Enginursday: Light Up Your 3D Printer’s Bed

Viewing your 3D print in a room at night with barely any light can be difficult, especially when the light source above you creates a shadow over the print bed. That’s the problem that I came across when inspecting prints at SparkFun during odd hours. The quick and simple solution: Add a non-addressable LED strip, switch and power supply to the 3D printer’s frame!

The lighting made a big difference when inspecting a print after dark.

3D Printer Just Before Dark 3D Printer with LED Strip for Lighting
Darkness Starting to Loom Over the Horizon Print Bed with LEDs Illuminating the Print Area

If you would like more details about how to add lighting to your 3D printer, check out the tutorial!


Light Up Your 3D Printer's Bed

June 27, 2018

Having issues viewing your print in a dark lit room? In this tutorial, we will be using LED strips to light up a print bed's area on a LulzBot 3D printer!

Have you added LEDs to a 3D printer’s frame? If so, did you add a microcontroller and sensors? Let us know your thoughts below in the comments. Until next time!

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