Collapsible lamp

There are lamps, and then there are lamps. This beautiful lampshade falls under the latter, as it is capable of collapsing down to a virtually flat form factor due to the way it was made using lasers.

The only way to create something with this sort of complexity is rapid prototyping—and laser sintering, to be exact. The process works by sweeping a laser across a pan of powdered nylon; when the lasers hit the nylon, it fuses (“sinters”). The process repeats in layers, until the final product emerges. Thus, you can create interlocking shapes all at once—for example, a chain whose links are completely closed.

We wonder what else around the home would look better after undergoing some laser treatment…

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