Menorah for 5mm LEDs
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See the back story for more info on what led up to this thing's design.
Menorah designed to be easily wired and worked with 5mm LEDs. The back is open for ease of wiring, and the candle locations are sized for the mounting flanges on 5mm LEDs. The base has mounting pegs for a Raspberry Pi Zero (use M2.5x5mm screws) although it looks like we may wind up using an Arduino.
Initial print ran into issues when filament got tangled up so the early photos show an incomplete print. Photos also show an earlier design which seemed a bit too weak in the support between the base and the menorah body. Will update as we redesign/reprint.
Well, I designed the thing for 5mm LEDs, and Sam went and got 10mm gumdrops for another project, and liked them so much he is wiring it up with those. Still looks pretty cool, though.
- 3D file format: SKP and STL
- Publication date: 2020/01/30 at 01:15
Note: I wanted to try Cults3D as a possible alternative to Thingiverse, but after giving it a bit of a look, I'm not super impressed. Feel free to visit my Thingiverse page if they can manage to keep that site running:
I went to school as a mechanical engineer, and got interested in 3D modeling, specifically the SDRC I-DEAS CAD/CAM software system. This interest got me my first job working for a CAD/CAM reseller doing pre and post-sales support. I was lucky to be involved in 3D printing in the early 90s - for a demo of rapid prototyping, I modeled the mouse from my HP-UX CAD workstation and it was rendered via stereolithography. I still have that model, but across the years I stopped using CAD and moved to systems administration. Now that 3D printing is affordable and mostly reliable, I've gotten into it and am having a blast. I printed all the usual cute little trinkets and tchotchkes, but quickly got bored of that. What I find most interesting is needing something, then spending a little bit of time in a CAD program and soon after that having a real, functional version of the part in my hand.
I'm a cyclist and bike mechanic as a hobby and a side job, and have found endless applications of 3D printing to both bikes and bike maintenance. Coworkers have also come to me with many varied requests, each of which has been an interesting challenge and an opportunity to learn.
I am constantly learning, constantly trying to challenge myself to learn new things and technologies, so hopefully as I progress my designs will continue to improve.
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