Turbine Inspired Lamp Shade #3DThursday


Thingiverse user smallnetd shared a very cool DIY lighting project. Recently, we installed new lighting fixtures in our house and surprised to see this project – It’s such a great idea, how come we haven’t thought of it!?

The mounting bracket looks to be designed similar to the standardized ceiling fixtures you see in most houses. It has slots for fitting the blades into the mount. The blades and mounting part are separate pieces that look optimized to 3D print with no support material. Just don’t use incandecent bulbs – so, LEDs FTW!


Since I have not yet bought proper lamps for the new house, I thought I’d make a nicer lamp shade. I looked around for one, but decided to make my own. Being a mechanical engineer, I thought, “Why not something that’s well engineerd?” Then I saw that a proper and functional turbine would not look even remotely ok, so I modified it for more of an aesthetic look. This is the result.

If you choose to make one, keep in mind NOT to use it with an incandescent light bulb. Flourecent or LED bulbs would be wiser. You don’t want the heat to melt it or set it on fire. Having said that, use at your own risk.


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