This is an initial sketch I drew for my midterm. The idea I have is to create some kind of spherical light shade that uses irregular perforations which would be difficult to make by traditional fabrication methods, but are much more feasible with 3D printing.
I’d like to make it so that the angle of the perforations is intentionally sloping to direct light, but narrow enough so that the light source isn’t visible.
I’ve started experimenting with perforations by cutting parallel hyperbolic paraboloid planes through a sphere. I’m not sure these are quite the right size or even the right shape to be working with. I would like more perforations and smaller, so it might be that I need smaller planes which are arrayed in three dimensions.