Thing-O-Matic: Platform Light

Platform light overview
Platform light overview

The inside of a Thing-O-Matic gets pretty dark, particularly with the Lazy Susan spool parked on top, so I added a spot light to the Z stage.

The alternative seems to be LED strip lighting all over the inside, but my Parts Heap doesn’t have any of those yet and it did have a 10 mm white LED. The thing runs at 100 mA, so a 15 Ω 1/2 W resistor (to a +5V tap), a few snippets of heat-shrink tubing, and a blob of hot-melt glue did the trick.

Some sculpture armature wire that’s been kicking around for years holds the LED (wrap it around, add hot-melt glue) and doesn’t mind the occasional bump. I crimped the wire in a solderless connector and grabbed it in one of the Extruder Frame screws. It’s allegedly fatigue-proof, but it looks a lot like aluminum.

A bit more detail, with a Kapton-and-graph-paper belt (about which, more later) on the ABP:

Platform light detail
Platform light detail