by BenitoSanduchi, published
I entered this in ProtoParadigm's December Design Contest - Designer's Holiday : Winter Wonderland. Why not?
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Thanks! This is Taulman 618 filament (not just trimmer line or something similar) and it was formulated to print at 240-250C. As I understand it, nylon emits dangerous fumes when temps start pushing 300. I have a feeling that long-term, poorly ventilated exposure to melting plastic is probably bad for all of us that have printers "on our desks," but neither ABS nor 618 have measurable HCN release at regular print temperatures according to Taulman's tests. See this link for more info: http://www.instructables.com/i...
So far, I'm really digging the 618. Prints great, looks amazing, and is functionally far superior to the alternatives.
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Make sure cooling is on or you won't end up with a pointy end. I sure didn't . Worked out though, they just have kind of a rough rounded tip.
If you print in nylon, dye them whatever color you want.
Insert a 30mm (approx) round LED tealight in base. With the 618 material, it's pliable enough to have the lights fit tightly but not hurt the print with the stress. I just push in far enough to leave the half of the light that you twist to turn it on. With ABS you might want to scale up a percent or two and glue the light in place.
Then drill a hole to attach a hook, or glue one on, or whatever you figure out works best for you.
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