Transparent 3D printing – Smartphone flashcase

At the moment of this project, Luxexcel was market leader in transparent 3D printing. As their technology was revolutionary,  they lacked public acknowledgement; their current product portfolio consisted of small electronics parts and chocolate moulds. To raise their public awareness, the goalof my Bachelor graduation assignment was the development of an application for their technology, considering current limitations, that could be used to increase public awareness for their company and possibilities.

From a trend analysis the following opportunity was found:

“Whereas smartphone lenses keep on evolving, the smartphone’s flash does not”

There are products that enable different flash types, but these all have an external light source, with the accompanying drawbacks of the product requiring power and often large dimensions.

Improve public awareness of the company and its wxpetise in transparant 3D printing
The fact that smartphone camera’s enable different types of photograpy, whilst the smartphone’s flash does not support that

The shapes and dimensions of the light guides were defined with (2D) simulations using OpticalRayTracer software.

The designed light guides were printed for validation. As shown the shape did redistribute the light around the lense, proving the principle. although the shape should be optimised for better light division around the lens.

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