Day 4: Translucent panes for Ikea Lantern
The Ikea lantern from my day one challenge has clear glass panes in it. A reasonable choice for a lantern run off of a candle. But now that the heat source is gone, there's no need for glass panes. I'd like to convert this into a lantern that a kid can play with, so I'm going to replace the glass panes with translucent glow-in-the-dark panes. This will also diffuse the super bright LED light into something more eye appealing.
The design is complete consisting of three very thin .5mm panes, and three thicker 2.75mm panes with a honeycomb infill. I figure the thin panes will pass more light, and the thicker panes will hold the glow-in-the-dark charge longer.
I sliced these for .1mm layers, which didn't work out so well with this glow-in-the-dark filament. The first layer, which is deliberately printed at twice the normal thickness, printed fine. But the second layer resulted in an extruder jam. I've cleared the jam and re-sliced for .15mm layers
Another jam, this time because the filament was twisted on the spool. I've untwisted the filament and started again.
The first layer printed fine again at .3mm, but the extruder jammed again while trying to print the second layer of .15mm. I've re-sliced for .2mm layers, which I know from the first layer on the first attempt, should print fine.
Success! All six panes printed
Old glass panes removed and new plastic panes installed. The .5mm panes definitely pass more light as you can still make out the individual LEDs if you look straight at it. The thin panes also look whiter in color than the 2.75mm panes. I'm really happy with how this turned out!