3D Printing a Replacement Clip for the IKEA PULT Ceiling Lamp
Just as I was just about to fix up this IKEA PULT Ceiling Lamp (at least I think that’s what it is), gasp, there is a missing clip which holds the round glass cover in place! Not a good sign as this is going to be installed with the curved glass piece facing down, and I don’t really fancy getting smashed on the head with a falling glass piece from above. Sounds like a job for 3D printing!
Here’s a closeup of one of the remaining clips. Very nicely designed, really. =)
Here it is out of the little slot in the metal frame, so its basically a bendable U-shaped piece, bent to hold the glass cover in place.
Would hate for this light to go to waste or having to buy a new lamp just because this one was missing one piece. So out comes the vernier calipers, some rough reckoning on the dimensions and after about 15 minutes, got a 3D model based on this piece out. Very simple design but really one of the first shots at modelling a real life “practical” component, which needs to bend. Of course, it looks not as cool as the original with its curved surfaces and all
A quick slicing later in high resolution and 100% infill, to ensure maximum structural strength and integrity, its off to our Replicator 2 to print it out.
Printing printing printing, with the original clip next to it as a reference.
The base of the piece getting formed. Good thing about this design – don’t need support or rafts.
Almost halfway done, as the base is completed. Once again, checking with the original piece side by side to see how close or far off the printed model is going to be. At this point, its still pretty much a crap shoot and so not much expectation of getting the clip to work at the first shot.
Finally, the piece is done! Looks close enough to the original piece, save for the curved bottom surface. Still no idea of whether this is going to work at this point.
Another closer side by side comparision of the printed and original lamp clip pieces.
Whoa – Great Success! It actually worked the first time round. You have to imagine our surprise as with most things in 3D printing, you don’t really get used to stuff working through in one shot! Pleasant surprise indeed =)
Here’s how the original piece looks and works from the under side of the slot…
And here’s the printed replacement part doing its thing in the same way. Seems good enough for us!
Here’s the final clip and “fixed” lamp! Of course, will probably be looking at creating the same coloured clips soon or at least printing the another replacement clip in natural/transparent colour, but hey – not to shabby given around 30-40 mins from design to print to getting a working piece.
As you can see, 3D printing never ceases to amaze us when it comes to what kind of value it can provide.
Only just as recent as a year or 6 months ago, being faced this problem would mean either putting the lamp aside and not using it due to safety reasons, having to buy a completely new lamp and dumping this one (which contributes to increased trash) or getting the exact same model again so at least there are more compatible clips and a “backup” lamp in case the old one kicks at the bucket (yes, I do stuff like that)
But now, we’re just a quick design and print away from creating parts which put the usefulness back in very many different objects around us. And we’re only just getting started! =)
In the spirit of sharing, here’s the model on Thingiverse also if you’re facing the same problem - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:62540.We hope it helps to have a lamp somewhere out there from a trip to the landfill!