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Instructables » Pendant lamp

Perhaps you have never designed a lamp before, but you are experienced in using 3D modeling software like Rhino, 3D Studio Max, SketchUp or Blender. We will help you to turn your idea into a one-of-a-kind pendant lamp. Let’s get you on the right track.

Most people buy a lamp, extraordinary people design them.

3D model
Pendant lamp

How to

Step 1:

Get started by downloading the table lamp kit for the following 3D modeling programs:

The table lamp kit contains:

  • The ceiling cap
  • Spherical safety zone
  • The metal lamp holder and bulb
  • A reference shade

Step 2:

We make use of a bayonet mechanism to attach the shade to the lamp holder. The file aready has this bayonet connector (blue). It is important for you, as the designer, to be aware of this and make use of this blue part in your design. Attach your shade to this blue part and make sure it is accessible from the top so that the lamp holder can be inserted and twisted to lock into place.

Step 3:

Since we’re dealing with electricity, you have to make sure to include a spherical zone around the light bulb of Ø 6 cm / Ø 2.4 inch. This zone needs to remain completely open (hollow); it cannot contain any material.

The design kit contains a Ø 6 cm / Ø 2.4 inch sphere to perform this safety check. Place the sphere inside your lamp shade and make sure they don’t intersect.

Foresee an opening for cooling of your lamp, allowing airflow. When you have ordered and uploaded your table lamp, we do this safety check ourselves once more. This way we can deliver the safest product possible to you.

Step 5:

Once your design is uploaded, it will appear in the 3D model workspace of the 3D print lab. Starting from there, you can proceed with your order. After ordering, our 3D printers will start building your unique lamp.


The lamp kit comes with a manual of great design tips. You can download the manual seperately as a pdf file or flip through it on issuu.com Download


Next to a single pendant lamp, you can also design a chandelier. We have a wide range of chandeliers we can propose to you, going from 3 shades up to 25 shades. All these will be offered with electrical assembly like with the single pendant lamp.

If you want to order a chandelier, please get in touch with us through contact @ i.materialise.com for an offline price request. Below you can find the baseplates we offer. Please note that prices displayed are VAT excluded.

  • Triplet Straight

    Canopy: 79 x 9 x 2.7 cm

    Price: 250€

  • Triplet Round Plate

    Canopy: Ø 40 cm, height 4 cm

    Price: 500€

  • 5 units Round Plate

    Canopy: Ø 60 cm, height 4 cm

    Price: 600€

  • 9 units Square Plate

    Canopy (round pattern):
    45 x 45 x 5,1 cm

    Canopy (square pattern):
    45 x 45 x 5,1 cm

    Price: 750€

  • 16 units Square Plate

    Canopy (round pattern):
    74 x 74 x 5,1 cm

    Canopy (square pattern):
    60 x 60 x 5,1 cm

    Price: 1200€

  • 25 units Square Plate

    Canopy (round pattern):
    74 x 74 x 5,1 cm


    Price: 1200€