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Vickers Viscount 700 Series Reading Lamp

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Vickers Viscount 700 Series Reading Lamp by R2maker Mar 1, 2013
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Posted are STL files from a laser scan of orginal Vickers Viscount 700 Series aircraft reading lamps. These files can be used to create a complete and EXACT replica of the reading lamps.

I have a Sideshow Collectables Life Sized R2-D2 that has broken lamps after it's first trip to Makerfaire. I used a Makerbot Replicator 2 to prototype a set of replacement lamps. I'm now having a set of replicas made out of original materials and using orginal manufacturing process fabricated to replace the damaged lamps.



This thing is based on a set of 3 original Vickers Viscount Reading Lamps that I purchased many years ago from John Sherrill. John spent months finding a batch of them at an aerospace surplus yard.

I disassembled one of the lamps which, unfortunately, resulted in some damage to the grasp and to the lens . It is not easy to take something apart for the first time when you have no idea how it was put together.)

Two reading lamps were sent out to be laser scanned. One lamp was the dissassembled lamp to scan each individual piece. One lamp remained assembled in order to capture how the parts fit together.

The scan mesh was put throuhg a geometric solver in order to reverse engineer critical sections back into canonical geometry . The solver iterates through thousands of combinations to find the solution with the least amount of average deviation from the scanned mesh. The reesults were convert into CATIA V5 and modeled as solid geometry.

The orginal delivered solid geometry did not include the threads on the grasps, threads, or lens seat. The files have been updated temporarily with 20TPI 1-5/8 UN threads while research continures into the exact thread pattern.

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hello what scale should these be printed at

As I wrote before, the parts measures are ok. No need to scale. I just scaled the ring with the thread to 98%. I printed them in ABS 0.2mm.

I have problems skrewing the threads in the grip. Should I scale the thread?

UPDATE: I reduced the threads by 2% and it works fine

I think it depends on the resolution of your particular machine and what resolution you are printing. The guys from the r2builders have been printing these fine. I've just had one run on a very high end Stratasys machine and the threads were incredible. I get good threads printing at high resolution on the Makerbot replicator 2 ... Although it doubles the print time.

Glad to hear you got it working! Hope you enjoy your new reading lamps! :)

I printed all the lamp parts. I just reprinted the threads at 98% and all works fine. You really did a great job!
How do you attach the springs to the back support?

Any word on those parametric files? It looks like the site hasn't been updated in quite a while.

The parametric files will be released in conjunction with 100% correct reproduction reading lamp April 1st 2014

Any update on the video or assembly instructions? checked your website....but nothing seems active yet.....

Excellent Stuff! Thanks. I tried importing the eye parts but had problems with the STLs.... although there was one STEP file in there for a bracket part and that imported perfectly. Could you upload the STEP files for the parts as well as the STLs? Thanks again. Looking forward to what else you have coming....

The bracket is STEP? That explains why the image never showed up. That was a mistake. It should have been STL. l'll fix this tonight.

I had a problem printing the holo-eye swivel top, I use slicr and pronterface, it seemed to print the first 20 layers or so, then jumped up in the z an inch or so and started printing in the air? Could it be the software I am using??? all other parts printed fine.

I was able to print all the parts on the makerbot using the new version of makerware.

I have to model the threads. From there I can put together a short animation showing the assembly steps. Stay tuned!

awesome, how does it all go together?

I am working on a video this afternoon. I'll post it on youtube tonight.

Did you ever get that video up? I have a set of the pieces but the threaded ring part has no threads and is too big to fit the mating pieces. Just curious how others have gotten around this.

The new STL file include the UNC 20 TPI threads. I am not sure how well these will print on a 3D printer.