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Industrial Designer 3D Prints Conductive Origami Light Fixtures

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by Hanna Watkin
Aug 5, 2019
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Yael Akirav, an Industrial Designer and graduate of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, uses 3D printing to create beautiful "conductive origami" light fixtures.

Yael Akirav 3D printed conductive filament directly onto textiles for her project “Conductive Origami.” The project focused on creating elaborate fixtures and a new way of turning on lights.

Akirav is an Industrial Designer and graduate of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. Her Conductive Origami project was showcased at the school’s Graduates Exhibition.

She explains on her website: “For me, design is the connection between creativity and innovation. I enjoy exploring and creating new techniques and materials every project in order to get the ultimate outcome.”

Akirav’s 3D Printed Projects Serve Many Purposes

To create the beautiful fixtures, Akirav realized 3D printed conductive materials could also serve as the skeletal structure of the fixture. As a result, she explains that each “tangent point” created by the folds produces “a new opportunity – lighting the fixture by shrinking and stretching the structure.”

As is made clear in the name, Akirav took inspiration from origami folding techniques. She has created multiple unique folding and opening methods. Each light fixture can be folded and unfolded many times thanks to the strength and durability of the 3D printed skeletal structure.

This isn’t Akirav’s first venture into 3D printing. She has previously used the technology to develop a project called Bloomiez, which works as a car pollution indicator. The design is similar to the light fixtures but serves the purpose of collecting pollution particles.

Source: Design Boom

Lead image credit: Ofek Avshalom

Yael Akirav
Yael Akirav designed Bloomiez to make pollution visible (Source: Yael Akirav)

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