3D Printed Flowers at iLight 2019

i Light Singapore is a Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival held in Marina Bay, the Civic District, Singapore River and Raffles Terrace at Fort Canning Park.

In its seventh edition this year, the festival will run over four weekends from 28 January to 24 February 2019.

DP Architects, collaborating with Ginkgo3D, making use of 3D printing technology to print different types of flowers for their installations. It gave you the magical feeling when you first stepped in the room, surrounded by hundreds of lighted flowers.

Mr Ng San Son (1st row on the right) and his team from DP Architects.

Meet the team

They are a team of young architects from DP Architects, led by Mr Ng San Son, Director. Mr Ng San Son is a leading Singaporean architect and also an adjunct design tutor at NUS School of Design and Environment.

They are participating in this year’s iLight Festival above their daily projects. The team started conceptualized for this amazing project 6 months ago; the actual construction took them about 2 weeks.


“Why Green?” and Their Inspiration

Green has always been an integral part of our country’s shared nation-building narrative and identity. Green is also symbolic of nature and its tenacity and everlasting quality. Moreover, against the backdrop of a rapidly evolving urban backdrop importantly, the visual and temporal continuity of our urban greenery is one of the most lasting, timeless features that connects the nation to its roots, and to one another in this shared narrative; which they felt is truly representative of the festival theme “Bridges of Time”.

This is further brought across through the concretization of different types of flowers commonly found in Singapore, using 3D printing. However, the white colour of the flowers focuses on the construct of the flower and not the hues, which parallels with the original flora and fauna in Singapore; as well as the clean slate which we began the curation of our urban greenery on.

“Why Green?” is a walk-in art installation consisting 1200 3D printed flowers (600 printed and 600 reflected by a mirror) which are commonly found in Singapore. The enclosed, spherical nature of the installation provides an immersive environment for our visitors to truly engage with the artwork. Coupled with the use of the relatively new 3D technology to concretize and create a timeless catalogue of our shared history, it provides a platform for us to reflect on the present, while connecting us to what our digital future promises to offer.

Are you planning to go iLight? Don’t miss them! Remember to mark in your itinerary.

Installation #4 – Why Green?


Why 3D printing and Their Challenges?

During this project, they learnt and understand the limitations of 3D printing as well as the differences in materials/methods of printing.

Although there’s limitation in 3D printing, the team did not give up. They researched and opted for SLS technology in the end because it provided them with the best resolution and illuminance. Furthermore, printing without supports using SLS allowed production lead time to be reduced significantly – this was crucial as their timeline eventually got tighter.

3D printing allowed them to achieve the intricacy of the flowers, while also maintaining a standardized look. It also offered them some illuminance when coupled with the light from the optic fibre cable.

Besides iLight project, the team have been using 3D printing to show simple massing architectural/urban planning models in their other projects.


The Ginkgo Press Team

The Ginkgo Press Team covers any news related to 3D Printing, which includes interviews, events and technology.

One Comment

  1. I’ve been absent for a while, but now I remember why I used to love this web site. Thanks , I’ll try and check back more frequently. How frequently you update your web site?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *