You Light Me Up

Size: 4 x 4 x 8.3 (inch)
Materials: Nylon 12 PA, 40W LED bulb, touch light sensor, silver conductive epoxy, acrylic

The project started from a question that what if an ordinary device like lamp could evoke a highly intimate and personal feeling when people interact with it. Contrary to focus on improving functionality and efficiency of an object, the project investigates how to enhance an emotional aspect of the physical interaction between users and objects by applying a poetic interaction to a lamp design. As an outcome of the exploration, a 3D printed lamp was created based on 3D scan data of my hand. The lamp has a conductive touch switch at its fingertip, so a user needs to touch the finger. In terms of production, the project investigates a new mode of design and fabrication by adapting 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies. In order to use an accurate form of human body shape and skin texture, both analogue life casting and digital 3D laser scanning were used. The 3D scan data of plaster casting was 3D printed in nylon with Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing method.

The project is an outcome of the Art Center Graduate Honors Fellowship 2015 and was exhibited with the title of Body, Materials, and Electronics at Media Design Practice's 2015 Summer Research Event.

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Fabrication Process
(1) Life casting of my right hand

(2) 3D scan the plaster cast

(3) Raw 3D scanned data

 (4) Reparing the 3D model for 3D-printing
(5) Assembling the 3D-printed part and electronics

(6) Conductive touch button on the finger tip

(7) Finalized lamp


Art Center Graduate Honors Fellowship (2015), Art Center College of Design
Idea, design, prototyping: Jiwon Jun