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Posted · Can I print a 'light pipe'?

I would like to print structures that are illuminated with LEDs. Specifically, I would like to create a structure that guides light from the LED to some sort of orifice/output i.e. a light-pipe. But also, I am interested in creating structures that light up more or less homogeneously when LEDs are positioned at an appropriate spot. For example a ring that lights up entirely with one or two LEDs underneath.

I have experimented with transparent PLA on a Makerbot and although I can get the light to come through, the spectral content is changed a lot (just about everything turns into yellow) and the output is fairly dim. Now that I am on an Ultimaker with Ultimaker PLA and this awesome community (grin), any ideas were to go next for me? Or is this a hopeless endeavor?

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