Artichoke Lamp Shade Modification: Design Hacks

Article by Brandon Harris on Dec 29, 2020

While exploring, I found a file I wanted to 3D print, an Artichoke Lamp Shade by gCreate. It would fit well in my home, but I had a few issues with the model. One problem I had was that it is too large for my 3D printer, and because of this, I needed to split it into individual pieces.

3D Printed Artichoke Lamp Shade

Figure 1 – Model found on

After considering my options, I decided that instead of modifying the file as was my initial intention, it would be better to use the file as a template and recreate the pieces I wanted and modify them as needed.  

For this model, I noticed there are seven different ‘scales’ that were each patterned six times around a central axis. So, I only needed to model the seven scales. After a few failed attempts to model them, I found a method that worked well. Using SOLIDWORKS, I generated a Reference Plane that bisected a set of scales and used an intersection curve to get a profile to use with an Extrude

After getting the proper shape of the scales, I was free to make the changes I wanted and added structures to attach them. Once I was happy with the results, I used the Save Bodies command to create new parts from each of the scales.  

To add more style to my 3D printed parts, I included a gold leaf to the inner surface of each scale, which would have been impossible if it had been printed in one piece.  

Artichoke Lamp Shade CAD Model

Figure 2 – Modeled scales

One of the things I love about the Maker community is that there are so many talented people who share their work on websites like I have loaded my version of this model back to so that others will be able to further enjoy these models for free. You can get a copy of my files here

Custom 3D Printed Artichoke Lamp Shade GoEngineer

Check out more design hacks using SOLIDWORKS and 3D printing on our YouTube Channel and in some of the articles below.

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About Brandon Harris

Brandon is a BYU-Idaho graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is an avid tinkerer, and consummate rapid prototype hobbyist with prior experience designing for the Architectural/Construction industry. Brandon is part of the technical support team for GoEngineer serving as a PDM specialist since August 2018.

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