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USB powered rig helmet light [message #24474] Sat, 05 March 2011 13:08 UTC Go to next message
avatar Psychobob  is currently offline Psychobob
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This is the first time I've ever had a 3D model printed out and I was pretty pleased with the results Smile This was a gift I made for a friend.

Like everyone, I have dozens of spare USB cables at home as they seem to come with everything, so I decided to put one of them to use. I cut off the end and soldered a resistor and LED on to the end to turn it into a coloured USB light. This then went inside the helmet to light it up.

So here are the pics.

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The WSF pieces temporarily blu-tacked together just so I could get a rough idea that everything printed ok and if I needed to sand anything down. Luckily, I didn't need to Smile
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The helmet was then superglued together and then I painted it with black and copper to give it an antique copper look. I also added extra bits inside the helmet to prepare for the USB light.
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I then put in the USB cable I put together earlier and then mounted everything onto a base that I painted black
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All finished. I plugged in the USB to light the LED and then took a picture next to my phone so you can get an idea of the scale.
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Of course, you've got to have a dark night shot Smile
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[Updated on: Thu, 26 April 2012 22:02 UTC]


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Re: USB powered Helmet light [message #24475 is a reply to message #24474 ] Sat, 05 March 2011 16:28 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Kaetemi  is currently offline Kaetemi
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Hahah, that looks awesome. Very Happy
What sort of paint did you use?


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Re: USB powered Helmet light [message #24485 is a reply to message #24475 ] Sat, 05 March 2011 19:56 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Psychobob  is currently offline Psychobob
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Cheers!

I went for enamel paint in the end. I just bought 2 small pots from a model shop near work which only cost about £1.60 each.


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Re: USB powered Helmet light [message #24490 is a reply to message #24485 ] Sun, 06 March 2011 00:22 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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That is Awesome !!


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Re: USB powered Helmet light [message #24500 is a reply to message #24485 ] Sun, 06 March 2011 10:09 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Looks great! Humbrol enamel, I guess ? I like using this paint on wsf, this gives a very nice finish.
Re: USB powered Helmet light [message #24502 is a reply to message #24474 ] Sun, 06 March 2011 15:27 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I logged in just to say very cool !!

That is exactly what i was looking for! for my Steampunk Dock for iPhone 4 - i.e: printing it with WSF and using this technique to give it a look of old Victorian age contraption


Cheers for the info !


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Re: USB powered Helmet light [message #24509 is a reply to message #24474 ] Sun, 06 March 2011 18:20 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar Psychobob  is currently offline Psychobob
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Thank you all for the comments, glad to see people other than me and my mate who I gave this to liked it Smile

@fx2: Quite right, Humbrol was the make of the paint. To be honest I didn't specifically go for that brand, it just happened to be the one they were selling and I'm glad it came out quite nice Razz


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Re: USB powered Helmet light [message #24657 is a reply to message #24474 ] Wed, 09 March 2011 15:26 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Looks fabulous! I've been wanting to incorporate LED's into something for a while now and using the USB cable was genius. Problem is I know NOTHING about electronics.

Would you (or anyone, for that matter) care to share that part of the process here, other than just saying "I soldered a resistor", I mean, more depth for the electronically impaired.

Glenn


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Re: USB powered Helmet light [message #24659 is a reply to message #24474 ] Wed, 09 March 2011 15:32 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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lensman, look into instructables.com there are a lot of led projects on there. I too am electronically impaired so I haven't done any yet. But I will be doing an LED rope project soon.


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Re: USB powered Helmet light [message #24661 is a reply to message #24474 ] Wed, 09 March 2011 15:55 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Good suggestion. I'll take a look, thanks.

Glenn


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Re: USB powered Helmet light [message #25477 is a reply to message #24661 ] Thu, 31 March 2011 04:49 UTC Go to previous message
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It looks like the helmet of the player in Dead Space:
http://www.geek.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/dead-space-2-300x300.jpg

Fantastic design!

-Eitan

 
   
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