Printing went smoothly after two preliminary passes to work out the sizes and alignments; this is the second pass, which you can tell because the mirror shoulder has three supports instead of the two shown in the solid model:
One view of the parts, with the mirror shaft in place:
Another view, showing the bottom of the Elevation Plate with the recessed nut:
Assembling the two glue joints required an overnight clamping:
Then a layer of double-stick foam tape affixes it firmly to the helmet:
It’s a bit too big and way ugly, but works pretty much as expected.
Two lengths of heatshrink tubing now lock the mirror shaft sections in place; they tended to rotate slightly under normal vibration.
The OpenSCAD code and model have a few modifications from this object. The next one won’t have the third section of mirror shaft, which makes the shoulder and Az Mount smaller, and the Az Mount is 1 mm closer to the El Body. That shaves a few millimeters off the whole thing.
The mirror clamp out there on the end is much too large and has too many fiddly parts. I think a little printed doodad would work, but that’s in the nature of fine tuning.
4 thoughts on “Helmet Mirror Mount: First Light”
What kind of glue did you used for this plastic ?
Great job !
It started out as Plastruct, which is mostly trichloromethane (aka chloroform). I’ve been adding acetone and MEK for long enough that I think the original contents are long gone; I keep it around because the jar has a nice brush in the cap that doesn’t dissolve.
I have a few minor tweaks in the pipeline, but overall the mirrors are working great!
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