3D Printing

Printing Settings

Use the settings below for reference. The parts were tested on the Ultimaker 2, Type A Machines Series 1 and the FlashForge Creator Pro. We used Simplify3D to slice the parts using our custom profiles. You can download our profiles for Simplify3D below.

LEDbat.stl

230c Extruder

2mm Retraction

10% infill

2 Shells

60mm/s print speed

90mm/s travel speed

custom supprt under the corner openings and middle of center groove

about 2 hours to print

Customize Original Design

The parts where designed in Autodesk Fusion 360. The design has been made public, and available to download in different formats if you'd like to use a different CAD software package.

Custom Supports

We used Simplify 3D to add custom supports under the two corners were the wires exit the adapter. One 4mm pillar to each side. 

Add one row of 4mm support pillers to each side of the middle undercut to fully support the center part of the adapter. 

Materials

We recommend using PLA material to reduce wraping while printing. Althought the parts can be printed in different types of filament, such as ABS, PET and Nylon.

Tolerances

The parts were tested with common printing settings (listed in the table). With a parameter of 2 shells, theres only a few areas where tolerances really matters - the side groove cutouts and the screw holes.

Test fit the part by inserting the part inside the battery slot. Check to see if the groove cutouts tightly slide into place. If the groove cutout is too tight, you can use Simplify 3Ds horizontal size compensation option to decrease or increase the size of the groove.

The camcorder battery holder includes six phillips screws that should fit inside the mounting holes. You can tap the mounting holes with a screw, hobby knife or a screw driver.  

Bed Leveling

Any parts with large surface require a well leveled build plate. If you're using a heated bed, you can minimize warping. Blue tapers tape, build tak, and sticky adhesives can help keep your part flat and adhere to the bed.

Clean up

If there's any string or artifacts left over from retraction and oozing, clean up the part by trimming them off using a pair of flush snips. Remove any excess material around the screws after mounting so the 3d part lays flat agaisnt the back of the LED panel.

This guide was first published on Dec 07, 2015. It was last updated on Dec 07, 2015. This page (3D Printing) was last updated on Nov 18, 2019.