One of the recent requests we got came in from someone who needed a replacement LED light clip done up as one of the old clips had broke. It was a rather small and delicate piece. So it seemed like a nice challenge to put some quick 3d modelling towards to get a usable 3d printed replacement for it. It’s pretty reminiscent of the time we actually did something like this for our own IKEA lamp clip replacement.
The original manufacturer apparently doesn’t provide just the spare part needed and it would be a large expense of hundreds of dollars just to get a new LED lamp. And not to mention the waste of tossing what is essentially a working condition lamp save for the clip.
So in any case, this was the piece in question, seen here right next to a Singapore dollar coin to give a sense of its scale. Really petite piece!
Thankfully, it was a rather straightforward design to model out thought a little time consuming to get all the relevant measurements one by one using a pair of vernier calipers. As always, it helps to visualize how certain parts of the model can created by “subtracting” from a more basic shape.
Given the scale factor for 3d printing this replacement part, it was likely that we were looking at several rounds of tweaks and changes to get things right. But we somehow got lucky and nailed it on the first try. Above is a picture of the 3d printed replacement part (in golden filament) right next to the original piece in grey.
This piece was printed on an ATOM 3D printer at high resolution settings to be able to get the precision we needed. The fact that we had just installed the heated bed onto our machine was also a lucky bonus to keep the bottom of the piece super flat!
And there we have it – the shot of the 3d printed replacement clip at work (albeit the fact that it is non visible and on the inside). We never cease to be amazed still at seeing how this process of replicating pieces has become so accessible to us these days – giving us a means of breathing new life into slightly damaged or broken devices. What a world we live in! 😉