Wassup Community Here’s a little inspiration project to get you thinking and making for future projects. I will be talking about my light bulb and stand I 3D Printed, I also added some red LED’s inside to give it more of an extraordinary feel – because ordinary bulbs just ain’t that fun!
Truth be told, I was learning as I was progressing through this project. I know that the bulb I found off Thingiverse needed a part to hold the LEDs in, so I took to Tinkercad to play around a bit and see what I could come up with as I am still a beginner. I ended up adding a tube-like structure into the center of the bulb to house the LEDs as it was not a hollow design.
After I was happy with the adjustments, I started to test print it on our CR-20. I used vase mode with 2 outer shells/perimeters as I wanted an almost transparent look, even though it’s not fully achievable with clear filament. The only downfall of doing so was the gaps and rough edging created towards the end of the bulb. So, the only way to resolve this was to add more outer shells. Also, note that not all standard bulbs are the same size, I realized my stand was a tad too small and yet again Tinkercad saved the day, to make it taller and sturdier💪🏼
So now that my intro is out of the way, lets get you sorted. Here’s what you’ll need.
The modified files have already been edited and should fit together as described in this project. You will need to gather all your products, tools and equipment to get started on the assembling. This list is what I used to complete the project.
Light Bulb Vase Stand by Paul126
3D Printed Light Bulb by 3DPrinterNinja
3D Printed Light Bulb and Stand
Please note; I did have some help from the DIYElectronics workshop team. As I had a bunch to learn about 3D Printing and Electronics.
Light bulb print settings:
Nozzle Temp: 210oC
Bed Temp: 65oC
Stand print settings:
Nozzle Temp: 210oC
Bed Temp: 65oC
- Pre-heat your solder iron to the above melting point. Measure out the length of LED strip you want inside the bulb. Once the soldering iron is heated grab a piece of solder flux core and add solder to the tips of the wires on the LED strip light. Do the same on the booster module where the wires would go.
- Now you can melt the wires to the booster module, make sure your positive to negative placement is correct.
- Set aside the electronics and screw the bulb into the stand from the bottom up.
- Fold the led strip light into half for double light exposure and place into the bulb. To secure everything, glue down the wires and booster module to the back of the stand.
- Lastly, you can use a Micro USB charging cable and adapter to power up the bulb but because I have designed this for the office workspace I have connected the cable to my PC to power it up.
What started as a project I thought would be fairly straightforward turned into a great learning experience. Even though I encountered every 3D Printer problem you can imagine I am still thrilled with the result. Overall I enjoyed making and learning throughout this project. If you as a reader have any suggestions or tips for me please feel free to leave a comment below.
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Ciao for now,