3D Printing

Download and 3D Print

The 3D printed parts can be downloaded with the link below.  

Edit Design

You can easily update the size or add features by editing the Fusion360 designs. The sketches are all listed in the timeline, so it's easy to adjust the size to each component.

3D Printing Enclosures

I drew up an enclosure in Autodesk Fusion 360 and designed to print in PLA/PHA. I 3D printed the enclosure using the BCN3D Sigma. If you don’t have access to a 3D printer, you could use a service like 3D Hubs to make it for you.

Diffusing LEDs

I used Natural White PLA/PHA material to 3D print the parts to give the LEDs a soft diffusion. You can also use Translucent filament for a sharper light diffusion.

Slice Settings

Depending on your 3D printer, you may need to adjust the slice settings. We tested the enclosure  on a BCN3D Sigma. The RingMount.stl part will require support materials. The parts are oriented to print "as is".

  • Nozzle: 0.6mm
  • Extrusion Multiplier: 1.0
  • Extrusion Width: 0.6mm
  • Layer Height: 0.3mm
  • Nozzle Temperature: 240c
  • Print Speed: 60mm/s

Thin Wall Perimeters 

Optimize the tool path by adjusting the thin wall perimeter to 50%. This will yeild a stronger part and speed up printing by insuring the nozzle only travels along the shape of the parts (no zigzag between walls).

Supports

 The RingMount.stl will require supports under the groove for the battery holder to slot into.

We added 4 pillars with a resolution of 2mm to the   middle portions of the groove. Add the pillars so they are closer to the outter edage of the groove. This will make it easier to remove later.

 

Support Removal

 

Use a flush cutter to easily remove the supports. Clamp down close to each edge and then cut down the center of the pillar to remove.

 

You can use a hobby knife to help clean up the walls.

This guide was first published on Feb 08, 2017. It was last updated on Feb 08, 2017. This page (3D Printing) was last updated on Dec 01, 2019.