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I can hear CRX voice saying “do it yourself : glow powder, epoxy, drill bits, sandpaper, done”. Big Smile

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iamlucky13 wrote:
Did Neal say anything on his Facebook page or elsewhere about glow-in-the-dark gaskets custom cut to match the Carclo triple optics?

I’ve used these inserts in my D4. The same seller has inserts for Carclo triples that look like they’ll work in the FW3A.

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I can hear CRX voice saying “do it yourself : glow powder, epoxy, drill bits, sandpaper, done”. Big Smile
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Tally-ho wrote:
I can hear CRX voice saying “do it yourself : glow powder, epoxy, drill bits, sandpaper, done”. Big Smile

You know me too well!
I was trying to refrain Big Smile

You can make very cheap versions from the tape.
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/62243

I’m planning on trying some thicker silicone versions.

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Yeah, the price for that gasket is a bit ridiculous.
You can get a 1kg spool of GITD filament for 20-40$. Time is the real cost obviously but that’s a tiny piece.

Let’s see, what’s the volume of that thing…multiply by this, carry to three, deduct that…uhm fuck all is the answer.
In case you’re wondering, we’re talking about less than half a cubic centimeter.
So a spool would net you, idk, 1500pcs or more.

I got curious how much material it would take and how long it would take so…

…I slapped together a representative model of that thing (~20×20×3mm with appropriate holes) and fed it to Cura.
Looks like you could print 56 of them at a time in an Ultimaker 3 and Cura estimates it would take a hair over 3 hours with the default “Fast” profile while using a whopping 32g of material (generic PLA AA 0.8).
And that’s at 0.2mm layer height, with a part like this I would bump it to 0.3mm layer height and have it only take ~2hrs15mins. Or roughly ~2½ minutes a piece.
Dropping the thickness to 2.5mm means it would take only 1hr50mins and use 26g of material.
Sure you can tune it further to save even more time but that’s fast enough.

There are 3D printing factories in China with a room full of printers so you could have a load of these made in no time at all.
Just for the giggles I looked on 3dhubs, punching in Shenzhen and some factory would charge ~800 USD for 999pcs and you could get them by next tuesday.
If some chinese flashlight company would do the ordering, handling, storage, shipping side of things, how much would they charge?
Could they do it for 5$ a piece incl. slow boat shipping?

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On the other hand, Neal might be a few steps ahead of us. *checks his store just in case. Oh well let’s hope that FW3A pic is a sign of things to come!

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For my Emisar D4, I just cut two small strips of GITD tape and put in under the optics in the shape of an X. Seems to work fine. I like the aux led of the D4S. I wish the FW3A had an aux led. GITD doesn’t last all that long.

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Does that GITD tape add any green tint to the light?

From observations of a light with aux LED’s that are probably as bright or brighter than the glow tape:

Probably yes, but only at firefly levels and close ranges, since tape or aux LED’s are not focused by an optic and therefore have minimal throw.

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The glow tape isn’t that green under normal lighting, its usually an “off-white” when I’ve seen it, just like watch lume.

I doubt it would change the tint much, especially when its placed under the business end of the optics where not very much light should be shining at it.

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Anyone with a 3D printer willing to mass produce these GITD gaskets? They will sell like hot cakes for triple and quad carclos!

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teacher wrote:
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these what I have found, turbo glow gasket !
Those look good!! Beer . Nice & thick too.
The price is nice & thick too Facepalm

$25. 

Whut?? Shocked

Where did you get that price?? Shocked . Neal didn’t post a price did he?
Hopefully that is a typo or something.

That is outrageous it seems…. Facepalm

Price is $12-$15
I am talking with the manufacturer to get better price

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What is the backlog on shipping? Ordered it last week heard nothing so far Sad

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@ttylamg, it’s called Worker’s holiday.

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What is the backlog on shipping? Ordered it last week heard nothing so far Sad

800pcs 3D already shipped.
Lumintop will ship me 300pcs 7A to me today

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I’m having a slight issue with my light and I can’t seem to figure it out. For some reason, while I’m ramping up in the smooth ramp mode, sometimes it will just abruptly stop and shut completely off. Anyone got any ideas what I’m doing wrong? Here’s a video of what it’s doing https://giphy.com/gifs/ekvkxmNAyZY6Wk4AVW

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@Toykeeper, do you think I’d say something like that without any certainty?

… am I a bad person if I say yes?*

I mentioned that not even Neal knows because of a message he sent me yesterday. I’d rather not go into detail, but it’s definitely not certain yet.

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@Toykeeper, I was certain until Neal said the same thing to me too, via someone else of course.

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KawiBoy1428 wrote:

Now I’m tempted to sandpaper and polish a FW3A. It’d make the flat areas and high spots shiny silver while leaving darker ano color in the low areas.

But it’d look better if it had started with black anodizing. More contrast.

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Shadowcactus wrote:
I’m having a slight issue with my light and I can’t seem to figure it out. For some reason, while I’m ramping up in the smooth ramp mode, sometimes it will just abruptly stop and shut completely off. Anyone got any ideas what I’m doing wrong?

That’s the main symptom of a switch tube contact issue. I haven’t seen it happen on my production sample, but I know the issue well from seeing it on earlier prototypes.

Loosen the tail a bit, loosen the head, then tighten the tail as much as you can, then tighten the head. The issue should go away.

If the issue returns, loosen the head, tighten the tail again as much as you can, then tighten the head. Try to keep the tail as tight as possible. And always tighten it tail-first.

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Thanks Toykeeper, that seems to have done the trick!

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Neal wrote:
teacher wrote:
Nev wrote:

teacher wrote:
Neal wrote:
these what I have found, turbo glow gasket !
Those look good!! Beer . Nice & thick too.
The price is nice & thick too Facepalm

$25. 

Whut?? Shocked

Where did you get that price?? Shocked . Neal didn’t post a price did he?
Hopefully that is a typo or something.

That is outrageous it seems…. Facepalm

Price is $12-$15
I am talking with the manufacturer to get better price
Thanks for the info Neal, that is starting to sound much better. Thumbs Up

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@Toykeeper, I was certain until Neal said the same thing to me too, via someone else of course.

Yes, but feeling certain isn’t the same thing as having accurate information. There’s a reason why there are so many adages and quotes about certainty, like counting chickens before they hatch.


Some of the quotes in that link above, for my own reference:
(yes, sometimes I write text in invisible blocks… Pbtbtbt!)

“If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.”
― Francis Bacon, The Oxford Francis Bacon IV: The Advancement of Learning

“I like the scientific spirit—the holding off, the being sure but not too sure, the willingness to surrender ideas when the evidence is against them: this is ultimately fine—it always keeps the way beyond open—always gives life, thought, affection, the whole man, a chance to try over again after a mistake—after a wrong guess.”
― Walt Whitman, Walt Whitman’s Camden Conversations

“In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”
― Bertrand Russell

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.”
― Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

“I believe in intuitions and inspirations…I sometimes FEEL that I am right. I do not KNOW that I am.”
― Albert Einstein

“To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

“A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.”
― Rudyard Kipling, Plain Tales from the Hills

“…but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
― Benjamin Franklin

“I imagine that the intelligent people are the ones so intelligent that they don’t even need or want to look ‘intelligent’ anymore.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy

“Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on “I am not too sure.”
― H.L. Mencken

“In our reasonings concerning matter of fact, there are all imaginable degrees of assurance, from the highest certainty to the lowest species of moral evidence. A wise man, therefore, proportions his belief to the evidence.”
― David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

“Positive, adj.: Mistaken at the top of one’s voice.”
― Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary

“At the core of all well-founded belief lies belief that is unfounded.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein, On Certainty

“There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing.”
― Robert Burns, Collected Poems of Robert Burns

“The human spirit glows from that small inner light of doubt whether we are right, while those who believe with certainty that they possess the right are dark inside and darken the world outside with cruelty, pain, and injustice.”
― Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals

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In other words….

ToyKeeper wrote:

Please don’t announce things which aren’t confirmed.

You never know how a horse will pull until you hook him up to a heavy load./"Bear" Bryant 

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and i looked into the “nubbie situation” (and found something new)


 

How about a dab of quality rubber cement for the nub?
It will remain flexible as opposed to the rigidity of cured superglue.
A dot under the nub, and a thin smear over the sides and surface would create a cocoon for that little nub to live in for good.

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Hmm, looks like I could fit about 57 20mm cylinders on my build plate, perhaps more if I crowd them in manually.
Estimated time of around 3 hours per plate.
My filament supplier has gitd on hand, I could pick it up tomorrow.

But on the other hand, PLA has a lower melting point than silicone, I was able to soften the top of a broken print with my D4 in around a minute.
This could melt inside of a light.

Is a 3d-printed gasket appealing?

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http://stronglightsllc.com/glow-gaskets-triple-led/ is another place with gitd stuff that might work…

nvm bad brain day

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Guys and gals, I have received my units. All are in perfect order and working. I just wanted to say the wait was worth it. ALL OF YOU DID AN AMAZING JOB ON THIS LIGHT!!!!!

Side note – ordered 30q’s with mine. Anyone else’s come bone dead and have to revive them? Lol

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Of course you have to charge them.

There are multiple reasons for coming close to dead during shipping:

1. Less energy stored = less risks for damage in an absolute worst case.
2. Lower voltage = lower self-discharge and better cycle life.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
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BlueSwordM wrote:
Of course you have to charge them.

There are multiple reasons for coming close to dead during shipping:

1. Less energy stored = less risks for damage in an absolute worst case.
2. Lower voltage = lower self-discharge and better cycle life.

Yes of course I have to charge them………… _

Maybe bone dead wasn’t specific enough. My charger had to do it’s revive cycle on them to get them going. Took about 5-6 hours to get them about 75% charge as it had to do alot of trickle charging. My previous 40+ units of 30q’s came about 20% charged. Again just wondering if this was just me. Not complaining just asking a question that doesn’t need a smartass response.

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Ah ok.

Must have been around 2,5-3,0V.

Absolute perfect for shipping, but not too smart for storage.

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