AMS Spring 2023

Reinventing the Light Bulb… With a Miniature 3D Printed Version of Yourself Inside?

Inkbit

Share this Article

lightbulbsfeaturedThe light bulb. It is one of mankind’s greatest inventions. Inventor Thomas Edison was the first to bring the electric light bulb into reality, and since then not really all that much as changed. Sure, we have advanced to LED bulbs, which save electricity and last much longer, but some of the trendiest bulbs today are the newly popular ‘Edison bulbs.’

lightbulbs1When it comes to 3D printing, the technology gives designers a means both to prototype ideas and to create unique objects which typically would not have seen the light of day, prior to the birth of these desktop manufacturing machines. For one man, named Richard (Rich) Vinten, and his brother Lance, 3D printing allowed them to reinvent the light bulb, in a way which even Thomas Edison surely never would have thought of.

“I’m a CAD designer for a jewelry manufacturer in the UK, and in 2012 I was asked to create the CAD work for a brooch to be presented to the Queen for her diamond jubilee,” Rich tells 3DPrint.com. “Since then, my brother and sisters have nicknamed me the ‘golden child.'”

lightbulbs3Rich’s brother Lance is a goldsmith and he has a hobby of creating various art pieces in his spare time. He has made a few lamps with objects inside of the bulbs, such as bird skulls and other unique things. He makes these as gifts for friends and family members, but as Rich explained to us, most the bulbs he has created are “quite morbid looking”…and thus their mother isn’t all that big of a fan. Rich had another idea though, one that his mother would certainly approve of.

“I had been scanned a few months ago, so I printed myself on an Envisiontec P4 3D printer, and then gave my brother some silver and bronze casts of myself. He then made a few things out of them; a toothpick, figurines, key rings and had one gold plated and put inside a lamp to give to our mom.”

The two brothers created a light bulb featuring none other than Rich himself inside and ready to be gifted to Mom. Rich, ‘the golden child,’ appears in gold within the newly invented light bulb. As for the bulb itself, we are told that it currently does not light up, but Rich and Lance will be looking to add LED lights to their next iteration.

lightbulbs4

The Thomas Edisons of the 21st Century? Perhaps not, but these brothers may just be on to something with their unique creation. Is this the future of lighting? Bulbs featuring our own figures within? It very well may be. What do you think? Discuss in the 3D Printed Custom Light Bulb forum thread on 3DPB.com.

lightbulbs6

lightbulbs2

lightbulbs5

Share this Article


Recent News

3D Printing News Unpeeled: Impossible Objects, Soft Tissue Bitmaps and Aerorise

Rocket Lab Launches First Vehicle from U.S. Soil



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Entire Nanosatellite 3D Printed within Single nScrypt 3D Printer

Under a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II research grant with the Space Force, Sciperio relied on 3D printers from its sister company nScrypt to make small six unit...

NASA’s Breakthrough 2022: Artemis, 3D Printed Spacesuits and New Metal Alloys

With a dedicated multitude of followers worldwide and hundreds of thousands of people flocking to the Space Coast to see Artemis I launch on a 26-day mission around the Moon,...

Featured

Startup Accelerator: The 10 Most Active VCs in 3D Printing

The startup scene in 3D printing may be small compared to tech at large, but, as additive manufacturing (AM) increases in quality and importance, the number of firms to enter...

NASA Awards TROPICS CubeSat Mission to Rocket Lab

Spacecraft manufacturer Rocket Lab (Nasdaq: RKLB) has more big plans for the company as it expands its US presence. Known for its almost entirely 3D printed engines, the rocket company...