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Anet A8 LED Light Mount and Diffuser

by StreetMaker Feb 24, 2017
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You have a littel gap between the arms for the top mount, see pic:

Did you have trouble printing the design?

Can you update the link for the LEDs? I think this looks gorgeous and it immediately got bumped to the top of my list.

Thank you for making me aware the link no longer worked. I have removed the link and updated the Thing Details - Summary with the relevant information.

Happy Printing,
StreetMaker

What size strips are these for?

9.8 x 0.6 x 0.4 inches

There is a link in the summary that lists all the details of the LEDs.

Hi,
I love your design and the way you use PLA in order to difusse the light.
I have a request. Is is possible to show/explain the electrical connections?
Thanks in advance.

I pull power from a mosfet (know the voltage your LEDs require), I used Anet A8 Dual Mosfet Mount by NetMagi.

Anet A8 Dual Mosfet Mount
by NetMagi

Sorry but did you wired the led strip directrly on the mosfet ? if yes , bed mosfet or end mosfet ?

The LEDs get their power from the end mosfet and are signaled to turn on or off by a raspberry pi running OctoPrint.

OK thanks , i use the raspberry with octoprint too , how can you turn on/off the leds from octoprint ?

I use an OctoPrint plugin called LED Strip Control

Ok thanks , but if the strip is wired on the mosfet and not on the raspberry , how can he controlor the leds ?

Ps : i wires the strip directrly on the psu.

The LEDs are powered through the mosfet and are switched via the OctoPrint plugin LED Strip Control - https://plugins.octoprint.org/plugins/ledstripcontrol

Oh ok thanks so so much !!

Your very welcome!
Happy Printing

Hi its me again ahaha , sorry for trouble you again , i'm still powering the leds from the power supply but i wanted to make the upgrade to the octoprint like we said but i still didint understand if i have to wire the strip on "+ DC IN -" or " HOT BED " in the hot end mosfet .

Thanks for the help , if I have not explained well please look at this picture

I've wired mine to DC IN

Thanks I will try do the same thanks so much

The download link does not work for me.... have I missed something??

Thank you for the comment, I reloaded the files hopefully it will work for you now. Not sure what happened but it may explain why I had ~5000 downloads without ~5000 views in one day.

Great concept.
I like how you chose to use the plastic to diffuse the LED light. What type of material/color did you use?
I've been thinking about adding some lights to the machine too, I would rather have them nearby the hot end, otherwise the extrider/hotend casts a deep shadow over the print especially in the beginning, just when you really want to see. I haven't found any clever way of putting it there (on the x carriage) with the fan duct and all.

Gluing at the crossection is rather strange, in my experience it's next to impossible to make it stick. Why not go with a slot in rail or similar? Even couple of centimeters overlap will hold well, it can be glued or kept modular, will work either way.

Anverx,
I printed with 3D Solutech Natural Clear PLA.
The LEDS show the print well from the start since there is 3 strips of LEDs shadows are not too big of a deal. I do agree having lights on the carriage would be ideal, but I couldn't figure it out either.

The way the pieces are glued is more for alignment and really do not need to be that strong. I started my design with a rabbit on each end to help glue the joint together, in the end the diffuser is so thin it didn't work and I didn't want an over lap that would of diffused the light more at the joint. If you follow the tape technique I laid out, it glues together very well with CA glue as long as you sand the ends first.

Thank you for your comment
Happy Printing,
StreetMaker

You have almost convinced me ;)
Coincidentally a roll of natural PLA arrived today, gotta print a small section to see how it plays with the LEDS.