Project ShadowCast

By Harit Lad and William Selviz

It started off as a way to bring recursive patterns into our everyday lives by creating fractal inspired Christmas ornaments. We then realized that in order to provide some uniqueness to our idea, some tweaks needed to be made. From there, we explored the options of applying fractals in our own way to three-dimensional items; so we experimented with our 3D printed prototypes. We thought about the introduction of light into our project and concluded that a hollow shape would suit the addition of light better. Lastly, we decided upon creating a laser cut, self-generated algorithmic pattern inspired, mood lamp that creates interesting shadows when lit in a dark environment.

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Final project video can be found here

Parts/equipment list:

  • 3d printer
  • ¼ inch plywood
  • 30 led neopixel strip
  • Arduino Uno
  • Empty water bottle
  • Plastic bag diffuser


  • Cinema 4D
  • Fusion 360
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Arduino

Code: The code can be found here

Design Files: The design files can be found here

Process Journal:

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