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Signify in 3D print collab with top designer

Graca 3d design Signify

Signify’s 3D printing division has an announced a collaboration with the prominent textile designer Aleksandra Gaca.

The designer has created a distinctive version of the firm’s ‘Coastal Breeze’ collection of sustainable pendant luminaires which use so-called ocean plastic manufactured from waste rescued from the sea

The range was unveiled at the international design fair, Salone del Mobile, in Milan this week.

Signify said that Gaca’s innovative woven textiles ‘sit at the intersection of art, design and architecture and match perfectly with the 3D printing technology used to create Philips MyCreation lighting objects’.

“As a textile designer, I am really excited about the 3D printing techniques developed by Signify, because they allow me to quickly and easily incorporate my textures into everyday objects within anyone’s reach,’ says Aleksandra Gaca.

Graca 3d design SignifyThe ‘Coastal Breeze’ collection of sustainable pendant luminaires uses so-called ocean plastic manufactured from plastic rescued from the sea. Up to 46 per cent of ocean plastic consists of fishing nets, lines and ropes.

Original nylon fish nets are sourced from fishermen on the UK’s Cornish coast and transformed by partner Fishy Filaments into granulate, the base material for 3D printing filament. The raw material is then processed into filament in Maarheeze, the Netherlands, and 3D printed in Turnhout, Belgium.

As well as reusing ocean plastic, 3D printing process helps reduce waste and contributes to a circular economy, says the company. Items can be printed locally on demand, so no excess stock is produced.

There is no glue, fewer screws and the items are easy to disassemble and repair.

Signify says that 3D-printed luminaires represent up to 76 per cent lower emissions from material supply and manufacturing, and up to 28 per cent savings in transport.

Earlier this year, Schneider Electric has unveiled a range of electrical accessories made from discarded fishermen’s nets.

The Merten M-Pure Ocean Plastic is made from 50% regular plastic and 50% from discarded fishermen’s nets.

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Ray Molony

Recolight Report is an independent guide to the latest developments in sustainable and circular lighting. Learn about the people, products, projects and processes that are shaping our industry’s low carbon future. Plus: explainers on the latest innovations, opinion from thought leaders and video interviews with leading disruptors. Edited by lighting expert, editor and industry figure Ray Molony.