Robot Chandelier

 
 

I worked on a number of projects outside my thesis at MIT one of the most notable is this large Robotic Chandelier. I made the initial prototype out of wood, but in the future I would probably look into composites and 3D printed components for weight reduction as shown in the rendering above. 

The goal of the project was to make a chandelier that could change shape very slowly over time and perhaps cast a different light on the environment it is in. As an installation, the movement would be a bit distracting, so the intended use is to move very slowly, just on the edge of perception.

Each arm of the design can extend to roughly 6 feet, making this a chandelier for large spaces. The arms extend out and sweep down, which can be seen in the simulation below. Since each arm is independently controlled, it is possible for the shape of the chandelier to be somewhat varied. Fun project, would love to revisit at some point.