No. 281

Conductive Origami

By : yaelakirav

Entrant’s location : Israel



Series of lighting fixtures 3D printed directly onto textiles. Rigid printing on textile allows the creation of complex elements. When the printed material conducts electricity, the intersections that stem from the art of origami present a new opportunity – turning on the light by contracting and stretching the structure. The conductive filament is also used as the structural skeleton of the lighting fixtures, each with its own unique folding and opening method.

What did you create?

The series includes 3 lighting fixtures, each has its own fold and opens differently. Each lamp has two looks, when they are open- stretched and lit, and when they are folded back to the closed position. The conductive filament allows me to use the structure as a dimmer switch for each object. when I stretch the structure, the light turns on gradationally and when I fold it back again the light slowly turns off. For my series I designed two ways of opening: vertically and round opening lamps. The third lamp also has a round opening, but its unique quality is that I used two different colors of the filament to create a new surprising visual look. When the lamp is off the textile looks completely white, and when the light is on the black and white pattern is revealed through the fabric.

Why did you make it?

My inspiration for this project was origmai folding techniques, and exploring the boundaries of 3D printing directly onto textile. The combination of the two with conductive filament is what led me to create the folding lamps

How did you make it?

. I started with folding paper in the traditional origami way and wondered how I can make such folds easily on textile. After several ways of folding, heating fabrics and ironing, I turned to 3d printing. I took the principles of origami folding and tried to make them on my textile design object. Surprisingly the 3d filament acted as a structure skeleton and this offered me a way to fold and stretch the fabric multiply times. During the next stage of the research I was exposed to the conductive filament that is based on conductive silver ink. By combining the skeletal structure and conductive trait I created a new way of lighting up my lamps. I examined different kinds of conductive materials, some of them were not conductive enough for my lamps, until I found this conductive filament (based on conductive silver ink) that conducts electricity in a perfect way, just as I imagined. To date, the material is still a prototype, so I hope that in the near future the material will be ready for everyone to use.

Your entry’s specification

the series included 3 items. a. stand lamp- high-160 cm, width- 55 cm, length- 55 cm. weight- 5 kg b. circular wall lamp- high- 45 cm, width-25 cm, length-45 cm . weight- 1 kg c.table lamp- high- 20cm , width- 15 cm, length-15cm . weight-less then 1 kg