesnt neccessarily go to plan it isnt a bad thing and that i should embrace what i have got as i am more likely to produce something that no one would of thought of but that works in a unique and surprisingly good way.

All in all this project taught me that as a designer i have to be willing to fail to really be able to succeed.


Recently started a lighting project…

Found a couple interesting examples of materials being re-used to create cool lighting examples…