Arcade Button Light Switch

by Bible9230, published

Arcade Button Light Switch by Bible9230 Feb 7, 2013


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Convert your boring old light switches into something more exciting! Mix and match your button and box colors to suit your mood or decor. You have the option of single, double, or triple switch configurations.


This conversion only works for rocker switches. New rockers with plenty of spring action work best. If you have toggle switches, you will need to change them out.

How many switches are you going to cover? Select and print the proper lid, box, and plate.

Print the number of buttons and rings needed for your lid choice. The ring is the only part that will need to be printed using supports in MakerWare.

Some parts have a .015 deep pocket on the backside to make it easier to remove the prints from the table surface. I hope this helps.

Part Clean Up:
You may need to do some light sanding or filing (needle files work best) to get the parts to fit together properly. The inside surface of the rings will probably need the most work to ensure a smooth sliding of the buttons. The rings should fit firmly into the lid holes.

Box Assembly:
Place all of your rings into the lid and set face down onto a flat surface. Only glue from the BACK SIDE (there is a photo for reference). Using a hot glue gun, lightly tack each ring in place making certain the ring and lid are fully together. Very little glue is needed

It's better to glue the lid and box together after the rings are already glued in place to make certain the lid will fit firmly into the box. With the lid still flat on the table, set the box on lid. Don't squeeze the wall sides while glueing since it may affect the fit onto the adapter plate. Lightly tack into place with hot glue.

Final Assembly:
Your rocker light switches will need to be spaced properly from the wall to get the best fit. The distance from the top face of the adapter plate to the wall should be about .250 . If it needs to be spaced further from the wall, you can print the light switch spacer and slip it onto the switch as shown in the example photo.

Lightly tighten the adapter plate screws. If you tighten them too much, the mounting tabs will bend outward making it harder or impossible to snap the box into place.

Slip your buttons into the rings.

Slip the complete assembly onto the adapter plate starting with the bottom tabs and snap into place. The box should be flush with the wall. If there is a gap, remove the adapter plate, and screw the switches closer to the wall. If the tabs cannot snap onto the adapter plate then the swtiches need to spaced further from the wall.

Play Time:
You can now Uppercut your lights on and Body Blow your lights off! You can also Zap your fan on and Hyperspace your fan off!

You can make it look even more like an arcade panel by decorating a piece of paper and glueing it onto the lid before the rings are tacked into place. You could even give names to the buttons.

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so this was scaled in inches? why?


So small Cura barely sees it ? Alternate version anywhere?

You probably need to switch to inches instead of mm.

HI. Would you be willing to post the original files so I can modify? Thank you.

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I'm currently in the process of printing out all the components. I should be able to show my finished product in about a week. I also had sizing issues as well but discovered my printer also is supported by Autodesk Print Studio, once I launched the software, changed the scale from mm to in, then imported the .stl file, models were properly sized and all I had to do was press print.

Print Studio: https://support.ember.autodesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/212823998-Install-Print-Studio

if you cam upload a metric file for this that would be great! its like an inch in my slicer

Your slicer program should be able to do the conversion. It's usually an option of using inch or metric for your chosen part and it makes the changes automatically.

it seems that some other people are having trouble with the part so if you could upload a metric version that would be great. I'm not trying to be mean but I'm using matter control and it won't let me change in.

You can change the scale ratio within MatterControl. http://wiki.mattercontrol.com/3D_View/Edit#SCALE In the edit mode select the scale drop down menu, change the ratio to "in to mm (25.4)".

Would you be able to post the DWG or editable 3D files for this model?
I would like the ability to add an embedded symbol or icon to make it easier to remember which switch is for what appliance. Thanks.

How much material would this item use in USD? Also, I am thinking of buying the following printers, please give me your recommendation regarding best choice. (1.lulzbot mini 2.craftbot 3. makerbot replicator)

I do not know how much material is used to make this. I know it doesn't use that much. I can recommend the Replicator since that's what I use.

ive found that if you make it 24 time as big as the original it will fit the socket

Is there a quadruple version planned? :D

Curious if you used or tried any different types of filament?

This is an excellent design! It goes together perfectly and works great! One of the very best prints you will find. Kudos.

This is rad, and will be used in all my rooms soon! Thinking of remixing this to work for generic push buttons, to replace doorbell buttons mechanically (rather than electrically with an arcade-style microswitch).

I would love to print these but I have the skinny/pointy type of switches.... Perhaps I can make a converter and link it to this. My roomate is a mechanical egr student and has a cool mechanical lever-linkage type thing made out of laser cut wood on his lightswitch, this could be just the thing to 1up him! Excelsior!

This is such a cool idea. I think your light switches might be bigger than mine though, it may need adjusting for me.

I want to print this but when I open the files they come up extremely tiny. Do you know much they are supposed to be scaled to?

The parts were designed in inches. Your default setting is probably set to metric so they are showing up in mm. I don't know what system you are using, but MakerWare has a simple conversion from mm to inches.

I’m curious if anyone has made one yet. You may be pleasantly surprised how
well it works.

great idea and nice work!