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McDonald’s relies on 3D printing for lighting concepts in shops

McDonald’s has developed a new lighting concept based on 3D printing technology in collaboration with Philips MyCreation. The fast food chain plans to roll out these lights in over 100 countries.

The project arose from the search for a customised lighting solution that conventional manufacturing methods could not realise. Marc Pochert, Senior Director of Global Design Integration at McDonald’s, explains that the original idea of a hemispherical, velvet-like shimmering pendant luminaire with complex surface patterns was initially considered unrealisable.

Philips MyCreation, a division of the Philips technology group specialising in sustainable 3D-printed lighting solutions, was able to overcome the challenge. After just two iterations of 3D-printed samples, a design was found that met McDonald’s expectations.

The development and validation of the final design took just three months. The 3D-printed luminaires not only fulfil the aesthetic requirements, but also support McDonald’s sustainability goals. The company aims to reduce its carbon footprint by 60% by 2030.

Philips MyCreation uses at least 55% recycled or bio-based plastics for production. In addition, decentralised production close to the place of use enables shorter transport routes and reduces inventories through on-demand production.

Philips MyCreation has already realised other innovative lighting solutions, including projects for Milan Design Week 2024, SeaWorld Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and the Dutch supermarket chain PLUS.

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