With 3D printing, the manufacture of individual lighting components, such as heat sinks, electrical traces, and optics, could be customized, enabling the design of parts that cannot be manufactured today by traditional methods, improving both aesthetics and functionality. Research is still needed to advance the integration of 3D printing into the lighting industry, beyond the current prototyping stage.
To date, the Lighting Research Center has conducted initial investigations into the potential for printing thermal, electrical, and optical components.
Visit the 3D Printing for Lighting Discovery Consortium page for more information.
Lighting Research Center - www.lrc.rpi.edu