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Atomic Sun

by mrule, published

Atomic Sun by mrule Feb 6, 2011

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Description

20 socket truncated icosahedral lamp, built form previous Thingiverse parts.

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Hay, this just got a mention on DVice! http://dvice.com/archives/2011...

How good is that!

This is a new way to make what I used CNC to do several years ago: http://e-dot.com . I would have been pretty excited back then about desktop 3D printing but the materials, speed and cost still make CNC, metal forming, casting etc. more marketable if you need to crank out hundreds of objects a week. By now I'm so far along with learning more traditional methods and inventing all manner of tweaks that the raw look of 3D printed (or laser cut wood or acrylic) parts doesn't excite my interest. I'd want ridiculous speed, three colors of metal, transparency, rubber, surface imagery in full color, etc.

As a chemist by training I think this is definitely possible but without a billion dollar industry to propel development beyond simple mockups or monocolor mold masters, I don't think true production quality will be available for decades or more. Eventually it will all be made using living cells p
rogrammer to make bone, bioplastics like fingernails, and nice alligator skin etc. That sort of exotic materials variation would be a game changer. But it's a century or two off.

I think those are both good ideas. I sent the second one into the suggestion box.

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License

Atomic Sun by mrule is licensed under the Attribution - Non-Commercial - Share Alike license.

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Instructions

Please see

crawlingrobotfortress.blogspot.com/2011/02/atomic-sun.html or
wealoneonearth.blogspot.com/2011/02/project-atomic-sun.html

for an assembly walk-through.


These are the thingiverse parts used. Please see the individual things for the .stl files.

11 × the pentagon from thingiverse.com/thing:5961
1 × thingiverse.com/thing:6117
20 × thingiverse.com/thing:6055
1 × thingiverse.com/thing:6149


note on hinge clearance : The hinges can sometimes be a little tight. Make sure the first layer isn't pressed too far into the build platform. A compressed first layer will propagate up and make part of the hinge wider, decreasing the clearance. These parts are designed to fit tightly and may require pliers to assemble. If all else fails, removing some of the pins on the hinges can make assembly easier.

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WilliamAAdams on Feb 26, 2011 said:

Hay, this just got a mention on DVice! http://dvice.com/archives/2011...

How good is that!

Anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 said:

This is a new way to make what I used CNC to do several years ago: http://e-dot.com . I would have been pretty excited back then about desktop 3D printing but the materials, speed and cost still make CNC, metal forming, casting etc. more marketable if you need to crank out hundreds of objects a week. By now I'm so far along with learning more traditional methods and inventing all manner of tweaks that the raw look of 3D printed (or laser cut wood or acrylic) parts doesn't excite my interest. I'd want ridiculous speed, three colors of metal, transparency, rubber, surface imagery in full color, etc.

As a chemist by training I think this is definitely possible but without a billion dollar industry to propel development beyond simple mockups or monocolor mold masters, I don't think true production quality will be available for decades or more. Eventually it will all be made using living cells p
rogrammer to make bone, bioplastics like fingernails, and nice alligator skin etc. That sort of exotic materials variation would be a game changer. But it's a century or two off.

Anonymous on Feb 11, 2011 said:

Why didn't you upload fiels :
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mrule on Feb 11, 2011 said:

I manually added links to the components in the "Instructions" field.

mrule on Feb 11, 2011 said:

The object is actually composed of other objects I've uploaded separately. When I made the parts list, I thought it would link to the different things I used.

It seems like that has not happened. It may be a bug in the "parts" feature, or I may have used the interface incorrectly. I will add links in the description imminently.

SpringRat on Feb 8, 2011 said:

I AM BLIND AND CANNOT SEE! 8-)

mrule on Feb 7, 2011 said:

The other concern is what happens to all the CFLs if the lamp comes crashing down, though this would be a concern for any chandelier.

Linkreincarnate on Feb 7, 2011 said:

OMG THIS ROCKS!!!

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