Sure, this isn't the first time we've featured Steampunk style renderings here on the KeyShot blog, but it is the first time you'll see a Steampunk Table Lamp. Designer and KeyShot user Bill Gould is known for his small medical device design and the Edimobile Portable Talking Box he displayed last year. He happened to be exhausted one evening from a difficult medical device project and decided to relax with a bit of retro modern mechanicry. Here are the results...
Bill Gould's Steampunk Table Lamp
Bill used KeyShot 3 for the renderings you'll see below. Here's a little background on the concept.
"My 'Steampunk Table Lamp' is based on the simple premise that the best way to deal with the ever growing nuclear waste crisis is to use it for something practical, like powering lighting fixtures, toasters and flat-screen vision boxes. It also demonstrates the massive amount of infrastructure, engineering and science lies behind our most simple tasks that used to be performed with kerosene and firewood. It does not have a switch, so it can't be turned off for 24,400 years, when it finally dims out."
Bill goes on to mention his thoughts about KeyShot 3...
"...I am totally blown away by the quality end ease of KeyShot 3! Good job!! The depth and density of color, especially in the shadow details, is amazing. Most interesting is that you are almost unaware of KS as you use it, it's that intuitive. The last shot shows how I mapped the five SolidWorks parts for KS. I used a split-line to divide the base so I could properly align the wood grain as it would be in a segmented turning. All materials out-of-the-box, tweaked only for scale."
Bill is right. We did improve the color. As our chief scientist, Henrik Wann Jensen states, "We did indeed add a little magic. The lighting calculation is still the same (as the physics of light has not changed), but we have improved the color mapping of textures to better fit your monitor parameters." That's some good stuff.
Find out more on the forums where Bill posted about his project.