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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,

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.

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.

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,

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.