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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:


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.










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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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