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Snap Together Mini Lamp

by MakerBot, published

Snap Together Mini Lamp by MakerBot Jul 19, 2012

Description

A snap-together derivative of Mattraptions' Mini Desk Lamp.

Modified by Skimbal to use Tony Buser's snap fittings.

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From the pictures I see some people's lamps are "hollow" in the hood and some people have inserted lights. That is what I wanted to do but when I print (Lamp_Snap_Luxo), the bottom half of my hood (for lack of a better term) is solid and many of the pictures of people's lamps shown are the same. I'm wondering if the ones that have lights put inside them have had to dremel out the lamp hood? Seems like it could be printed with support material so that it is hollow like the one shown in the picture above. Can someone enlighten me?

Has anyone had any issues with the 'heat vents', my Solidoodle3 just destroys them!

Does anyone know what exact size of spring to use?

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Instructions

Print all three plates.

Snap the arm togeather using the images as a guide.

Snap the Arm into the base.

Snap the Lamp onto the arm.

Add a light.

Smile.

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lswan662 on Feb 13, 2014 said:

From the pictures I see some people's lamps are "hollow" in the hood and some people have inserted lights. That is what I wanted to do but when I print (Lamp_Snap_Luxo), the bottom half of my hood (for lack of a better term) is solid and many of the pictures of people's lamps shown are the same. I'm wondering if the ones that have lights put inside them have had to dremel out the lamp hood? Seems like it could be printed with support material so that it is hollow like the one shown in the picture above. Can someone enlighten me?

StiffDesigns on Feb 6, 2014 said:

Has anyone had any issues with the 'heat vents', my Solidoodle3 just destroys them!

Jzabinski on Jan 31, 2014 said:

Does anyone know what exact size of spring to use?

arlen on Dec 7, 2013 said:

Several of these STLs are "broken" and need fixing in NetFabb (or similar software). Makerbot/Stratasys, fix your sh*t.

UnClaimedCarg0 on Oct 16, 2013 said:

could you publish the parts of the lamp in separate files because they wont all print in one print on a replicator 2x

vorpal on Aug 3, 2013 said:

To avoid the snapping problems that some of you are having, I keep a butane torch next to my printer (also great for blowing away little strings and flame polishing after you sand or file away defects). A butane lighter would work in a pinch. Heat up the pins for just a few seconds before inserting to soften them. Seriously just 2 to 4 seconds is usually enough. Keep the flame moving! Keep a damp cloth nearby. Insert immediately after heating. When they are a little bit soft they won't snap as easily and they will "give" a little when inserting. They will also tend to spring back after insertion and harden/cool in about half a minute.

Eirinn on May 29, 2013 said:

It doesn't seem like Slic3r will take the files, manifold errors :/

syntaxterror on May 31, 2013 said:

use kissslicer I had the same issues.

peterkamz on May 24, 2013 said:

printed it to day awsome

Kuupeetje on Apr 29, 2013 said:

This is BRILLIANT thanks !!

larsulph on Jan 17, 2013 said:

You could also print the springs!

larsulph on Jan 17, 2013 said:

Do you have a CAD or STL copy of this project where it is assembled?

code4food on Dec 30, 2012 said:

Super easy print. Snapped together without any changes. I would recommend to those that have not assembled it yet to do the following:

Always put the pins into the parts that are in the innermost positions of the lamp first when possible. For instance, the u-shaped part that snaps into the base will have three other parts inside it: two small v-shaped parts and in between them, one end of a support rod that connects to the larger v-shaped parts. The u-shaped bracket uses a short pin to hold everything together. Put the short pin into the end of the support rod first, then add the small v-shaped parts (one on each side), leaving one side of the pin sticking out a little longer than the other. That length will enable you to get the assembly of the v-shaped parts and the support rod, with the pin, into the u-shaped bracket. Once the longer pin length has been inserted into one of the u-shaped uprights, you can push on it a little and it will snap into place on the other side of the u-shaped bracket.

This plan will work for most of the parts. There may be some parts that are a little tight (depends on how well tuned your HBP is) so be prepared. Warning - do not push a pin through a part by setting one end of the pin on a hard surface and pushing the part downward onto it - the ends of the pin will break! I know, because I stupidly did that.

GPWT! (Great Print, Wonderful Thing!)

Zed on Dec 2, 2012 said:

Needed to trim some of the parts for a perfect fit otherwise what an excellent model... next step is to install a LED light to give it some function.

Raygduncan on Oct 18, 2012 said:

Printed easily on Makerbot Replicator with no scrubbing or other changes and snapped together without problems. Springs came from a $2 kit of misc springs. The kids love this. Thanks for posting it.

Anonymous on Sep 9, 2012 said:

This just doesn't work...

Gone through 3 Lamp Snap Luxo prionts so far and every time at the thin light holes the print fails.

A closer look at the slice and it seems that there is a flaw about half way up this section.

I'm new to this, so any thoughts on why this may be happening would be most welcome.

ninjinx on Sep 16, 2012 said:

Exactly what about it fails?

Post a picture and we might be able to help you.

BSchuler on Sep 3, 2012 said:

I visited the magical Makerbot headquarters this summer and saw the first prints of Mike's snap together mod of this fabulous model. It really struck a chord with me since I have known Lohn Lassiter since the earliest days of Pixar where the goal was to have computers render 3D models into photorealistic images. Now we make the real thing. I've printed and built 5 already. My favorite is translucent PLA. Bravo!

andreas on Nov 17, 2012 said:

Thanks to Pixar I've developed my love for 3D, please say hi to John Lasseter from me when you speak to him again! ;)

marcelopasqua on Aug 28, 2012 said:

I need some help guys. I printed a big "Lamp Snap Luxo" but it is coming out with layers that don't stick on each other. I had printed a smaller one that seems perfect. For the big one I set the infill in 100%.

Is that something related to "shells" config?

thanks

MotoBarsteward on Aug 20, 2012 said:

I tried to print this. Had to use netfab to repair each stl. Netbaf failed to repair the base so used one form one of the derivatives, http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

jasonwebb on Aug 20, 2012 said:

Very cool model, but for me the front 3-tiered bar keeps snapping! I'm talking about the arm to which your springs connect to in the middle. The lamp still seems to work OK, but looks a little goofy with two broken bars flailing about :P It may benefit from a little bit of thinkening, as it undergoes some stress when you try to collapse the arm down a bit.

aubenc on Aug 15, 2012 said:

Scaled down to 65%

I did had to ream the holes for the pins with a 3mm drill bit and even like that I managed to break a couple of them :( next time I'll use the 3.2mm bit :-D

I love this thing, thanks!!

pwc-phil on Aug 13, 2012 said:

does anyone have a simple light insert solution for this fantastic item? something like a lightweight led array, battery powered with a push switch out the top... maybe even inside a bulb similar to this http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... (which would be perfect if made from glow-in-the-dark filiament)

peace!

CodeCreations on Aug 6, 2012 said:

I hot-glued in a paper cone to help reflect the light out, and four segments a 5050 LED strip (about 8 inches, or 20 cm) for a total of 12 LEDs around the inside. I ran a twisted pair from an old network cable out the top and through the lamp for power.

unsound on Aug 2, 2012 said:

I'm curious to know what print settings replicator owners have been using on this print? I can't seem to get the holes at the top of the lamp to print correctly even after slowing the print speed down significantly.

unsound on Aug 2, 2012 said:

Just managed to solve the problem... it seems like the skeinforge default filament retraction distance was too high at 1mm so after reducing this to 0.5mm the problem seems to have been fixed.

MeHoo on Jul 30, 2012 said:

Interesting.. the ToM sized plates print fine, but for some reason my base is much larger than everyone elses... or my lamp head is much smaller lol. Anyone else noticing that?

r1cht3r on Jul 29, 2012 said:

Likewise having some trouble slicing this and cloud netfabb is failing to repair. I'm using Slic3r 0.8.5-dev.

smartroad on Jul 30, 2012 said:

Same issue. I am going to have a look at the SKP files and see if there is a problem there tonight.

cymon on Jul 23, 2012 said:

How rigid is the movement? How well does this move? How much does it hold? I'm wondering about using this sans the lamp as a replacement for my webcam armature.

bstott on Jul 23, 2012 said:

MakerBot Rocks! I too used netfab cloud to fix the files... Fun to print. 8-)

Whizbang on Jul 22, 2012 said:

Im having issues slicing this with slic3r im getting manifold isses or intersection errors. tried running it through netfab too. any ideas

JeremyBP on Jul 22, 2012 said:

I ran the files through Netfabb (cloud version) and they sliced wonderfully with the latest version of Slic3r. Which version are you using?

laird on Jul 22, 2012 said:

This was fun! It was a tricky print/assembly, but the result is worth it!

My son, who's seven, saw this assembled and said "that' the thing that's before the movies!" and, given his movie selection, that's pretty much true. :-)

Thanks for posting this.

chasmaker on Jul 21, 2012 said:

A real man would print the springs too. :)

LiquidBeef on Jul 21, 2012 said:

Is that Makerbot's plain old white ABS? Looks really sharp!

I think you guys
&
amp; gals would sell more ABS if you posted pics of actual prints like this one along with photos of the filament spools in the Makerbot Store. Then again, you're sold out often enough ;).

MacGyver on Jul 20, 2012 said:

Where did you get the springs from?

Skimbal on Jul 20, 2012 said:

The in this model the springs are ornamental, they aren't needed for the arm to work properly.

I got the ones I am using from a pack of general springs.

Mattraptions on Jul 20, 2012 said:

This is truly amazing....I honestly wish I had that version of the head when I made mine.

jag on Jul 20, 2012 said:

Any chance you could post a the individual parts? Or at least thing-o-matic sized plates?

Skimbal on Jul 20, 2012 said:

I have uploaded a .zip file that has the Arm split into two Thing-o-matic sized plates. The Base and Lamp should fit just fine.

Happy Printing!

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