This is the largest printing project I designed so far... we call it the ScoopLamp! It is a lamp made of only printed parts, it doesn't need any tools to assemble (if well printed) and no glue or screws (only a piece of steel wire or a cable tie to fix it on the bulb holder).
The Lamp on the photos is printed with a 0.5mm nozzle. I used PLA silver for the segments and white ABS for the rings. One element took about 7 hours to print on my setup :)
First, make sure you have at least 500g of PLA ready... it needs loads of material ;)
Then make sure, your printer can handle at least parts that are around 180 x 115 x 90mm (will not work on makerbot in full size...)
Then, heat up your Printer and start printing the hell out of it.. :) you need to print:
- One piece of each ring (I made them out of ABS... more stable)
- Print 9 pieces of the "003 Element9.stl" carefully... this means: place them at the right point of your printing platform to make sure it will not overlap - it is HUGE!!
- Clean all the ooze (if some) and dirt of the parts carefully (I used a sharp blade...).
- Take one "Element9" and snap the two rings in
- Add other elements piece by piece untill all elements are assembled
- Make sure you use a fluorescent or LED energy saving lamp that doesn't create too much heat to prevent any damage due to heat
- Use a cable zip or a piece of wire to hold the upper ring tight around your bulb holder