Credit: WASP

Paolo Castelli Spa, a provider of Italian furniture, has collaborated with 3D printer manufacturer WASP to give life to a 3D printed ceramic suspension lamp named ‘Haibu’. Haibu is part of the Acquerello Collection and is available in two versions, either more elongated and taper-shaped or lower and wider.

The project’s success relied on the use of the manufacturer’s large-scale LDM 3D printers, and computational design.

When Paolo Castelli Spa reached out to WASP, the challenge was to find a way to translate the idea of an interwoven hive into a tangible and reproducible product. Through computational design, a parametric model optimized for LDM 3D printing was created, allowing the initial concept to take physical form. The manufacturing of the ceramic lamps was carried out by WASP using two of its large-scale LDM 3D printers: WASP 40100 LDM and WASP 3MT LDM.

To achieve the desired effect and size for the lamps, the computational model helped to deposit a significant portion of the material completely in mid-air. As the material is printed and dried, it spontaneously falls back on itself, thus creating a pattern of slits that allow gentle beams of light to escape. The result is a warm and welcoming design, that invites people to experience moments of relaxation in the open air.

As stated by its designer, Vittorio Paradiso, an important goal in the creation of Haibu was to create a product that was not only innovative but also sustainable in both its materials and production. Being made entirely of ceramic, the pendant lamps are crafted from natural materials, making them an eco-friendly choice that minimizes pollution.

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