Blooming Flower Night Light

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Blooming Flower Night Light by ossum Oct 3, 2016
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I decided to make a 3D printed night-light for my soon-to-be-born baby girl's room and, as is the norm with my projects, I got a bit carried away, so I present to you the fully-articulated, wifi-enabled, 3d-printed night-light (patent not pending).

Assembly Video: https://youtu.be/j5hbdZT09PA

Full build instructions can be found here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Blooming-Marvelous-Flower-Lamp/

Please note the CC-Attribution license, you are welcome to sell prints of this design, you only need to credit me (either link to this page, my webpage http://www.ossum.co.za or my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ossumdesigns )

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Beautiful work!
I'm currently printing out a couple, but I'm undecided on how I want to do the electronics. Too many choices. :)
I was wondering about the cable. Could a length of ABS or nylon filament be substituted? I would think that nylon would hold up with the flexing. Not sure about ABS.

Frame hanging wire from Home Depot works

I just happened to have some of that in the house. Was a snug fit, but works perfectly.
Thanks for the idea!

I think ABS would be very likely to snap, but nylon might work. If the servo is positioned well and the mechanism is all moving smoothly then there is not much pressure on it.

I handled the electronics with an ES8266 wifi module, but it was massive overkill and a real pain to demonstrate, I am still planning on going back and just installing a push button.

Yeah. I wasn't sure about ABS considering the servo position. Then again, it could be repositioned anywhere you want. I'll give nylon a shot. Or I might just break down and get a cable (most likely, since I'd like this to last).
I have some Arduino Nanos I was planning on using for this project, but I was also thinking about adding buttons. I was thinking about adding the buttons to a base, since the bottom of the pot is open. Would leave your model unmodified (and help keep my sanity trying to edit it). :)
Thanks for the reply!

A nano would be perfect. The cable worked well for me, and it was dirt cheap from the local rope shop.

If I ever get around to making a base with a button I will upload it. I was going to just add one in line with the power cable like lots of lamps are done (but of course it can't just flip the power on and off because then then animation wouldn't work, so my plan was to use a piece of ethernet cable, two of the strands for power and two from the micro to the button and back)

It seems like there is a file missing in de package. Namely the top of the LED holder.

Whoops! Thanks for the feedback, I have uploaded the file.

Thanks for the quick reply. I'm printing it right now (takes a while).
I'll see if there's a possibility to post a picture of the result.

My pleasure. Yes, some of the parts are quite slow (the base and the ball in particular), petals are nice and quick, but I did them one at a time to avoid stringing and blobbing from messing up the surfaces.

I would very much like to see the end result. Let me know if you have any troubles with assembly.

It's possible to print with an fdm printer ? what kind of printer do you have if you do not mind to share with us. Very nice design and print ! congrats.


It definitely is possible. I printed it on my CraftBot+ without any problems.

Take a look at my Instructable for more details, but almost all of it can be printed without support (except the ball of course, it required a lot).

I printed each petal separately so that they would have nice surfaces (otherwise the PETG tends to cause stringing as it moves between parts)

The thin parts (petal and ball) are all 0.8mm thick, i.e. 2 layers with a 0.4mm nozzle.

All of the parts have been designed with a flat surface to make them easy to print.

It's possible to print with an fdm printer ? what kind of printer do you have if you do not mind to share with us. Very nice design and print ! congrats.

I see the animation on the instructable. Is there a video of the real one in action?
Did you use fusion360 for modelling?

I have uploaded a video of it working now (and assembly): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5hbdZT09PA

The frontpage photo/gif animation on the instructable is of the real thing moving (although I have improved the code so that the light turns on slowly as the petals open). I will release some video shortly and let you know, just as soon as it is edited!

Yes, I used F360 for the design.