gChart's Machine Made Class, 9th Annual BLF/OL contest

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gChart's Machine Made Class, 9th Annual BLF/OL contest

Well, I was originally thinking I’d enter in the Hand Made division again, but I’m switching it up and going with Machine Made.

My original thought for the housing was to use a steel canister to do a tin can punch lantern. I still think that’d be cool, but I’ve never done it before and I seem to have less time than ever (full time worker, father of five young kids, on several committees/organizations, etc).

So… I’ve decided to let a machine do some of the work for me. My 3D printer that is. Enter Exhibit A, the main components and tools for my entry:

  • Wemos D1 Mini
  • NeoPixel 16-LED ring
  • Ender 3 Pro with filament

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I’ll be looking for that “something” that will happen Wink Good luck Beer

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We all know your build will be amazing Big Smile

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Update posted!

… And I guess I’m officially in Machine Made now

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Yes, you are! Adjustment being made in the O-L master topic list

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For those not familiar with NeoPixel / WS2812B LEDs…

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Neopixels!! Looking forward to this one Davie

  

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Very nice project you have going there ‘gchart’ Thumbs Up
I am always Amazed with the lights you build Big Smile
Can not wait to see it finished.

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Busy weekend working on the light (of sorts).

First off, a clip of the first piece being printed:

And here’s the end result of that:

With the middle section complete, time to design the top and bottom pieces using Fusion 360:

And here’s a shot of that lower section being “sliced” in Cura (taking the 3D model and turning it into 3D printer instruction code):

Here’s a shot of that top cap being printed:

The first iteration of the base being printed. Notice the organically looking structure in that middle. Those are “tree supports” that give overhang something to print onto. You can’t just print in mid air!

And, well, I didn’t get a couple pieces of the design perfect on the first try. So back to Fusion 360 for a couple adjustments, and back to the printer. This time I used a more “normal” support structure of lines. The original print of the base took 18 hours. I didn’t want to wait that long for the revision so I greatly increased the speeds and played with the support structure settings to get it down to 6 hours. What a difference some of the settings came make. Generally speed comes at the expense of quality, but it worked out fine for this model.

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So… the physical pieces of this light are pretty much done. I’ll show off a bit more of it later. It’s time to move onto software/firmware!

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Thanks Gchart for making this show for us. I really enjoy watching the progress, just need to replenish my popcorn Smile

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Awesome, gchart.
Can’t wait to watch the next “episodes” of your flashlight build.

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Cool stuff growing up here Beer

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Interesting seeing what you are doing, I have one of those colour rings myself I haven’t utilised. I love that you are using a 3d printer, something I keep toying with buying, but luckily have made a good friendship with a guy who already has one who offered to do things for me.
Amazing machines, and by the looks of it an amazing light is coming out of it!

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My wife would love the different colors. No 3d printer, but I may have to learn how to wire an microcontroller and write code for it Smile I can hardly wait to show her your final product!