A novel use for 'transparent' filament.
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A novel use for 'transparent' filament.  

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A novel use for 'transparent' filament.

I discovered another handy use for the so-called transparent filament.

It works quite well as a 'light pipe', to externalize the light from LEDs on circuit boards buried within a project.

The light pipes below are ~2cm pieces of Gizmo Dorks so-called transparent PLA, 2.8mm, from a partial spool that came with a printer I bought last year.  It's easy to smooth the ends with a razor scraper, giving a nice flat 'lens' on the surface.

(And for those who might have noticed, yes, that panel is what appeared yesterday in the Hall Of Shame section.)

Posted : 04/07/2022 12:34 am
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RE: A novel use for 'transparent' filament.

I've done this before as well, and your right some of this stuff acts as a fiber optic cable, I have this stuff from 3d Solutech (See Through yellow) they call it, its flexible 1.75 filament that can cast light like a flashlight through 12 to 16" of the stuff. I always thought it would be great for lighting up a model you could run multiple pieces from one LED.

The Filament Whisperer

Posted : 04/07/2022 2:20 am
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