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Old Lumens Flashlight Modders & Builders Challenge 2019

 

Hello everyone!

It's time to take up the flashlight building challenge and show us what you can come up with!

This years Old Lumens BLF Contest runs from 17/09/19 to 29/02/20 (UTC).

 

All skill levels are very welcome and you may enter into only one of the three categories below with a single build or matching set thereof:

 

Hand Made: 

  • Your light must be made from scratch.
  • You must make a build thread, show images, give explanation of the build progress.
  • Remember we can only judge on what you show us in your thread.
  • No outside services are allowed.
  • Single or multiple emitter, driver and power configurations are allowed.
  • Should be a portable and battery operated light such as lanterns, headlamps and similar devices.
  • All small hand tools are acceptable, as well as these power tools: 
    • Soldering gun/ station
    • Electric Drill/ Drill Press
    • Dremel style Rotary Tool
    • Electric Saws
    • Disc or Belt Sander
  • You may use some manufactured components such as reflectors, drivers, LEDs, O-rings, switches, lenses, clips, sheet metal and tubes etc.

  • You may not use manufactured flashlight parts such as a bezel, body, tail cap or head.

 

Machine Made:

  • Your light must be made from scratch.
  • You must make a build thread, show images, give explanation of the build progress.
  • Remember we can only judge on what you show us in your thread.
  • No outside services are allowed.
  • Single or multiple emitter, driver and power configurations are allowed.
  • Should be a portable and battery operated light such as lanterns, headlamps and similar devices.
  • All machine shop tools are allowed, such as:
    • Lathe
    • End Mill
    • Programmed Automated machines
    • Standard 3D Printers
    • Plus all small hand tools
  • You may use some manufactured components such as reflectors, drivers, LEDs, O-rings, switches, lenses, clips, sheet metal and tubes etc.

  • You may not use manufactured flashlight parts such as a bezel, body, tail cap or head.

 

Modified Light Category:

  • This years bonus category!
  • Enter this category with a light you have modified or something you have modified for or into a light.
  • You must show us something that was modified by you and how it was done.
  • You can make a new thread or link to a mod you have posted on BLF within the stated timeframe.
  • You can build or modify by any means at your disposal and your mod can also be some form of self built flashlight attachment(s), clips, lanyards, paracord wraps, pouch or other related paraphernalia.

 

All Contestants:

Post your suitably titled Build Threads in the Giveaways and Contests forum category or links to your mods here.

I will keep a registry of all entries in Post #2 of this thread.

Thank you all sincerely, we look forward to watching your builds come to life!

Prizes:

Prize distribution: TBC.

You also earn humble bragging rights for at least a year for taking part in this unique event!  Wink

 

Judging the entries:

A panel of Judges composed of current BLF members from all walks of life and from different countries will judge the build entries to the competition.

What criteria do we Judge the contestants on?

  • Skill Level/ Finished Build Quality: Judged fairly on the persons access to tools, materials and abilities. Is the finished build functional & looking good? Difficult to make? Was the build completed, started or no work done at all?
  • Uniqueness/ Innovativeness of the build: Is the light unique, one of a kind or does it operate in a special way?
  • Build Thread Quality: Did the contestant do a good job of showing and explaining to the forum how they did the steps in the build? Good thread organization, pictures and descriptions of the methods used?
  • Purpose Built: Was the light purpose built for a specific use? Is it a special new EDC, upgrade or something for use that simply can't be bought easily?
  • Technical Details: Including new driver firmware, PCB designs, new technical ideas, programming and special switches etc.
  • Problem Solving & Obstacles: Were any specific problems encountered, documented and resolved by the contestant? Documenting the obstacles and using the power of the BLF community to solve them is seen as a big plus!
  • Enthusiasm to Participate: Did the contestant give it their best shot even knowing they would be up against more skilled veterans? Did they support other contestants build threads by posting encouragement and even giving help?
  • Following the Guidelines: Did the contestant follow the rules and guidance given?
  • Shown Operational: Did the contestant show us the light operating, its functions, beamshots, videos etc?

     

Some history of how the yearly contest started:

Old-Lumens was a predominant member of Budget Light Forum who loved to make things, particularly flashlights and related items, with his own hands.

He went even further and encouraged others to do likewise by starting the annual Old-Lumens Contest which involves members making their own flashlight using only hand tools in one category or machines in another.

Sadly Justin (Old-Lumens) passed away in 2016, we here at BLF wish him to rest in peace and to continue to celebrate his life by hosting the yearly Old-Lumens Competition.

 

We thank the sponsors for their generosity, and would like to see members supporting their business.
Please look to them when purchasing quality lights and accessories:

              

                    

 

                       

                              

  

If you are a store owner who would like to donate a prize or have good relations to people that would like to support this great BLF community event then please contact us.

 

Let the building begin and have fun! Smile Thumbs Up  

                                                                                       

The Old Lumens BLF Contest Archive previous years entries.

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Links to contestant entries:

Hand Made Category: (12/28)

Machine Made Category: (7/28)

Modified Light Category: (9/28)

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Osram Boost HX?
L4P, do you have it already or do you expect to have it soon?!?

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Thanks for taking this on The_OL_Contest. Beer
To make this a success we need members here to get involved and get the old grey cells working. Smile

 

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Yay, the competition is on! Party

I hope we get lots of entries because that’s a lot of prizes Sushi Beer

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Following ! I won’t be able to follow this all the time due to professional duties and timelines, but I will check this from time to time to see how the competition goes!

I wish the competitors all the luck, and thanks CRX and “The_OL_Contest” team for putting this together Wink

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Here we go!!!

HUGE thanks to the organizers (they know who they are) and to the sponsors! And of course, best wishes to all of the participants! Start organizing your ideas and start your builds, looks like we have an unbelievable assortment of prizes this year.

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WooHoo! Let’s GO!!! Party Party Party

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Awww yeah! I was hoping this would happen. What a great array of sponsors and prizes.

I’ll be throwing my hat into the Hand Made ring, I just haven’t decided what I’m going to make yet. Best of luck to all of the entrants!

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I would love to do a build for this contest. But I need to know if my 3D printer is allowed. I draw all my own parts from scratch. I assume a 3D printer is allowed as long as the models are your own creation?

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Joshk wrote:
I would love to do a build for this contest. But I need to know if my 3D printer is allowed. I draw all my own parts from scratch. I assume a 3D printer is allowed as long as the models are your own creation?

Yes, 3D printing has been used in the past. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with! Good luck!

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3D printer makes it a Machine Made entry. Thumbs Up

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I will be building an entry. Here’s a link to the topic. Nothing of any consequence there yet.

Thanks!!!

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DavidEF wrote:
Joshk wrote:
I would love to do a build for this contest. But I need to know if my 3D printer is allowed. I draw all my own parts from scratch. I assume a 3D printer is allowed as long as the models are your own creation?
Yes, 3D printing has been used in the past. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with! Good luck!

Yep, we had one last year (and it was super interesting). That’s a good question about what category it belongs in, I assume “machine made”, but maybe one of the organizers could chime in.

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I will be building an entry. Here’s a link to the topic. Nothing of any consequence there yet.

Thanks!!!

Niiiice!!!

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gchart wrote:
Awww yeah! I was hoping this would happen. What a great array of sponsors and prizes.

I’ll be throwing my hat into the Hand Made ring, I just haven’t decided what I’m going to make yet.

Do it!!! Thumbs Up Thumbs Up

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djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

old4570 said "I'm not an expert , so don't suffer from any such technical restrictions".

Old-Lumens. Highly admired and cherished member of Budget Light Forum. 11.5.2011 - 20.12.16. RIP.

 

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sb56637 wrote:
DavidEF wrote:
Joshk wrote:
I would love to do a build for this contest. But I need to know if my 3D printer is allowed. I draw all my own parts from scratch. I assume a 3D printer is allowed as long as the models are your own creation?
Yes, 3D printing has been used in the past. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with! Good luck!
Yep, we had one last year (and it was super interesting). That's a good question about what category it belongs in, I assume "machine made", but maybe one of the organizers could chime in.

What type of printer is it?

Standard 3D printers are fine and a new build would enter into the Machine Made category Thumbs Up

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Agro wrote:
Osram Boost HX? L4P, do you have it already or do you expect to have it soon?!?

 

I have only a couple of samples for now.

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I have some great ideas but still don’t have the time to make it..

I hope I can participate in the next contest.

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Can a headlamp be part of the competition? 

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YuvalS wrote:

Can a headlamp be part of the competition? 

Sure Thumbs Up 

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Great to see a few people have started comp threads Party

Soo looking forward to this Cool

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Joshk wrote:
I would love to do a build for this contest. But I need to know if my 3D printer is allowed. I draw all my own parts from scratch. I assume a 3D printer is allowed as long as the models are your own creation?

My guess would be that it would fall under machine made, comparable to someone designing parts and using a CNC machine. But hopefully we can get an official ruling.

I’m sure if you 3d-print something that’s otherwise allowed to be an “off-the-shelf” part, like a switch boot or centering ring, that would be fine. My real question is, where does the 3-Doodler fall? It seems like a hand tool to me Silly

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MRsDNF wrote:
DNF’s build thread. http://budgetlightforum.com/node/70128

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The_OL_Contest wrote:

YuvalS wrote:

Can a headlamp be part of the competition? 

Sure Thumbs Up 



So here is mine: 
 http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1588695
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Can I enter after I’ve made it? (should I enter) I just don’t want to , then wreck it, wished I’d never entered and look like an idiot lol!

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Can I enter after I’ve made it? (should I enter) I just don’t want to , then wreck it, wished I’d never entered and look like an idiot lol!

That is a good question, maybe a smart thing to do if concerned about this would be to build and fully document the build from start to finish then if you’re happy with it make a build thread and release it in stages.

It doesn’t really matter how the build thread is released to the public as long as the work is done within the stated timeframe but allowing some comments from members is a good idea in between stages of the build I think.

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The_OL_Contest]<p>[quote=sb56637 wrote:

What type of printer is it?


Standard 3D printers are fine and a new build would enter into the Machine Made category Thumbs Up

It’s a FlashForge Creator Pro. So it’s FFF, the most standard printer type there is.

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Great! Because we would be a little confused if it was that doodler thing Scallywag linked LOL

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