Gloona is an aesthetic and unique ambient lighting created by Sitti Nur Syahirah Bte Md Hatta of Singapre’s Temasek Polytechnic’s Product and Industrial Design course. Gloona’s key feature is its surface reliant properties, taking the shape of whichever surface it is placed upon. Instead of using traditional fabric to design Gloona, Sitti used the 3D printing technology to create her masterpiece. The strands of Gloona’s “fabric” were all 3D printed and then weaved together to form the entire piece.

Each strand of Gloona was designed with a slot to place LED lights within. The placement of the LED wiring was strategically placed in an alternate setting to diffuse the intensity of the lights, thus giving the entire piece a warm mood and ambience. The finished product invites users to pause, immerse and touch Gloona.

Sitti underwent several rounds of prototyping with Siege, testing the sizes, shapes and material of the 3D printed strands before producing replicates of it to weave together. Her product was 3D printed in TPU, or Thermoplastic Polyurethane, which had a semi-flexible property. The astonishing result was that her 3D printed strands were able to be stretched and bent, behaving just like a normal fabric. The TPU colour chosen was translucent, which helped showcase the light through the 3D print. Sitti decided upon a 3D printed per-knit dimension of 230mm by 70mm, and comes in 3 sizes of Smol, Rego and Tol. The product designer also explored the cross sectional horseshoe shape of the strands through her multiple rounds of 3D printing with us.

Gloona can be placed anywhere – on a table, hung over a chair, by the bedside, or even rolled up to stand as a night light. With such versatility and beautiful ambient lighting, Gloona holds many possibilities. As Sitti’s product so aptly shows, 3D printing can definitely be used in more ways than just prototyping. 3D printing can definitely be used as an end use product and be integrated into the design and art scene, opening up many more avenues for creativity.