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Posted · Cheap LED Lighting Add-on

Hi guys,

I have been running these little LED light strips on my Ultimaker for a while. I had them lazily taped onto my frame, but finally whipped up a nice little mounting channel yesterday and thought I would share.

LED lights themselves:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056Z036A/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Basically, you just take two of them stacked side by side and slide them into this channel, then bolt it onto the UM frame. I have one on the front and one on the right. This really helps with dialing a print in, as the bright, low-angle light helps show over/under-extrusion.

These LEDs are pretty cheap, and I have one dead bulb on 2/4 strands, but they have held there for quite a while now. Plus, you never really look straight at them, so it isn't obvious.

I had to do a little trimming on the LED strands to have them fit better. Near the wire end of the strands, the shape of the rubber flairs out a bit. You can just take a utility blade and carefully trim that area to keep roughly the same cross section as the rest of the strand. It won't be visible once they are in the channel.

https://www.youmagine.com/designs/led-light-bar-channel

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Posted · Cheap LED Lighting Add-on

I'm currently running these off a separate inverter I had laying around. I'd like to pop a switch into the side of the case and pull power from the UM electronics.

If anyone has a suggestion of where would be best to draw power, let me know!

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