SPIE 3D Printing for Lighting Conference 2023

In my position as editor-in-chief for 3DPrinting.Lighting, I am joining the OP318 Conference Committee for the “SPIE 3D Printing for Lighting Conference 2023” in San Diego, California 20 – 24 August 2023. Organized by SPIE Optics + Photonics, the 3D printing conference encompasses a wide range of topics related to the additive manufacturing of lighting, lighting components and systems. Technical and scientific papers as well as overviews of the state-of-the-art are solicited. Research from different disciplines will be presented. 

Additive Manufacturing for Lighting

Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is the layer-by-layer production of objects from a digital model. A number of manufacturing industries are now seizing the opportunities that 3D printing can provide in terms of novel designs, manufacturing versatility, and cost-effectiveness. In lighting, manufacturers have long used 3D printing for prototyping, but recent technology advancements in printers and materials have made it more feasible to use 3D printing to manufacture certain components for light fixtures. 3D printing offers the opportunity to design custom lighting components and fixtures on site and on demand to suit the needs of the application and installation space, increasing satisfaction with the product.

Additive Manufacturing of Lighting Components

Realizing the benefits of 3D printing for lighting requires new, dynamic research that will identify the best methods and materials to produce high-quality, reliable custom lighting that is superior to traditionally made products. The thrust of this research must consider the thermal, optical, electrical, and mechanical needs of lighting systems and components, as well as testing and evaluation, in order to overcome current challenges and enable on-demand production at a reasonable cost. Examples of current issues for additively manufactured lighting include: the investigation of materials with custom properties to print components that can serve end-use applications; understanding how dissimilar materials used in the same printer produce components with unique capabilities; and how printed components behave over time in lighting applications.

Image of 3D printed optics as illustration in the SPIE 3D Printing for Lighting 2023 Conference Invite.

3D Printed Optics is a frequently discussed example of emerging technologies that help lighting companies speed up their engineering and development cycle.

SPIE 3D printing for Lighting Conference 2023

This conference encompasses a wide range of topics related to the additive manufacturing of lighting. Technical and scientific papers related to the additive manufacturing of lighting components and systems, as well as overviews of the state-of-the-art are solicited. Research from different disciplines is presented. Topics include:

3D-Printed Optical Components, Design, Manufacturing Techniques, and Materials

  • Refractive, reflective, diffractive optics, micro-optics, gradient index optics
  • Optical fabrication techniques, novel materials, and printing processes
  • Pre- and post-processing, finishing techniques, methods, processes
  • Testing methodologies and instrumentation
  • Photometric and colorimetric analysis of 3D printed optics components.

3D-Printed Thermal and Thermo-Optical Components and Subsystems

  • Non-optical energy dissipation from organic and inorganic LEDs
  • Thermal management characterization of 3D-printed thermal and thermo-optical components
  • Phase change materials for thermal management of lighting systems.

3D-Printed Electrical and Electronic Components and Subsystems

  • Electrical interconnects and electronic devices
  • Materials for 3D-printed electrical and electronic components
  • Characterization of 3D-printed electrical components.

Device and System Level Design and Packaging of 3D-Printed Solid State Lighting Systems

  • 3D-printed LED module, engine, and lamp designs
  • 3D-printed lighting fixture design and performance characterization
  • 3D-printed display lighting systems
  • 3D-printed OLED lighting systems
  • Down conversion materials incorporated into 3D-printed optics
  • Nano materials incorporated into optical, mechanical, and electrical 3D-printed components.

Long-Term Performance

  • Testing methodologies and characterizations of long-term performance of 3D-printed optical, mechanical, and electrical/electronic components.

3D-Printed Lighting System Applications

  • Indoor and outdoor illumination
  • Specialty and decorative lighting
  • Automotive lighting

Testing and Performance Standards for 3D-Printed Solid-State Lighting

  • Photometry and colorimetry characterization of 3D-printed lighting systems
  • Validation and certification of 3D printable materials for lighting applications
  • Safety and best practices.

Prepare your abstract

Contribute your research and become part of another outstanding program for SPIE Optics + Photonics!

Submit your abstract and join other leading researchers and scientists who are contributing to advancements in optical engineering, nanotechnology, quantum science, organic photonics, and astronomical instrumentation.

Meet face-to-face with top companies at the 3-day exhibition to discuss your optics and photonics needs with suppliers. Industry partners will be there to help solve problems, cut costs, and increase capabilities.

Review everything you need to know about preparing your submission for SPIE Optics + Photonics 2023 / 3DPrinting.Lighting Conference. The call for papers is open with abstracts due 8 March 2023.

Read the abstract submission guidelines: https://spie.org/OP/abstract-submission-guidelines or just go directly to the OP318 call for papers: https://spie.org/OP318  to have your lecture listed!

Looking forward to have you onboarding for this exciting event!