LED Christmas Tree

by pauloricca, published

LED Christmas Tree by pauloricca Dec 8, 2009

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This is a model christmas tree printable on the makerbot with a slot to insert a coin battery and an LED to illuminate the piece from inside! Merry Christmas and Happy Printing!

Update: corrected a bug in the model that made it print without the base!
Also, this updated version is smaller then the previous one avoiding some problems while printing the top

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I saw your print with the snow.. it looks really cool :D well done
This is a really nice design and xmas trees need snow :-)
Love it. This beautiful tree overshadow the light in my house.

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LED Christmas Tree by pauloricca is licensed under the GNU - GPL license.

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Just print the tree, insert the coin battery between the LED legs as in a throwie ( instructables.com/id/LED-Throwies/ ) and insert the group in the slot on the bottom of the Thing
This is a really nice design and xmas trees need snow :-)
I saw your print with the snow.. it looks really cool :D well done
Love it. This beautiful tree overshadow the light in my house.
Sweet lil thing! I always knew it was exactly what I was going to print first when I got my printer. Oddly, I always thought it was totally hollow, illuminated simply by covering a light underneath. What a pleasant surprise when I printed it tonight and noticed that you actually built in space for a battery and led!! Our minds are somehow going in the same direction because I've been just recently making some little lights with led housings over at shapeways. It's really cool to see how yourhousing is different, more simple, and yet effective.
Thank you Whystler! I just saw your led housing at shapeways.. that looks quite interesting!
I'm glad you liked the model! :D
WOW!!! love it....
lovely - first thing printed on a new dimension 1200ES. Made a nectarine christmas forest!
They look great! Thank you for sharing :)
This is beautiful. Im printing one.
Thank you!! Please post a picture if you do =)
Is there no bottom of the tree? It prints at least this way.
also the inner led holder are not connected to the outer shell. Here is a photo:
Hi laszlo!
Thank you, I slightly changed the model after printing it but ended up introducing a bug in it! Now it has a base. The led holder is supposed to be like that :) its just a path in the interior to keep the led pointing up
Thank you again and sorry for this mistake! :)
No worries. Skeinforge also f*cked up the build generation. It printed too much plastic at the top of the tree, resulting the head was more and more diving into the plastic.

Here are some pictures:

I also started a thread at bitsfrombytes printing board:

It would be rather beautiful by the way:
The updated version is smaller than the one you printed.. I hear sometimes people are getting these kind of errors with bad preferences and big models on the Skeinforge :
I have no problems with the size of the tree. I think it was perfect.

Btw what softwar do you use for modelling it? Blender? openscad?
I used 3dsmax... I still don't like the blender interface :)
I also use openscad but I wanted something more organic for this model which would be harder to make in openscad