StormTrooper LED Light/Nightlight

by jjpowelly, published

StormTrooper LED Light/Nightlight by jjpowelly Jun 30, 2015
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Here's a video of it in action...


Here's a group I made for my LED lights and things, if you like my LED designs, join the group and you'll be updated as I upload new ones... I plan on making a lot more logos just like this. So if you have and suggestions, please tell me and I'll make it.


This is a extruded LED StromTrooper I printed on my dual extruder... I took a JPEG of the StromTrooper and traced it in Solidworks... I then extruded and filleted the StromTrooper and saved it as its own STL to be used in dual extrusion... I then designed a plate around the StromTrooper, added holes for screws and save that as its own STL... Lastly, I design a shell to go around the plate and StromTrooper, the shell has aligned screw holes so it can be fastened to the plate...

I then printed the shell in regular ole black PLA on my Rep 2... And I did the dual extrusion using the same black PLA for the plate and I used Bendlay (link below) to print the StromTrooper... I used Bendlay because it is extremely translucent (91% of light passes through)...

I then hooked up an RGB LED strip, wrapped it around the inner shell and hooked it up to an IR receiver so it can be controlled with a remote...

Bendlay Link:

I've also made the following logo's, designs for LED hookup...

SuperMan: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:905146
Punisher: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:905140
Transformers Autobot: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:903550
Transformers Decepticon: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:903558
IronMan: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:904807
Jeep Emblem: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:908360
Batman: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:908353
SpiderMan: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:904822
Mortal Kombat Logo: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:904811
Full Makerbot Logo: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:899723
Makerbot 'M' logo: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:903428
Apple Logo: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:903448
Android Robot: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:903441
MakerFaire Robot: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:900647
I <3 3DPing w/beating heart: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:900678



Pretty straight forward, You're going to want to dual extrude the plate and StromTrooper together... I used PLA Black for the plate and Bendlay for the StromTrooper due to the fact Bendlay is extremely translucent (91% of light passes through)... But you could use Natural PLA or a translucent filament, but they aren't as translucent as Bendlay is...

I did not print a floor on the plate and StromTrooper print so it would allow more light to pass through... I did too much infill (10% linear) on mine... I wish I would have done about 5.

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Hey, so is there a way to print this with a single extruder?
Just love the light designs like these, but im not sure how to print them with single extruder.
I gave it a try printing and hoping they would just fit together but there was no way getting the to fit.

What a great design! Many thanks for sharing!
Just uploaded a remix for a pluggable nightlight with bells'n'whistles.
Hope you like it!
Cheers, Axel

What software did you use to slice this? When I use Cura and try to merge for a dual extrusion print, the storm trooper and the plate do not light up.

Let up or line up? I assume since you're talking about slicing you meant that they are not lining up... I personally use Simplify3D and repitier and have no issues... You can just move them around on the bed until the line up... And if it still doesnt get perfect, you can just scale it up ever so slightly... But I can assure you it is not a design issue because I used the same exact sketches to make both parts.

I love my fat fingers. :) You are correct, I meant "line up". I did not mean to imply a design issue. This is not the first design I've hade this issue with. Thank you for letting me know the software you use. That helps me correlate where I may want to spend my $$$ next. It is a nice design and I would love to print it.