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Text: Thomas Masuch, Photos: Urbanmaker

A sleek orange object shaped something like a beehive illuminates the cover of the March edition of formnext magazine. Beneath the surface of its elegant facets lies »Hanni«, a 3D-printed lamp from Urbanmaker. The same creation adorned the company's exhibition booth at formnext 2016; it can also be seen in Urbanmaker's own display window in Münster, Germany. 

Hanni, Urbanmaker is taking advantage of additive manufacturing, which enables customers to customize the size and color of their lamps. They can also decide if their own personal Hanni will be the type that hangs or stands. The standard version of Hanni (which measures around 25 x 20cm) costs €49.

The idea for enabling customers to create their own lamp came from an Urbanmaker employee who, upon moving into a new apartment and failing to find the right lamp, simply designed and printed his own.

»In the future, we want to sell the lamp through an online shop, as well,« explains company co-founder and co-CEO Juri Boos, who's also proud of the fact that Hanni is made from recyclable PLA (a bioplastic based on corn starch).

Urbanmaker's eight-hour printing process is demand-based and runs overnight; the rough surface of its lampshades is created by design in just one layer of PLA using optimized manufacturing techniques.

»Unlocked further potential for our own printing variations and filaments«

In producing Hanni, the restless young entrepreneurs guiding at Urbanmaker have since moved on from the major manufacturers’ standard printers. Their lamps are now created by a beri-boy – a 3D printer that was developed in cooperation with another Münster company, Feintechnik Rittmeyer. »By switching to this machine, we’ve unlocked further potential for our own printing variations and filaments,« Boos reports.

Meanwhile, Urbanmaker's core business isn’t actually in designer lamps at all, but in solutions for industrial customers. Here, the Münster start-up develops prototypes, manufactures small series, optimizes established process chains, and implements additive solutions in industrial settings.



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