Designer: Cody Norman
3D printed PLA plastic, lighting components
18" x 14" x 14"
“Jellyfish” is a series of lamps composed of plastic “tentacles” with a light bulb “head”. The base of the lamp is 3D printed with an industrial robot that extrudes a distinct 2D pattern over a form. Gravity plays the role of the third axis and pulls the plastic over the form to create the “tentacles.” External factors such as room temperature or ambient vibrations create an element of noise, shaping how each tentacle falls and disrupting the robot’s precision.
Cody Norman’s work explores the relationship between chaos and order through the use of digital and analog fabrication processes. His work challenges the viewers’ perceptions of the materials and processes being used. Recently, he has focused on robotic 3D printing and handheld plastic extrusion using post-consumer plastic. Many of his objects could function as furniture or household objects, but could also exist autonomously as sculpture.