16 January 2008

3D Challenge #024 - Floor lamp

Note: Please read the guidelines for participating in the challenge. The purpose of the challenge is to have fun and bring SketchUp users together and help each other learn and get better at using our favorite 3d modeling program. We will remove comments that are objectionable or offensive.

This week's challenge:

Floor lamp

This week's challenge is an indispensable piece of furniture for every living-room, the floor lamp. It's main purpose is of course to illuminate a space, but it can do that in many different ways. The floor lamp can be used as an accent light, a reading light or to create a specific atmosphere in the room. These differences are determined by the used lights and the overall design of the lamp. The design also determines if it's just a functional piece of furniture or an object of art in the living-room. For this challenge, the only rule is that the lamp must be placed on the ground, as we are creating a floor lamp. With a rather small object this challenge, there's lots of time to spend on the small details of your lamp.

Good luck ALL!

3d Warehouse tag: 3d challenge 024

Due Date: Wed, Jan 23 (Challenge closed)

Click here to see the submitted models for this challenge.

"DNAIx" Floor Lamp by DesignsbyALX

2 nd Place
Wooden Lamp by DALEXD

3 rd place
Crazy Lamp by Crazy Eyes

Congrats to ALL !!!


  1. General notes:

    Remember to post a link to your model in the 3D Warehouse on the blog, so everybody knows you submitted it. You can use the hyperlink code creater on the frontpage of the blog to create the code for a hyperlink in your message. Copy this code and paste it in the comment box on the place where your want the hyperlink to be. More information about participating with the challenges and uploading models to the Warehouse can be found in the "3D Challenge participation manual" in the useful links section on the frontpage of the blog.

    Challenge suggestions are welcome to be placed on the blog. Items will be noted and compiled on the moderator’s list. At that point, the initial comment for the suggestion may be deleted so as to maintain a streamline challenge thread for use of posting entries for the challenge and comments to models. Challenge suggestions have always been welcomed and taken under consideration.

    Good luck with the challenge...

  2. http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=50bc37f959456aa96eeda747c4e2eca2

  3. Heyyyy, let's compete! Here's my entry; http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=2c33945f14dd08427bf7115af47e66c7

    I was inspired by the connection between light and life...
    It evolved to this!

  4. Not sure if this is the right place, but I didn't see anyplace else.

    I've read the "manual" and "common mistakes" PDFs, but I'm not sure about a couple of things.

    1) Who or what judges the entries. Is it the votes with the radio buttons to the right? Or is there somebody else out there making a decision?

    2) I read in the blog that the models are judged without textures Does that mean without "materials", without "watermarks" or with colors but without using graphics as materials or what?

    3) If graphics as materials or watermarks are allowed, are we allowed to use the standard ones which come with SU, or can we create our own, or can we use art created by others?

    4) What'cha get if you win? A good feeling is great, but is there more to this?


  5. http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=67346d062795bd4b86dcab7348bdc81

  6. The less expensive floor lamp I can imagine. I wish it could partecipate to this challenge.
    Work is still in progress.

    Basic lamp
    Image gallery

  7. Can I just say that I'm very dissapointed...

    I really wanted to model a tank!! Only 5 more votes and we'd be modeling unstoppable war machines.

    But I suppose a cheap ikea floor lamp is just as fun.


    Also, I noticed that over 130 people voted. 50+ for just the floor lamp. Wouldn't you expect at least 50 submissions then? Just a thought... Wondering who all these people are that vote but dont join in on the fun.

  8. Working a night shift tonight, so I have time to make another lamp to enter. Butterfly Lamp

  9. Well I made my lamp. Tried to go for something retro 80 style. Enjoy

    Retro halogen floor lamp


  10. Hello, I have not entered in a long time so I thought I should join in the fun.

    Link: http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=b7edb9b24a373477581368ceb1039272

  11. @SchreiberBike: Sorry for the rather late response, but I'll try to answer your questions.

    1) It's the community who judges the entries. In the very beginning on the old forum it was judged by a "jury" but it was to time consumming this way. From that point, we decided to make the judging by the community. Indeed with the voting poll on the front page.

    2) You are allowed to use whatever materials or images you like, but the geometry of your model is what these challenges are about. That's why we want everybody to judge without textures. You should view a model in monochrome mode (view => face style => monochrome) with only the 2 basic colors from sketchup.

    3) As said before, all textures or materials are allowed, unless the main challenge post says otherwise. This includes the standard SU materials or imported materials. Remember that imported images highly influence the model file size if not done properly.

    4) Currently there is no price besides a bit of world wide fame. In the beginning we had a pair of Sketchup socks as price, but there were to many problems getting the price to the winners as they had to be send worldwide.

    @Chris Bence: I can imagine that you are dissapointed as I sometimes also wanted a different subject for the challenge (allthough I control them for a part), but we do stick to the poll result as much as possible. We only try to direct it a bit by the options you can choose from, to vary enough in the type of subjects. Besides, all poll results are stored and the subjects of old polls might be re-used in the future. Further I would like to say that if you really want to model a tank, what's holding you? These challenges are about learning how to model with sketchup. In my opinion the only way to do this is by lot's and lot's of practise. If you only make cars, weapons, houses or any other category you'll be dealing with the same modeling problems over and over. By differentiating the subject, you will be confronted with new problems and discover many new modeling techniques to create any shape you want. In my opinion this is the best way to learn how to model...


  12. http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=e177c8a410c9cac4313b177827f3d613

  13. http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=5957ceacd9a2e66ff58f794cb2f94880

  14. This is my very first Sketchup model I've entered. Click here to see it (I hope).

  15. My first model

  16. Here is my other model

  17. thanks jm@n. I think I'm going to go for some "world wide fame", but maybe I'll look into ordering some SketchUp socks.

  18. My third model

  19. Im surprised - no GIANT Lava Lamp yet??


  20. Lava Lamp

    This is a lava lamp,
    bubble lamp

    This has a design of brightness,

    Tree Lamp

    Branching out to new ideas,

    Jeff Myers Lamp

    Is my version of a typical floor lamp.

  21. Floor Lamp Dining Table

    This would be considered both but I am calling it a Floor Lamp with dining table

  22. Someone help me, i know how to sketchup, but i'm having problems with posting my models in google earth... Some models in some collections are posted in earth by a blue house symbol, how can i achieve this? Tnx, ALX

  23. Designsbyalx, just contact me at ff@q.com with your question and I'll be glad to help you anytime. ;-)

  24. My lavalamp

  25. Bill Breen
    Floor light pipe desisn

    Bill Breen

  26. http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=935a5b22007014838047317417e6f5d7&prevstart=36

    Great Challenge and great submissions!

    Here is a link to a Picture with some called out detail.


  27. Torchiere Lamp
    Thought this was a cool classical lamp. Plus it was fun to play with the rendering. The render was done in Kerkythea using point lights within the lamp and translucent materials for the shade and globe.

    Render done in Kerkythea

    Torchiere Lamp Model

    Almost forgot, the painting in the render is not mine and should not be considered part of the model. I got it from the warehouse, and just added it to the render for some ambiance.


  28. My first attempt:

  29. Here's my submission for the 3D Challenge #024:

    Floor Lamp for 3D Challenge

  30. Hi, My model for the floor lamp contest will not load onto the warehouse, even after trying everything I can think of.
    This is a link to the picture i've posted of the model: http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=a6759e0b6507adbf9231a4e0be84e729

    If you have any Ideas, please let me know in a review of my lamp. thank you.

  31. Heres a link to my lamp on 3d warehouse.


  32. http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=f7bf4f992b943ccf9c57540e9656c0aa

    my updated version, the other one is out...

  33. I made this lamp well before the contest closed. Did not realize you had to put a link until I checked my often not checked gmail account

    Pottery Barn Inspired Lamp: http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=61866ae045cc16d4ae6ceca9186d1510

  34. Thanks for the render FlagFreak!


  35. Hi,

    This is my entry for the SketchUp 3d Floor lamp Challenge! The floorlamp is built out of ordinary lightbulbs, all this in the shape of one large lightbulb. The dimensions are accurate, the standard man is included to show this.

    Here's my link:

    Unfortunately i saw the reminder to post the link here too late....

  36. I made some minor changes to the Slot Cutting Jig for my Frank Lloyd Wright Lamp which shows how to do a part of the construction of the lamp. Hope that doesn't knock me out of the contest, but I didn't want an error to stand in the model.

  37. http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=23a4572a96dda133d624bbdc22e247c8
    this is my entry.

  38. http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=23a4572a96dda133d624bbdc22e247c8
    this is my entry.

  39. Why didn't my model, entitled beehive lamp, appear in the voting section, but it appears in the model collection. If anyone is reading this blog, then please tell me. My model took a while, and I would like for it to have a chance to be voted on. Thanks

  40. Can someone tell me why 60 people voted for the new challenge, and only 38 people rated our models?

  41. @pattypackrat: Your model probably was not taken into the voting poll because of an incomplete submission before the deadline. For a submission you have to put your model on the warehouse with the proper tag (you did that right as far as I can see) AND you have to put a link to your model on the blog. You did post a link (next time please use a hyperlink), but 3 days after the challenge closed instead of before the deadline. These polls are created shortly after the challenge close. Once somebody voted in the poll, they can't be changed anymore (so nobody can be added) because of software limitations from the blog.

    @DesignsbyALX: There are several reasons why there are less votes. First, it's an open blog where nobody is forced to vote. Secondly, the poll is not closed for a few days, so any conclusions are a bit premature.