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Designer: Janne Kyttanen
Art and high technology combine to produce this series of exceptional lampshades by materialise. These exclusive lamps are created through rapid prototyping techniques - stereolithography and selective laser sintering - that offer almost unlimited freedom of design, as well as numerous possibilities for customization.

Rapid prototyping technologies are, basically, like printing in 3 dimensions. Instead of building up a text, this technology actually constructs a 3D object by adding one slice on top of another in a vessel of liquid polymer (for stereolithography) or powder (for selective laser sintering) that hardens when struck by a laser beam. With the software developed by Materialise and 3-dimensional printing technology, it has now become possible to translate 3D images into actual 3D material structure.

All of this, of course, would be quite academic if the lamps weren't so beautiful...