December 27, 2012 AT 4:00 am

Failed Spiral Light Prototype #3dthursday


While it doesn’t always work out, sometimes it is still worth quickly implementing your idea, producing a prototype, and trying it out. I think too often we just share our completed projects and forget to remind people that desktop 3D printers can be low-cost rapid prototypers, a means to quickly get your model in the physical world so that you can get real world feedback. From John Chan:

Yesterday I put my printer platform on heat without realizing that I actually didn’t have anything to print… so I had to quickly knock up a ‘spiral’ lamp where I could slide in some addressable LED strip.  Didn’t quite work out as it was too tight a fit, managed to only pass in 7 LEDs out of 30 before it got stuck.  The diffusion isn’t bad but could be better if I put the LED’s back a bit more.  Oh well, not bad for 10 min CAD effort 🙂

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