Jigsaw Puzzle Lamp Shade

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Jigsaw Puzzle Lamp Shade by stoof Apr 17, 2013

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Saw these for the first time in Thailand a couple years ago but they cost $30 for even the simplest. Now you can print your own!

Three STLs uploaded are 5cm tall, 10cm tall, and 15cm tall giving you your baby, mama, and papa lamp shades. Yeah, have fun printing 30 of those 15cm pieces! First one to do so gets a pat on the back.

Scale the parts to your liking for different sizes and piece thickness.

I also added DXF files for diversity

My favorite results so far for the 30 piece sphere have been with a 125 mm size printed with two .25mm layers and 4 perimeters, so I've uploaded this one as well.

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Stoof's MendelMax 1.5++










Print with 2 layers at 100% infill and 4 perimeters


Choose a design from the instruction booklet in the gallery also found here:
Or get creative and figure out your own...

Print the required number in any color or combination of colors you like, print, and then have fun figuring out how to put them together. You might break a few the first few tries.

I would suggest only printing with ABS because the only thing you would get out of printing these with PLA is frustration and disappointment (parts have to be pretty flexible). But go ahead, prove me wrong.

The thickness of the STLs are 0.6mm, but they can easily be scaled to your liking using netfabb or similar. I printed 3 layers at 0.2mm, but please feel free to play around with different thicknesses and layer combinations and tell me what you like best!

After you've put together all but the last few pieces of it, stick it on a hanging lantern cord or whatever you like, add the final pieces, and hang it up! (Hint: try different combinations of plastic colors and light bulb colors. Red shade with green bulb??? Trippy maaaan)

Heres a video of somebody putting it together

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is this to trace on paper

Either imported or just opened into Inkscape, the DXF files have lines right through the center on both ends where you made the curves. Did I do something wrong? These lines show up when I edit the stroke and will be cut, ruining the pattern.

Ahh, it had to be something to do with the way I was converting it, but in case anyone else ends up with this problem, this is a fantastic converter to .svg that did the trick for me! http://mondalaci.github.io/dxf2svg2kicad/#_

This lovely lamp is originally created (and copyright protected) by the Danish designer Holger Strøm.

Please go and buy the originals here: http://www.iqlight.com/shop/

It is no longer protected (it expired)

so simple, but complex

I made this with normal 80g/m² copy paper. This lamp shade is really, really awesome and simple!

I have printed a few 10 cm pieces of 0.4 mm thickness using PLA. A bit stiff but they bend quite a lot without taking damage.

Do you have the instructions for examples 9,12, 15 and 16?

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I made two 30 piece 10cm with PLA 2 layer 0.15 thickness. a little bit hard but totally okay to assem into a sphere.

Is it done with rigid ABS plastic?

Just had this great idea!!!!

What if you made the pieces into lithopanes so it would cast an image on the wall, or just glow in a certain shape.

Do you mind if I try this?

-Nat from YellowChickens

By all means, make it happen!

I posted a video I found on youtube of somebody assembling this, hope that helps! Its under instructions...

agree.... we need better assemble instructions for this one

very fine lamp shade... i just have to figure the math on how many to print for a given diameter

Just so you know, when making a sphere its the same number of pieces each time (AFAIK)

The size of the sphere is determined by the size of each piece, so you can scale the pieces accordingly. I made a set of 30 of the 10cm pieces and it came out to 7 inch diameter. I haven't tried the fancier shapes yet.

its not so much size etc.... its how to put the bits together...

the scanned assemble instruction is not the best... spec not for dummies...

Man, even with the instructions im not sure how to assemble this : O

This looks like a perfect application for Taulman 645 Nylon. Super tough, flexible, and you can tie-dye it!

That was my thought as well. I have 645 loaded in my printer now. Time to print!

I will be seriously impressed if someone manages to print out the 120 piece lamp shade in 15cm pieces :)

THANK YOU!!!!1!! I knew these would arrive on Thingiverse one day, I too saw them several years ago at a show, but they were way too expensive for me

I was at the mall last week and took note to these and was thinking the same thing you did, ( could be printed ) And they where about $40 for the simplest one to $350 for some of them, and there where done out of what felt like to me a thick wax paper maybe a low grade plastic and some of them where already ripped. THANKS! I know what I am going to print tonight now!

This is just what I was looking for to replace my broken living room light!

This is just what I was looking for to replace my broken living room light!

Cut this a few years back from milk bottles. Works fine just have to clean the laser lens often as plastic vapour collects on lens. This must be done just after lasering; waiting too long makes it harder to remove it.

Nice! I've used a Loomi kit in the past (thick paper for $30), but I like the color options with plastic.

Also, with the recent lithophane craze, I see an upcoming remix...

Nice! I've used a Loomi kit in the past (thick paper for $30), but I like the color options with plastic.

Also, with the recent lithophane craze, I see an upcoming remix...

Very interesting idea with the lithophane. I'd like to see what people can do with that. Cool patterns at the very least, but it would be amazing to see 30 pieces making up one single coherent image. How about the earth?

Can you also post the outline patterns in DXF or EPS or SVG (least prefered) to us poor folk with laser engravers? There's lots of flexible materials the laser can cut to make these and folks would like it... thx a bunch if you can... most STL programs I think can output DXF

Oh poor you, your machine only burns through matter with lasers! ;-)
Happy to, just posted it.

Please let me know if that works or if anything needs to be changed, this is the first time I've exported DXF. Afterall, I'm just a sucker with a robotic hot glue gun...

"Afterall, I'm just a sucker with a robotic hot glue gun..."

I'm using that from now on when someone gives me the "Wow, you have a 3d printer IN YOUR HOUSE?" line.

"Yeah, it's just a robotic hot glue gun"