Grain Lighting is a company based in Oakland, CA that is working on creating alternative, atmospheric lighting. Earlier this year, CEO Robert and Industrial Designer Marc decided to invest in a 3D printer.
The office next door to theirs purchased a Makerbot Replicator, which Marc began using.
"I’ve been skeptical of 3D printing from the beginning, especially with the Makerbot. It seemed like a cool concept, but in practice, it seemed like a toy," said Robert.
Prior to 3D printing, Grain Lighting had been creating models using bamboo, which was a time-consuming and costly process. They turned to 3D printing for the creation of model parts, and realized that they should get one of their own.