Printing Light Pipes with the Form 1

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We’re in the business of building tools to make your designs happen. We’ve been amazed and delighted by the fantastically creative models that Form 1 users have posted in our forums: from the otherworldly sculptures of Robert Vignone and Ann Sidenblad, to the expert model-making of Brian Anderson, to the hilarious mini-figure props by Luke Porter.

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At heart, though, we're engineers. We wanted to share some of the techy stuff we’ve been playing around with in the office. Masterminded by our design engineer, Jason, this design article focuses on a topic near and dear to the hearts of all engineers: blinky lights. 

Light pipes are a common component in electronic devices, transmitting the light from an LED on the circuit board to another location on the device – like a button or indicator symbol. The pipes typically require some pretty careful construction, but with just a little finishing, Jason has been using our Clear Resin to make functional light pipes with a Form 1!

His findings are written up on our support site, with plenty of details on optics, finishing techniques, and general design guidelines. Click here for the full write-up: Printing Light Pipes on the Form 1 Guide.

As a proof of concept (and a shout-out to Make), Jason built this little guy:

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This is just scratching the surface of how Form 1 builds can become part of your functional electronic devices. We’ll be back with more!

Give it a shot, and don’t forget to share your prints in the community forums – we’d love to see them. Bonus points if they light up!

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