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3D printed articulating LED lamp

by igorF2, published

3D printed articulating LED lamp by igorF2 Aug 29, 2017

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Higher Education

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Fusion 360

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Runner up winner of Instructables Plastics Contest!
https://www.instructables.com/contest/plastics/

*** Update (26/09/2017): New thing files added:

  • Arms with three different sizes: 100, 140 and 200 mm
  • New arm type: mixed arm design (hole at one end and a stud at the other). With this you can extend the reach of the lamp one arm at a time (rather than needing a pair of arms). This may replace the other two types of arms (male and female).

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Having good lighting at your desk or at a reading location is essential for your visual comfort and the health of your eyes. Although, it is not always possible to find a lamp of your liking, or that does not occupy much space on your desk, limiting your work area. In project I made a 3D printed articulating lamp, which can be configured according to your needs.

Possibly the final product will be more expensive than ordinary lamps that you will find in stores. But none will be configurable like this, nor will will let you be proud to say that you did it by yourself! If you have a 3D printer or have access to one in your hacker/maker space, this is an interesting and useful project to equip your workshop and practice your 3D printing and modeling skills.
Adapted from Kenneth awesome Articulating, Wall-Mounted, Magnetic Phone Mount design into an articulating wall mounted LED lamp.
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2448971

Full instructions at:
https://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Printed-Articulating-LED-Lamp

Be careful when working with electricity. Make sure there is no short circuit and just try to connect to the electrical power plug after making sure that all components are properly connected and double insulated. If you don't have enough experience working with electricity, as for others help.
Don't touch any exposed wire or any metal part of the LED lamp after it's energized! Some LED spots have a metal heat sink. Avoid touching that part when the lamp is on!
Once there are exposed wires, it's not recommend to use it places accessible to children or animals. Under no circunstances use it close to wet surfaces!

It's and experimental design, so you might use it with caution.

Print Settings

Printer:

Voolt3D

Rafts:

No

Supports:

Yes

Resolution:

0.2 mm

Infill:

20%


Notes:

Only the lamp holder part needed supports.

Full instructions at: https://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Printed-Articulating-LED-Lamp

Post-Printing

I used a LED spotlight similar to this one:
http://bit.ly/2fAancq
http://bit.ly/2yevGrP
Don't forget to check its voltage.

Be careful when working with electricity. Make sure there is no short circuit and just try to connect to the electrical power plug after making sure that all components are properly connected and double insulated. If you don't have enough experience working with electricity, as for others help.
Don't touch any exposed wire or any metal part of the LED lamp after it's energized! Some LED spots have a metal heat sink. Avoid touching that part when the lamp is on!
Once there are exposed wires, it's not recommend to use it places accessible to children or animals. Under no circunstances use it close to wet surfaces!

It's and experimental design, so you might use it with caution!

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What thread have you used ? I printed it at 20% infill and the thread sheared off. I will re-use the knobs and reprint some bolts.

Hi there. I used an ISO Metric Trapezoidal Thread, 14.0 mm, TR14x3 class 7e, right hand. I hope it helps.

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Awesome design!

Thank you for sharing.
Have tipped for your efforts.

Love the way we can share designs using these forums!

:-)

Thank you very much! :D
Your tip is very much appreciated! It motivates me to design and share new things!

hey there :) is there any way we can get an arm that has 1 end flat ( like normal) and the other end twisted 90 degrees? or have an arm that articulates to up/down/left/right sortof like the wall mount section?

I can try to do that. :)
What do you think it would be better?

  • an arm with its ends twisted by 90 degrees
  • or a small link with this 90 degrees twist (for the connection of a larger arm on each end)

Hi igorF2 mate fantastic work, I was looking at the Articulating, Wall-Mounted, Magnetic Phone Mount ( https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2448971/#comments ) I thought about your design for the phone as well and it seems your design on the mounting base is much better, instead of bolted to the wall. Do you think is possible if you can design this somehow to mount a phone, or share Fusion 360 file I would like to modify it for the phone.

Articulating, Wall-Mounted, Magnetic Phone Mount

I can help for sure. :)
Please send me a message with the description of what you need and I'll try to make it for you.

This looks like a fantastic project and it could even be a lot better if you would change the licence to one that is compatible with Open Hardware. Unfortunately, non-commercial licences do NOT WORK in a hardware context to open up a project (see http://www.ladyada.net/library/openhardware/license.html and https://www.oshwa.org/sharing-best-practices/). It would be fantastic to see you reconsider! thumbs up

Thanks, Tobias.
I'll read the articles you suggested and think about it... :D

Thanks Man, great job.
I have printed 8 of these to go in my shed, just waiting on some solid state relays to arrive to control them all with.

Great, Ray! Please post some pictures of your Make. ;D
I'm working on some improvements (cable holders, longer/shorter arms, etc.). Please let me know if you have suggestions or if there are things you think I should fix on the design. And take care when working with electricity, ok?

They are not up yet but will get a pic up when complete. I m not sure is cable management is required as you can just cable tie onto the arms.

On my first one i did print 2 extra arms to extend it then realised that it will probably be too long.

I think a box that can be clipped onto the arms to put the terminal block would good so there is no live points exposed.

I've just added some modifications: three sizes for each arm (100, 140 and 200 mm).
Also added a new type (with a stud and one end and a hole at the other). This way you can extend your lamp's arm length with only one additional part.
I hope it helps.

Thanks for the advices! I'm looking forward to see your lamps. :)

Regarding the problem you're having with the lenght, I'm designing longer and shorter arms. The current one has 140 mm, and I'll add 200mm and 80mm ones. I'll also add a new kind of arm with a hole on one side and a stud on the other.

Updates coming soon. :)

Gotta love you crammed that gearbest ad in there. What did you get for that? Filament? Printer? Cash?

I would like to know how much time did it take to print the whole part

It will depend on your printer and the resolution used. I printed it in 0.2mm resolution and it took me around 8 hours to print the hole lamp (all the 10 parts).

What is the lamp bulb you used for this? I'd like to stay true to the project. Thanks, Dave

I used a 5W LED spotlight with a GU10 socket, similart to those ones:
http://bit.ly/2fAancq
http://bit.ly/2yevGrP

I'm not sure about the exact manufacturer/model of the one I used. You can find it in hardware stores.

Please be carefull when working with electricity. It might be dangerous. Some of those connectors and LED bulbs might have exposed metal parts! Don't touch it's energized and keep it out of reach from children or pets. Make sure that everything is perfectly isolated beforing turning it on.
If you have no experience working with electricity, ask for help of any one with experience, or use lower voltages (e.g. 5V LEDs).

so like 300 for diagonal mm

I've just added some modifications: three sizes for each arm (100, 140 and 200 mm).
Also added a new type (with a stud and one end and a hole at the other). This way you can extend your lamp's arm length with only one additional part.
I hope it helps.

I'll design a model with longer arms and add its stl files.

i dont know my printer is like 220mm by 220mm

would it work if scaled up say to 200%

It would possibly be printable, but the connection to external components (bolts for attaching it to the wall, lamp and its connector) won't work anymore.
Your intention is to create longer arms for the lamp?

I see you posted the link for the LED however I am only seeing the light bulb. Is there a socket with a cord that you used?

I used a GU10 connector: http://bit.ly/2yevGrP
You can find it in hardware stores.
Please be carefull when working with electricity! It might be dangerous. Some of those connectors and LED bulbs might have exposed metal parts! Don't touch it's energized and keep it out of reach from children or pets. Make sure that everything is perfectly isolated beforing turning it on.
If you have no experience working with electricity, ask for help of any one with experience, or use lower voltages (e.g. 5V LEDs).

Thanks a lot! I will be careful. Lots of experience building printers

Great! Don't forget to show me a picture when it's ready! :D

Congrats on getting featured. :)

Thanks! Your design is getting new remixes :D

Hey, I consider it a big win for you and a small win for me. Your design definitely looks a lot sleeker; I just gave you a small starting point. I'll take whatever remixes you have planned.

What's that LED robot face thingy on your desk? It's cute ;-)

Thanks! It's other of my projects, a robot I'm currently designing. :D

You can find more in the following links:
https://hackaday.io/project/12873-rob-da-alegria-joy-robot
https://www.facebook.com/robodaalegria/

I made a tinny miniature of it, but now I'm printing the full size robot!
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2412138

Joy Robot Miniature (Miniatura do Robô da Alegria)
by igorF2

O wow! Cool project ;-)

I want to use this in my workshop that has 45 degree french cleats. I wonder how challenging it would be to modify the part to work for that.

I thing it might be easy. If you inform me the dimensions I can try to make it for you. :)

You do know the kitten wheelchair is gonna win, right?

I still voted for your Instructable anyway. :)

Lol! I and my two kittens voted in this wheelchair too!
Thanks for yout vote! :D

Parabéns Igor! Excelente trabalho digno de aparecer nos destaques! Continue sempre com essa criatividade e espírito de compartilhamento. Abraço!

Muito obrigado pelos elogios, Ailton! :D

Very nice design here. I will probably make one for my desk.

Out of curiosity what is the middle book that is in the picture with the 3 books. I can see the books on each end, but not the middle one. I like reading new books on these topics.

Thanks, Dennis! Please share it if you make it. I want to see if it works for you too! :D

The book in the middle is called "The Maker's Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse: Defend Your Base with Simple Circuits, Arduino, and Raspberry Pi". It's focused on electronics and it's a very a fun reading!

https://www.amazon.com.br/Makers-Guide-Zombie-Apocalypse-Raspberry/dp/1593276672

Your Welcome. I will be sure to share it if I make it, I always do, it is the right thing to do.

Thanks for the name of the book.

I decided to move forward and make this.

I have shared it here: https://www.thingiverse.com/make:387001

3D printed articulating LED lamp

Awesome! Great colors! :D

What about using Constant Force Joints, like https://bornity.com/constant-force-joints

It would take more hardware but might be an interesting application.

It seems great! Maybe I can used it later designs.
Thanks for the advice.

Some way to manage the cable (like a clip that holds to the arms eg.) would be a nice add!

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll think of a way to add a cable tray.

If there a different design for it to adapt where it holds itself up? I don't think lots of people have areas to mount like your wall.

Hi there. Thanks for your comment. :)
I thought the same: most of the people won't have the same structure I have (a wood panel with a gap) for attaching the lamp to the wall.
So the wall mount part stl file I uploaded is quite different from the one of the pictures. It's simple, and it can be attached to the wall by using two ordinary screws. You can see it in 9th picture.

But I liked your idea: designing different supports for other surfaces. A base for installing it on a desk for instance.
One more thing for the to do list! :D

Yeah, clamp mount for a table edge would be a good addition to this project.

Looks good but where is the lamp itself available?

Thanks, Armando! You can find the LED spotlight in electrical hardware stores, or buy it online.
I bought mine on a hardware store, but you can find it on eBay too (seach for LED spotlight G10):

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=LED+spotlight+bulb&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR3.TRC1.A0.H0.XGU10+LED+spotlight+bulb.TRS0&_nkw=GU10+LED+spotlight+bulb&_sacat=0

http://bit.ly/2wihNeJ

Looks good. I may be in the market to build an articulating lamp here soon. I just may have to use your design.

Thanks doctriam! I'm glad you enjoyed it, especially since the project came from a remix of your phone mount. Great job, by the way! :D

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