Make Your 3D Printing Projects Glow with LEDs – 5 Best Models

3D designs and models take many different forms, but unique LED lamps and light structures are one type of 3D printing project that always seem to win the favor of the 3D maker community. By combining LED lights, electronics, and other non-printed components, the potential to make practical or aesthetic models with your 3D printer expands tenfold. In this article, we’ll show you 5 best LED-powered models to make your 3D printing projects glow with LEDs.

1. Hollow Hairy Lion

Hollow Hairy Lion
Maker’s Name: Christina Schechter
Designer’s Name: Buber Hu
Print’s Name: Hollow Hairy Lion
Material: TIANSE White PLA
Model from Thingiverse:
This hollow hairy lion is a 3D printable model where loose strands of filament can be shaped to resemble a furry mane. It prints a cylinder around the lion that creates strings from the lion to the cylinder, then you just cut around the cylinder and leave the strings on the lion. 3D designer and maker Buber Hu from Taiwan remixed the original hairy lion model by making it hollow and adding color-changing LEDs inside to make it attractive and unique.

2. Snow Queen Elsa

Snow Queen Elsa
Maker’s Name: 3dprint.brb
Designer’s Name: Tanya Wiesner
Print’s Name: Snow Queen Elsa
Material: TIANSE White PLA
Model from MyMiniFactory:
Queen Elsa of Arendelle is the protagonist of Disney’s 2013 animated feature, Frozen. She is the ruler of Arendelle and the older sister of Princess Anna. Her powers over ice and snow ultimately led her to become the famous Snow Queen.
This Snow Queen Elsa was printed by 3D maker 3dprint.brb as a lovely birthday gift for his daughter. Aside from the pedestal and the gift box, he ingeniously added some LED lights inside the Elsa statue to make it shine in her glory. What a beautiful 3D print and what a lovely gift!

3. LED Geode City

LED Geode City
Maker’s Name: Edoardo Tognoni
Designer’s Name: Jacob Surovsky
Print’s Name: LED Geode City
Material: TIANSE Black & White PLA
Model from Thingiverse:
This 3D printed Geode City model features an elaborate city that appears as if it were carved into some sort of stone. This 3D printable landscape structure holds an LED puck inside of the base of the structure, creating a user-controlled color-changing effect that shines out of each small window. This Geode City consists of stacked buildings stretching from the bottom to the top of the base, as well as a candle-like stuff in the middle.
To display the LED light within the confines of the structure, the inner cavity should be printed in clear or light-colored filament, whereas the outer base should be printed in black or dark-colored filament, thus creating a sharp contrast. Apart from the 3D printed components, all you need is a color-changing LED puck and a hot glue gun to make some post-processing assembly.

4. Moon Lamp

Moon Lamp
Maker’s Name: Will Zoobkoff
Designer’s Name: Leung Chan
Print’s Name: Moon Lamp
Material: TIANSE White PLA
Model from Thingiverse:
It’s easy to appreciate the moon by looking up at the night sky or using a telescope, 3D printing, however, has made it even easier to enjoy, whether on the nightstand beside your bed or in the palm of your hand. This moon lamp can be easily printed and mounted on a light bulb or LED light. Many makers have successfully printed this model at 0.2mm resolution and 20% infill on multiple FDM 3D printers. Moreover, there is also a detailed step-by-step guide of the project available on Instructables.

5. LED Death Star

Death Star
Maker’s Name: Edoardo Tognoni
Designer’s Name: David Mužátko
Print’s Name: LED Death Star
Material: TIANSE Black PLA
Model from Thingiverse:
In Star Wars series, the Death Star was the Empire’s ultimate weapon – a moon-sized space station with the mighty power to destroy the whole planet. Desktop 3D printing has opened other new possibilities. How about 3D printing an LED Death Star that is both functional and pleasing to look at? Print out the hemispheres, the middle spacer and the two locating pins, then glue them together.
All above 5 models are easy 3D printing projects that require little manual effort or non-printed components, making them an ideal choice for those who want to add a little light to their design, home or workshop. By integrating LED lights, electronics, and other non-printed components, you’re able to make your favorite designs glow with LEDs, thus making it aesthetic in sense and attractive in sight. So, what’s the 3D printing project going in your mind?
Look forward to your LED-powered 3D printing project and always happy 3D printing!

Post time: Aug-14-2019