Cutaway LED Flashlight (solder-free)
by CarryTheWhat, published
This is an example printed electronic, using the solder-free 3D-PCB library http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:21975
It is an LED flashlight, made entirely out of printed parts and 4 lengths of conductive thread, plus 2 batteries and 4 LEDs.
Detailed instructions for buildling this, as well as for using 3D-PCB in general: http://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Printed-Circuit-Boards-for-solder-free-printab/ , as part of the Make-It-Real Challenge (so your vote would be greatly appreciated!).
Note: If you are thinking to build, I suggest first test-printing the electronics_top, along with a switch_toggle and a peg_cap. I haven't tested it on many printers, and these pieces have the finest tuned tolerances
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Tools and Materials
Currently, it has only been thoroughly tested on the MakerBot Replicator, with ABS plastic. Support for Up! soon (but the different tolerances prevent immediate support).
I have tried several types of conductive thread, and the best so far (by a wide margin) is: http://members.shaw.ca/ubik/thread/order.html
Print using the standard replicator defaults or equivalent, with no raft or support:
1x electronics top
1x electronics bottom
11x peg caps
4x 5mm LEDs, you probably want white
2x AAA batteries
4x conductive thread -- 2x~12in, 2x~18in
The uploaded drawing shows how to wire up the circuit; Detailed wrapping instructions can be found on http://www.instructables.com/id/3D-Printed-Circuit-Boards-for-solder-free-printab/step4/Useful-Example-3D-Printed-LED-Flashlight/