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I moved across the country this summer for an internship working in a field I'm really passionate about. While I've had an awesome time and have really enjoyed exploring a new city, I had a nagging feeling that something was missing. It took me a while, but I finally figured it out; I missed making things! These past few years I've been too busy with university and internships to work on many projects. I decided that this had to change. Since I was 4500 km from my tools, I had the perfect excuse to try something new!

I haven't spent a lot of time working with CAD software and 3D printing. Pretty much everything I've done has been a 2D-sketch extruded upwards; functional, but not the most ambitious or eye-catching. Recently, I've also been interested in playing with light as a medium (check out the awesome work of James Turrell). Throwing in my obsession with geometric shapes, this project started to take shape. I love the contrast of the warm and soft diffusion through the body of the lamp with the cooler, brighter light coming from the openings.

Step 1: What You Need

Picture of What You Need


- 1/8" diameter, 1/16" height neodymium magnets (x12)

- 12V 5050 LED strip with adhesive backing, such as this

- 2.1 mm DC power jack to two terminals connector, such as this

- 12V 1A power adapter (center negative), such as this

- 2.1 mm inline DC on/off switch, such as this


- Sandpaper (I used 120, 220, and 400-grit wet/dry sandpaper)

- Screwdriver (or multi-tool)

- Scissors (or multi-tool)

- 3D printer with ABS filament

- CAD software (I used Fusion 360)

The idea of making the lamp is very beautiful and unique. It is very suitable for decoration.