Researchers at Rensselaer have created a technology that combines different modules of an LED light fixture into a single component that can be 3D printed. Combining the modules into a single 3D printed component could decrease overall LED light fixture manufacturing/production costs, reduce required labor for product assembly, and reduce the number of parts necessary to construct the LED device as compared to designing and manufacturing the modules separately and then integrating/assembling them into a light fixture as performed through traditional techniques. The use of this 3D print technology as compared to traditional manufacturing techniques (e.g., molding, injection molding, milling, etc.) has the potential to not only decrease production costs but can realize a more customizable/complex product design, provide print-on-demand device construction as needed, and realize less manufacturing waste.

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Natasha Sanford