The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has formally established the Additive Manufacturing for Lighting Consortium. The consortium will help bridge the knowledge gap between the lighting and 3D printing industries and build collaboration for successful adoption of additive manufacturing for high-quality, value-added lighting.
The consortium, composed of lighting and 3D printer and material manufacturers, is now setting a course to understanding and assimilating additive manufacturing as a viable option for the lighting, building, construction, and allied lighting industries. The objectives for the consortium’s first year include market assessment, education, and collaboration on pilot research projects. These activities will help the group to better understand the needs of the two industries, the possibilities, and the present status of the additive manufacturing industry’s capabilities relevant to lighting.
The group’s long-term goal is to build a center of excellence that will offer best practices and solutions for additive manufacturing of lighting systems.