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Nice work on this one! 

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Outstanding!

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Q: How can you store 23 lights on your desk without them occasionally becoming dominos?

A: 3D printed holder of course.

I don’t own a 3D printer (I sent my file to Treatstock) and i’ve never designed any print before this so i’m sure this could be done way better but it was fun to learn. The AAA size lights came out a bit tight but all the rest fit perfect. I added clip “grooves” on some to support deep carry clips or face up/down. They are in deep enough I can pick up the whole thing 45 degrees and nothing comes out. I chose “translucent red” just to see how well light could shine through it in case I wanted to make a fancy version 2 or see if I left a light on. It’s not really translucent at all it just looks like flaked red which is fine.

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Oh also, any ideas for a version 2?

It could have been flat with just sunken holes but I feel like it would look more like a block of wood that way? idk

I also considered trying to countersink a few holes to allow forward clickies to stand but I decided that could be done with a drill after plus I have very few small fwd clickies.

I beveled the outside of the holes but I couldn’t figure out how to easily bevel the inside diameter. If I didn’t go with the raised design I would have for sure done this.

It may be a bit dense/crowded?

It might be cool to have them be smaller but modular and have puzzle piece type attachments for separate trays 18650/21700, AA/16340, AAA, etc.

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Oh also, any ideas for a version 2?

It could have been flat with just sunken holes but I feel like it would look more like a block of wood that way? idk

I also considered trying to countersink a few holes to allow forward clickies to stand but I decided that could be done with a drill after plus I have very few small fwd clickies.

I beveled the outside of the holes but I couldn’t figure out how to easily bevel the inside diameter. If I didn’t go with the raised design I would have for sure done this.

It may be a bit dense/crowded?

It might be cool to have them be smaller but modular and have puzzle piece type attachments for separate trays 18650/21700, AA/16340, AAA, etc.


That gives me an idea for how to do this really cheap – problem is, I don’t have large enough drill bits, so it gets expensive again…
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FYI, this was $24.63 shipped and that’s with this weird color and me probably creating the most complex/not-optimized print.

Working with wood you would have to like chisel out the clip slots or forego that functionality. IMO having them fit tight in the holes and creating clip slots was worth it.

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@contactcr Very nice! What design software did you use?

My “mod” today is inspired from my entry in this year’s Old Lumens contest. While that touch lamp is cool, it’s really not feasible for my kids to use and it’s not very reproducible.

So I designed a new housing with Fusion360 and printed it on my 3D printer using PETG (after a couple revisions to get all the dimensions just right). I designed a simple circuit board in Eagle and sent it off to Oshpark using their After Dark service. I’m also using an off-the-shelf TP4056 charging board with protection features.

Put that together and I’ve got a nice compact very simple on/off touch lamp with built in charging.




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I used TinkerCAD which I guess is AutoDesk’s free online tool.

I’ll share it when I modify the AAA slots in case someone else wants the same design or wants to modify it themselves.

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Cool. Yeah, TinkerCAD is a great place to start.

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Very Nice work ‘contactcr’. I love watching and learning from you guys Cool
Wish I understood the details of your work on the driver. I like the flashlight stand Thumbs Up
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Rdubya18 wrote:
I modded this …

into this

!{width:77%}https://i.imgur.com/8G3QniD.jpg!


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gchart wrote:
@contactcr Very nice! What design software did you use?

My “mod” today is inspired from my entry in this year’s Old Lumens contest. While that touch lamp is cool, it’s really not feasible for my kids to use and it’s not very reproducible.

So I designed a new housing with Fusion360 and printed it on my 3D printer using PETG (after a couple revisions to get all the dimensions just right). I designed a simple circuit board in Eagle and sent it off to Oshpark using their After Dark service. I’m also using an off-the-shelf TP4056 charging board with protection features.

Put that together and I’ve got a nice compact very simple on/off touch lamp with built in charging.




!{max-width:400px}https://i.imgur.com/Ur20qmn.jpg!


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Nice light ‘gchart’ Thumbs Up
Could you tell me what 3D Printer you have ?
Also, I gave up on Fusion 360 after Autodesk killed it for cnc use.
I have FreeCad installed but I have not played with it yet.
Do you have any suggestions for a free cad software for a 3D printer ?
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Thanks CNCman! Besides the basic TinkerCAD, the only CAD software I’ve used is Fusion360. It’s too bad they’re locking out some features. Thankfully it still does everything I need in the Free version.

I’m not really familiar with it’s usage for CNC. I know they originally announced the removal of several features, but then on Sept 25th they back tracked on that and decided to keep STEP export. I know that’s one of the CNC-related features, right?

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This is my last mod. Mf04 with driver from mf04s and Gt-fc40 led with 4000k 90cri.
There is my aux board too.



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Total overkill with FC40!

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gchart wrote:
Thanks CNCman! Besides the basic TinkerCAD, the only CAD software I’ve used is Fusion360. It’s too bad they’re locking out some features. Thankfully it still does everything I need in the Free version.

I’m not really familiar with it’s usage for CNC. I know they originally announced the removal of several features, but then on Sept 25th they back tracked on that and decided to keep STEP export. I know that’s one of the CNC-related features, right?


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Yes, the removal of STEP file export was a shot over the bow warning that it will be permanently removed in the future. So after a year of watching Youtube videos and practicing drawing models and i was just starting programming 3D models, Autodesk did what i was afraid they might do and kill it. The STEP export will be removed in the future, so i deleted it and loaded Freecad.
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WallKiller wrote:
This is my last mod. Mf04 with driver from mf04s and Gt-fc40 led with 4000k 90cri.
There is my aux board too.




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Very nice ‘WallKiller’ Love those blue lights !! Love
Do you have any pics on the blue lights ?
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Hmmm, i don’t make so much pictures but you can find something on my FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/latarkibygwis/
I’m new in this stuff, I like projecting pcb’s and flashlights so I combined it to modder hobby.

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Here’s the files for 3D printing/editing of my design. I modified the AAA slots to be a bit wider than what I printed so I haven’t tested this exact one but it should be fine. There’s always sand paper Facepalm

TinkerCAD link (if you want to edit it):
https://www.tinkercad.com/things/1OwFwMj0UPA-flashlight-holder

STL only link:
https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4709892

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contactcr wrote:
Here’s the files for 3D printing/editing of my design…

Again, nice job!

I like TinkerCAD but sometime its simplicity can actually make things slower or more tedious. Here’s a brief example of how you could quickly create something like that in Fusion360 (free version) in case you ever feel like something a bit more powerful. I’m sure there are some even better methods than what I show here, but hey… I’m still learning too Smile

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gchart wrote:
contactcr wrote:
Here’s the files for 3D printing/editing of my design…

Again, nice job!

I like TinkerCAD but sometime its simplicity can actually make things slower or more tedious. Here’s a brief example of how you could quickly create something like that in Fusion360 (free version) in case you ever feel like something a bit more powerful. I’m sure there are some even better methods than what I show here, but hey… I’m still learning too Smile

Thanks for taking the time to make this. At least for this example this program seems only incrementally harder while having a lot more features. I will definitely try it out for future designs

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I’m using for a long time fusion 360, and i made so much complicated project’s with this software. I think they should add some mathematics stuff like parabolic function.

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Jetbeam TCR-1

Triple 219b sw35 9080.



inspired by you..
triple mod done by moderator007, my favorite SuperHero

Look what Kal-El just flew in with, from Smallville:

Jetbeam TCR-1 triple dedome LH351D 3500k
400 lumens on 16340

Love it!:-)

Looks just like the golden hour at sunset.

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Brain transplants on a batch of Sofirn TK70’s and Convoy H1’s. They all got RampingIOS (D4 V2 UI) via an attiny412. Drops right in place of the stock MCU.

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attiny412. Drops right in place of the stock MCU.

This is what the hobby probably needs more of. Direct-swap MCUs so we can fix the firmware on lights more easily than having to come up with an entire replacement driver.

Of course the next question is: Who is gonna put Anduril on a Zebralight?

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Scallywag wrote:
gchart wrote:
attiny412. Drops right in place of the stock MCU.

This is what the hobby probably needs more of. Direct-swap MCUs so we can fix the firmware on lights more easily than having to come up with an entire replacement driver.

Of course the next question is: Who is gonna put Anduril on a Zebralight?

+1

The Thrunite T2 UI is really making me hate it. Great form factor but shit UI (IMO) and terrible pocket clip = doesn’t get used.

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JaredM wrote:
The Thrunite T2 UI is really making me hate it. Great form factor but shit UI (IMO) and terrible pocket clip = doesn’t get used.

Dang. By the looks of it I thought the T2 was going to be a sweet light. Guess I didn’t pay any attention to the UI. Sad
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UI is standard, waaay better than some on Sofirn or similar brands (and some expenssive).

I like it, at least it has click for ON/OFF and hold for cycle through modes. Nothing wtong with it

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Indeed ,Thrunite have one of the best UI, overall its one of the best brands in US and Canada flashlight market ;))

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UI is standard, waaay better than some on Sofirn or similar brands (and some expenssive).

I like it, at least it has click for ON/OFF and hold for cycle through modes. Nothing wtong with it

That UI sounds reasonable to me... The problem is, everyone has different tastes, and it's frequently for me the 100% make-or-break reason to carry (or not) a light. Driver swaps are nice and everything, but there's only a few of us that are able to swap more than the basic "easily moddable" Convoy-types. When I see a T-shaped driver, or the side-switch on the driver board, or odd driver shapes, or integrated charging, I'm usually out of luck for improving the UI. 

Yeah sure mounting a MCU plus adapter-board isn't something everyone can do, but it's definitely a few steps simpler than custom-designing drivers for all the weird crap out there. 

 

  • Zebralight UI seems good (although I find the old one kind of backwards, but workable, and would re-program the newer lights slightly)
  • Modern Olight UI works for me (the older UI on my S15 Ti is a bit odd, but workable)
  • Thrunite T10Tv2's UI works for me
  • I love the basics of Anduril/RampingIOS - there's lots of debate about the more advanced bits so I won't even address those here
  • And I love a good L-M-H with no memory for my clickies.

But man, so many brands just get it so wrong. Sofirn with its "you can start in moonlight but you can't get there from anywhere else", my Thorfires with their horribly slow, non-linear ramping. A NEBO light I own, which is fortunately not-bright enough that I just leave it on full brightness at all times and deal with it. It's a house-light for the muggles to grab lol. Wuben and Skilhunt keep getting it wrong, although I think Skilhunt is finally getting better on some recent models. Wuben even has two-switch models they couldn't get right!

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