Head Lamp

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Head Lamp by 3DCentralVA Sep 25, 2011
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Desktop lamp with my face on it! The face was generated using facegen with their automatic face modeler ( www.facegen.com ). Unfortunately, the license for the feature is pretty steep ($300). In full disclosure, it doesn't quite look like me.. but I'm also new to the tool.
Model was printed on an up! printer ( pp3dp.com )
My intent is for this product to be Open Hardware, under the TAPR OHL: tapr.org/TAPR_Open_Hardware_License_v1.0.txt

EDIT check this out!


Up! 3D printer, or equivalent
support removal hand tools
wire cutters
soldering equipment
Bill of Materials:
(1) head, printed
(1) base, printed
(1) push button
(1) AAAx4 battery holder
(4) AAA battery
(1-4) LEDs [with resistors if necessary]
(1+) extra length of wire
Assembly Instructions:

  1. Print head and base. For the head, I suggest a neck-down orientation, even though support removal might be harder. A little roughness on the inside isn't a big deal, though it might make the light a little splotchy.
  2. Run the wiring. Unfortunately, there's not yet a real viable solder-free alternative, so this is always the annoying part.. Run the wires from the battery holder upwards through the bottom, one going out toward the button, one coming through the top. Solder the battery wire to one of the button's leads, and an extra wire to the other. Run that extra wire back into the case and upwards out the top as well. Solder these two wires to each end of the LEDs. MAKE SURE that the circuit works.
  3. Next, affix push button and battery holder to the case. If it doesn't fit snuggly, use super glue or something. Position the LEDs where you want (behind the eyes is cool) and slide on the head! If the head does not fit snuggly, I suggest wrapping the point-of-contact on the base with tape (or scale the model up slightly) to provide a non-permanent snug fit, as opposed to the super glue or something.
    Happy replicating!

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Please don't take this the wrong way: I have a use for your head that you didn't intend! I'm trying to redesign a mask, and the head from this is a lot lower poly than what I use. OpenSCAD seems to render it happily, so I'll see what I can do :)

Awesome!!! I'm so glad it has another use!! If you want to send me a Front/Side picture of yourself (or whomever, like this: http://www.facegen.com/modeller.htm)http://www.facegen.com/modelle... I'd be happy to try and post another face! Again though, I can't promise any major resemblance... Still getting the hang of it..

what filament did you use to make the head?

I ask, because I design lighting as a hobby, and was thinking about getting a 3D printer to make them. But I can't seem to find enough information about which filaments let light shine through and which filaments don't.

I know there's translucent filaments, so I assuming that is what you used? Is
it just a natural clear filament, or is it actually a translucent white? And where did you buy this filament?

Sorry if the question is a bit weird.

Interesting, not weird at all!

Actually, since I use the proprietary http://pp3dp.compp3dp.com machine, I've just been using the filament that they distribute (http://www.pp3dp.com/index.php?page=shop.product_detailshttp://www.pp3dp.com/index.php...

It's a normal white plastic, but I've noticed it's semi-translucent at a low thickness. The head is about 1-2mm thick for most of the head, so a good deal of light will pass through. Though depending on how bright you need it to be, it might not work. This lamp, with two crummy LEDs, is bright en
ough to set on my notebook and see what I'm writing at night when the lights are off.