Tinkerlight Clip and Ring set

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Tinkerlight Clip and Ring set by bball61 Apr 9, 2016
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This is the basic ring and clip set for the Tinkerlight system. Creating a lamp requires the lamp hardware kit, as well as your own 3D design.

Full details of the system are at:


I have a batch of hardware kits for sale on ebay for $5 each: http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/152286884727?

You will also need your own USB power source.

This set is being provided for people who want to create their own design for a lamp that will work with the Tinkerlight hardware (three complete designs have been posted to Thingiverse as well).

You can attach the clip to your lamp design in your favorite 3D design software and print out the results along with the mount ring.

There are some important considerations when creating your own lamp design concerning heat. 3D plastic filament melts at a low temperature. The LED in use by the hardware kit generates a lot of heat. The PCB gets hot enough to melt printed filament over most of its surface (and possibly burn a finger!). The mounting ring designed for this application holds the PCB only by its edges and provides for ample air flow around the PCB while keeping fingers away (at least from the back side). Thus the LED module should only be used mounted in the ring designed for it.

Also, the heat generated by the LED could soften or melt printed filament directly above it. Leave at least 2 inches of open airspace above the LED if you are mounting it similarly to the Tinkerlight Rocket Lamp design (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1478138) and include vent holes near the top of your design.

The light source supplied with the kit is a neutral white (4000-4500k) LED that consumes 2.25 watts (450ma at 5 volts).

The desk lamp parts will print on most printers without supports and a 6x6x6 build platform. ABS is recommended for its higher heat resistance but the lamp will work with PLA.

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