Make your own lamp from copper tubing and a 3d printed lampshade!
Here’s what you need to make the light fixtures I made:
◾I used 1/2″ copper tubing.
◾45 degree elbows
◾1/2″ tube straps for mounting to wall or shelves, wherever your mounting the lamp itself.
◾Just for copper - solderless copper bonding to adhere the copper pieces
◾Pipe cutter to the copper tubing
◾Pipe a pendant light kit that I cut and wired into one end of the Lamp switch
◾The other end of the lamp switch I wired a lamp cord set
◾Download the .STL file from thingiverse for this lampshade either the ribbed or not ribbed version, and print it.
◾PLA filament in your choice of color
◾Oh and a 3d Printer.. we have a Makerbot Replicator 2
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Cut and build your copper tubing portion to the size and specifications you want, using the 45 degree angles to build the arm of the top of the lamp as seen in my pictures. The tubing straps are used to mount it to the wall or shelves etc.
NOTE: Wire your copper lamp as you go! If you do more than two 45 degree angles or even one 90 degree angle you won’t get your lamp wire through the copper tubing. This is why I use the solderless copper bonding so you can wire as you go. I built an awesome shaped lamp fixture that can never be wired for an actual lamp because I didn’t follow this one rule!
I’m addicted to making these now. You can fit them behind anywhere, and in places you normally can’t get a lamp! I have 2-3 more to make, and ramp up my copper tube designs to be a bit more interesting. I love combining the technology of 3d printing with the industrial copper tubing and making something truly functional for my home.
Let me know your questions or thoughts!