Mario Themed Desk Lamp

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Mario Themed Desk Lamp by Sparky6548 Feb 27, 2016
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Mario themed desk lamp

This is a project based on a number of similar lamps I've seen on the internet. Some were made of cast iron, some with ABS plumbing pipes. Mine is completely 3D printed.

I used a free model of Mario called Mario (2) Trophy that I got from models-resources.com/download 3794. It was submitted by thegameexplorer and is from the game Super Smash Bros. Brawl. I had to do a bit of work on the .obj file before I could use it because it was open mesh. I wanted to modify it (to put the bead chain hanger on it). I also had to scale it up quite a bit because it was very small.

I wanted to use the Mario question block lampshade by leethegeek - thing 954281, but it was too big and scaling it left the sides too thin. I had to recreate it from scratch. Wanted to give credit though.

I also used Piranha pencil topper by BrandonW6 - thing 39443. All I added here was a stem for it.

And lastly, I used rtideas thing 744570 strain relief (slightly scaled up to accomodate my power cord) to attach the cord to the deck.

All the rest I designed myself.

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FlashForge Creator pro


Doesn't Matter








I printed this with ABS: temp 235 with bed temp @ 100 for first layer, 95 for the rest.
Also turned on cooling fan after the first layer.

Custom Section


There are 2 versions of the pipe elbows. I had too much trouble trying to print them whole, so split them in half. If you print the whole ones, you will need 2 (good luck). If you print the halves, you need 4.

You will need 8 of the couplings, and 3 of the medium pipes.

Print one of each of the other parts. There is an extra pipe (pipe_long) that I was going to use, but wound up using a medium instead. I left it in the upload just in case someone wanted a taller lamp. There are also 2 piranha plant stems, one straight and one curved. Take your pick.

Edit 7/16/2016: You need to print 2 each of the pipe_short and the pipe_warp files, as well as 2 of the elbows.

There are 2 versions of Mario. The one with supports was oriented by meshmixer to the optimum position for printing and had the supports generated for it. I also included one without supports in case someone has a better way to print it.

There are also 2 PDF files. One showing how the lamp should look when finished, and one that is a cutaway picture showing how to wire it (for those who are electrically challenged).

I left an 8mm hole in one end of the wall for an electrical cord. I didn't put a similar hole in any of the pipes, because I don't know what configuration you might use. Just drill an appropriately sized hole in whichever pipe is on the bottom of the assembly.

There is also a hole in the deck of the wall for an m3 screw and nut for attaching a strain relief wire clamp to. I used thing 744570, but You could also use a zip tie and zip tie holder of which there are several on thingiverse.

The lamp socket is similar to this one from Amazon - Satco 90-1556. The pull-chain single pole switch is like this one from Amazon - Gardner Bender GSW-32 Nickel Plated Pull Chain Switches. The socket is for a candelabra based bulb due to the size of the lampshade. I recommend using a low wattage lamp or LED lamp to avoid possibly melting the plastic shade.

When assembling the lamp, do not glue the two pipe plugs. If you ever need to replace the socket or switch, you will need to be able to remove the plug(s) so you can have access. The fit is tight enough to hold them in position without glue.

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Nice I have a lot of 1 1/2 inch and 2 inch Pvc pips and fittings, just waiting to be used lol Could be a nice project for them.

Yeah, I made one of these out of 1 1/4" ABS plumbing parts a few years before I got my printer. Thought it would make a good 3D printed project that would also teach me CAD. Turns out, it's my most popular design by a factor of 10. Glad you like it.

I'm printing this now, I realized that you didn't include a lid for the coin block. Does it work ok as a lamp without a top? I'll post pics as soon as I get done.

If you are referring to the lampshade, then yes, it is designed to be a lamp. The top is open because of heat from the bulb. The lamp base is connected through the bottom of the lampshade. Look at the cuttaway.pdf file. It shows how the lamp base is connected and how it is wired.

I suppose if you wanted to have the top covered, you could make a top for it, but then you would need to use a low voltage LED for the lamp. Otherwise, you take a chance of melting the plastic or maybe causing a fire.

As far as your piranha plant head goes, did you print that in red filament and paint on the white or print it in white filament and paint in the red? Or did you just paint everything? I've got spray paints and a small box of paints stashed from a model kit but man, it just looks so precise and I know I don't have a steady hand. I'm working on printing parts out to make this but paranoid about how well it'll turn out. My red filament looks orange almost so I'm thinking of spray painting my base but that plant and Mario are what are going to hurt me. Haha! I'm going to do Mario in a white filament. I'm just going to have to be as precise as I can be and hope for the best. Thanks for sharing this as it really is awesome and I'm sure excited to get it finished.

I printed it in red, then painted the white. The tricky part was doing the teeth. It's hard to get all around them without getting white paint on the inside of the mouth.

As for Mario, I printed him in blue as I recall, then painted the other colors on that. Just be patient and keep paper towels, cotton swabs, and water to handy clean up mistakes. I have recently started using paint pens from the craft store for the detail work. It helps a lot.

Good luck, and please post your make when you finish!

Thank you very much! One last question? How did you get the pipes to fit so well in the base? Mine practically slide right through and I feel like if I use glue, it still won't be thick enough to stick to the base or at least there may be a slight gap on one side of the pipe. I don't have a thick glue and not sure how to get them to stay without sinking right through.

Hmm. It's been almost 11 months since I posted this lamp, but as I recall the pipes fit well enough to glue them with super glue. I didn't even glue the two smaller pipes until much later when i gifted the lamp to a granddaughter. I'm sorry you are having trouble.

If the gap is too big for super glue, you could 'weld' them from the bottom using a short length of filament chucked into a drill. The friction from the spinning filament will melt it and let you weld the pipes. Another option would be to use hot glue (again, from the underside). I suggest trying these options on some test pieces before doing it to your real pipes though.

Also, I just remembered something pertaining to painting the model. I used some bamboo skewers that I liberated from the kitchen to do the fine detail work on Mario. You could use wooden toothpicks if you don't have skewers. Just dip the tip into the paint and go for it. Worked great for his eyes, the M on his hat, and getting into tight places without getting paint all over everything.

Hey, no problems! Thanks a lot for answering my questions and for the advice. When you printed out the Mario, did yours have small gaps in the head by the ears and hat? I printed with a 20% infill and it looks like the head is hollow, as I can see through from one side to the other. I could take pictures if you'd interested in seeing. If you have any more helpful tips or some advice, I'd be grateful. If you can't tell, I'm pretty new to all this, just got a printer for Christmas and this is my first, "big" project. I've printed a few other things but this one is one that requires more time and attention. I'm really enjoying it tho and can't wait till it's finished! Getting closer! Thanks again!

Yeah, the inside of the head is partially hollow. Mario is not one of my designs. I am not an artist, and could never do that good of a job trying to create Mario from scratch. I did a huge amount of searching for a model that world work with my project, and this one was the closest I could find to what I envisioned. It wasn't originally designed to be 3D printed, so the designer didn't try to make it 'manifold'. I did some work on it in Meshmixer to make it watertight and add the bead chain connector, but my skill level at that time (2 months after getting my printer) didn't allow me to fix all of the problems with it. It worked for me, and as far as I know, for the others who have done this project. If I was doing this project today, I would probably just buy a toy Mario (or Luigi, Wario, Yoshi, or maybe all of the above) and scan it, then edit the scan for my model.

That said, it should be possible to fix the problems with the model using Meshmixer or other mesh editing software. I don't have the ambition or time to do it myself, but if you want to take a crack at it, go for it! The best way to learn this stuff is to just jump in and do it. Remember, YouTube is your friend when it comes to learning 3D stuff.

hii printed mario 3 times befor it wase ok ,all fits together good ,fited a swith on the base and it works, many thanks for this very good job.

Thank you. I also had difficulty printing Mario. It took a while to find the one I wanted, then a number of tries to get a good print. I used a pull chain switch with Mario hanging from it to switch the lamp on and off, but a switch on the base is also a good option. I'd love to see your make when it's finished.

Ok very nearly printed all the parts, little confused at what goes were, points I'm struggling on are...the 2 tubes in the base,the plant and the middle one, and the one into the lamp.could you give me a breakdown of the file names for each base section if possible....thanks for your time

I used pipe_short for the bottom of the lamp assembly, that couples to pipe_medium or pipe_long, depending on how tall you want the finished lamp to be. Whichever one you choose couples to one side of the tee. The center of the tee couples to another pipe_short, then to one of the elbows. That elbow gets the pipe_plug with the hole in it for the lamp socket (don't glue it) and the lamp shade. the other side of the tee couples directly to the other elbow, which then couples to the pipe_switch, which gets the switch in it. Then the other pipe_plug couples to the end of the switch_pipe (don't glue it either, so you will always have access to the electrical connections).

The other two pipes are both pipe_warp, and either of them can have the piranha plant.

In reading my original description on Thingiverse, I just noticed that I only call for one each of the pipe_short and the pipe_warp. Sorry about that, it should be 2 each. Maybe that's what led to your confusion.

that's way better explanation lol, thanks mate really appreciate it.

I'm planning on starting this, this week, being an absolute noob when it comes to electrics, can anyone point me in the right direction for a UK fittings of both the light fitting and the switch, I can't seem to find any anywhere that is the same as this .
And I take it wiring is not to difficult?

Thanks for any help

Sorry, live in the US, so don't know where to look in UK. However, after a quick search on Amazon UK I found this switch:


which is nearly identical to the one I used in the original. As for the lamp socket, I didn't find anything comparable on Amazon UK. Probably because of voltage differences and maybe different styles of sockets used there. Maybe someone more familiar with local hardware can help you find the correct socket. I recommend something low wattage, perhaps LED based to keep the heat inside the lampshade down.

Good luck, and thanks for deciding to print my design.

Cheers sparky for the quick reply, really appreciate it, thanks for the links, I'll do some more research, I'm just printing another lamp off here, and have the parts, so I may print the part and see if the socket I have fits.
I'll stick the pics up when it's all sorted.

Great print..

its a great print and really fits together well as soon as i can print off the mario ill upload pics

Wonderful! Great Job, I love it

Thank you for your kind words :)

Mate you ve done a fantastic job with this im printing one as we speak for my office desk :P will post pics when complete

Very nice. What is your total print time for this (not including the junk and test pieces you created along the way)?

Don't know exactly... for the reasons you mentioned. Spent an inordinate amount of time trying to get a decent print of a Mario model. Most of the ones I tried were not designed for 3D printing and had real issues. Best guess, not counting failed prints and reprints because things didn't fit, about 30 to 35 hours.