Atomic Sun

by mrule, published

Atomic Sun by mrule Feb 6, 2011

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20 socket truncated icosahedral lamp, built form previous Thingiverse parts.


Please see

http://crawlingrobotfortress.blogspot.com/2011/02/atomic-sun.html or

for an assembly walk-through.

These are the thingiverse parts used. Please see the individual things for the .stl files.

11 × the pentagon from http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:5961
1 × http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6117
20 × http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6055
1 × http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:6149

note on hinge clearance : The hinges can sometimes be a little tight. Make sure the first layer isn't pressed too far into the build platform. A compressed first layer will propagate up and make part of the hinge wider, decreasing the clearance. These parts are designed to fit tightly and may require pliers to assemble. If all else fails, removing some of the pins on the hinges can make assembly easier.

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This is a new way to make what I used CNC to do several years ago: http://e-dot.comhttp://e-dot.com . I would have been pretty excited back then about desktop 3D printing but the materials, speed and cost still make CNC, metal forming, casting etc. more marketable if you need to crank out hundreds of objects a week. By now I'm so far along with learning more traditional methods and inventing all manner of tweaks that the raw look of 3D printed (or laser cut wood or acrylic) parts doesn't excite my interest. I'd want ridiculous speed, three colors of metal, transparency, rubber, surface imagery in full color, etc.

As a chemist by training I think this is definitely possible but without a billion dollar industry to propel development beyond simple mockups or monocolor mold masters, I don't think true production quality will be available for decades or more. Eventually it will all be made using living cells p
rogrammer to make bone, bioplastics like fingernails, and nice alligator skin etc. That sort of exotic materials variation would be a game changer. But it's a century or two off.

Why didn't you upload fiels :

I manually added links to the components in the "Instructions" field.

When you're adding parts, there is a "Things as parts" section at the bottom. You just put in the Thingiverse ID number (just the number, not a link) and a count. Then hit 'add'.

I did this. The parts are there. Its just not obvious how to get back to the original Thing from the part page. Rather than seeing the files, it just takes you to a blank part page saying "no suppliers". There is a small link on the right side-bar that takes you to the thing. This is not at all obvious.

You're right...

I went back to one of my recently published things, and the Thingiverse parts I added aren't working 'correctly' either... I could have sworn that when I first added them, the links took you to the Thingiverse object, and not a 'part' page... Maybe I was hallucinating... :-[

Making the link to a
Thingiverse part should be more intuitive. If it can't/shouldn't just take you to the actual object page, then maybe the actual Thingiverse object link could be considered a 'supplier'? DONT_KNOW

I think those are both good ideas. I sent the second one into the suggestion box.

The object is actually composed of other objects I've uploaded separately. When I made the parts list, I thought it would link to the different things I used.

It seems like that has not happened. It may be a bug in the "parts" feature, or I may have used the interface incorrectly. I will add links in the description imminently.


The other concern is what happens to all the CFLs if the lamp comes crashing down, though this would be a concern for any chandelier.