Would you run a 3d printed light lens?

Terbo Speghetti /

So I made some lenses to adapt onto trailer marker lights. They're pretty much break-proof, but I'm not sure how many people would buy them.

As it is, I made ten of them, complete with hardware and (old school incandescent) bulbs. Added chrome and special reflective paint behind the bulbs since there's no parabolic reflector in there.

I've got plans to make lenses for normal tail lights like the superman and such, but I had ten of these in a box and couldn't resist trying it.

You can see below that they're real hard to damage.

So, any takers? I dunno what to charge, but I'd like to get em on people's bikes to test and get feedback.

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todd amundson /

Why not? I run 3D print intakes

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that revo rear lens Tyler did is radical

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Terbo Speghetti /

How do you print those intakes? SLA? I'd be worried about air leaks at the mating surfaces with my FDM printers, esp if they weren't flat/square

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♣Slew Foot♣ /

I would worry about the elastomer and other additives in the plastic degrading due to exposure to ethanol and other gas additives.

I would use them to make a 2 piece wax model for sand casting.

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Terbo Speghetti /

That's not a real concern. There's plenty of filaments with great chemical resistance. I've been running a vented gas cap made from the same stuff as the light lenses I made. 4 years strong, no degradation yet.

That and an adapter for my airbox. That's right in the gas flow zone and it's fine too. Made it the same day as the gas cap.

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What material are you making these out of? I've had stock CEV taillights melt so I'd be pretty wary of any 3d printed lenses unless I was running LEDs

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Terbo Speghetti /

TPU. If you melted a regular lens, you've got a different problem. Time to get a voltage regulator

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> Terbo Speghetti Wrote:

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> TPU. If you melted a regular lens, you've got a different problem. Time

> to get a voltage regulator

On 12 V setups with batteries and regulators I've melted them.

Re: Would you run a 3d printed light lens?

Terbo Speghetti /

> Nick MBC Wrote:

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> > TPU. If you melted a regular lens, you've got a different problem.

> Time

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> On 12 V setups with batteries and regulators I've melted them.

If it's working the way it should, then that wouldn't have happened.

What I'm saying is that the problem there isn't the lens. If you melted one, you'll probably melt them all. You've got a different problem to address than lens melt point.

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Man I like that tail light. Makes me think you could really make some fun shapes for them. It is pretty easy to build a base for whatever shape you want.

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♣Slew Foot♣ /

Been thrifting...

For headlight buckets...

Chromed steel

Old 20s espresso. Pot

Carved dejembe drum

Camando 9v lantern housing.

Looking for the post apocalypse look...

Re: Would you run a 3d printed light lens?

that's cool. i 3d printed some adapters to put trailer lights on my car, but this is a whole next lev.

Re: Would you run a 3d printed light lens?

Terbo Speghetti /

Thanks Jay! And ueah I think you're right! I can probably make em with the clear spot for a plate light too. Gotta learn a couple more design tricks in solidworks first tho.

I could maybe make em in club logo shapes or with bike logos/badging...

Got my gears turning over here!

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3D printed Revo taillight since they are unobtainium

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I am currently running a 3d printed taillight lens on my MB5. Hasn't done anything weird yet. It's PLA so not the most durable plastic for outdoor use.

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Terbo Speghetti /

PLA is also the least heat-resistant 3d printing filament. If it's fine, TPU has nothing to worry about

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punkrock randy /

That shit’s lookin good and awesome for the durability!!! Now if only I could meet someone who could do something larger like all my Champ’s plastics 🤔

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Terbo Speghetti /

I'm aiming for big stuff! Just gotta make enough off the little things to get the right big printer

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Dirty30 Dillon /

This is neat for those lights you just cannot get anywhere else.

I wonder what the throw/visibility is with a standard bulb at distance, as that will be the real issue. Besides the translucent plastic of a standard lens, they are in fact mini "fresnel" lenses to help emit lit directly back at the person behind, not just ambient glow.

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Terbo Speghetti /

That's true of a few lenses. But not for many years. Instead of fresnel lenses, they use parabolic reflectors. A fresnel lens has a very recognizable configuration, kinda like stacked discs.

And the translucency of this stuff seems almost as good as what they use to injection mold. Prob down to the method of manufacture. There's always room for improvement.

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Have you seen the controllers that allow for multiple colors to be fed in? It would be cool if you could do a clear window spot for a license plate bracket with the tail light.

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♣Slew Foot♣ /

Do it like the oem slotted to fit a polycarbonate panel.

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> Jay Rivett Wrote:

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> Have you seen the controllers that allow for multiple colors to be fed

> in? It would be cool if you could do a clear window spot for a license

> plate bracket with the tail light.

I've got an IDEX machine so thats easy peasy.

I've got some PETG for future lens experiments. It handles heat and UV way better than PLA.

I dont think I've run across transparent TPU, thats cool.

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I did it cause I wanted a raccoon skull lamp. This one is transparent PLA with a coat of red taillight spraypaint from Oreillys,

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Terbo Speghetti /

Nice, what model IDEX printer do you have? Mine is a tenlog hands 2. Def built to a price, but a solid machine overall

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> Terbo Speghetti Wrote:

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> Nice, what model IDEX printer do you have? Mine is a tenlog hands 2. Def

> built to a price, but a solid machine overall

The Tenlog TL-D3, so same thing, just slightly bigger bed.

I've already shorted out the driver board for the extruders and had to replace it, had the extruder drive on X1 give up all tension, replaced the x1 hotend with an all metal microswiss clone and built a simple box so I can print ABS, cut the cover off of x2 so it's easier to adjust height, ummmm.... Random stuffs. I feel like I break something every two or three days. Kind of like a moped.

I've got it in my head I'm gonna swap to v6 style hotends but gotta figure out a height adjustment for x2 then. I've also been gathering parts to build a second printer because I want to be able to print huge stuff.

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Terbo Speghetti /

I had the same problem with the extruder board on two of mine! Swapped in some smaller pancake steppers on the "upgraded" extruders you can get on Amazon. That way the extruder stepper drivers run at a lower voltage and hopefully temperature. Also added a couple case fans wired straight to the PSU and printed a set of feet for the bottom to raise it up about 50mm. Kept sucking strings into the fan underneath before.

So yeah, it needs work out of the box for sure. But I like the results I'm getting now. Just a little bit bothered by how often I'm having to recalibrate x2/y2 and even z2. Any nozzle change or reason to take something apart on the hotend means at least an hour of tedious printing

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Dirty30 Dillon /

> Terbo Speghetti Wrote:

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> That's true of a few lenses. But not for many years. Instead of fresnel

> lenses, they use parabolic reflectors. A fresnel lens has a very

> recognizable configuration, kinda like stacked discs.

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> And the translucency of this stuff seems almost as good as what they use

> to injection mold. Prob down to the method of manufacture. There's

> always room for improvement.

I seent a fresnel

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Terbo Speghetti /

> Dirty30 Dillon Wrote:

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> > That's true of a few lenses. But not for many years. Instead of

> fresnel

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> > lenses, they use parabolic reflectors. A fresnel lens has a very

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> > recognizable configuration, kinda like stacked discs.

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> > And the translucency of this stuff seems almost as good as what they

> use

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> > to injection mold. Prob down to the method of manufacture. There's

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> I seent a fresnel

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Now that's a headlight

Re: Would you run a 3d printed light lens?

Dirty30 Dillon /

You're gonna need more than a reg/rec and some caps to run that 6k honker.

Also, probably need a side-car/trailer for the ballast.

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