Ender 3 LED Light Bar - Custom Design

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One of the first things I do on my Creality printers is to replace the OEM fan duct with a "fang" dual-chamber duct. Not only should this help with cooling the part more evenly / better, I mostly like that it gives me better visibility to the hotend.

I purchased / printed this duct: https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/tool/ender3-v2-dual-40mm-fan-hot-end-duct-fang
Printed it in glow in the dark pla: https://amzn.to/3g0VpuU
These fans (not as quiet as I wanted, but since they are bigger, I can reduce the voltage to make them quiet with the same flow as OEM): https://amzn.to/3G7QJxR
... and these awesome LED strips: https://amzn.to/3IMgq9c

Then I used OnShape to design an LED mount / arm:
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... and it all comes together as seen in the images below. I split off the power from the heater-block cooling fan.

I especially like how easy it is to see the nozzle and how bright the light-bar makes it, without being in the way!:
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Wow that’s an upgrade, that fang is some mother.. :ep
Printed it in glow in the dark pla: https://amzn.to/3g0VpuU
Why would you want the fang to be glow in the dark when you have good LED lighting over the whole area.. I just use overhead LED lighting 50 cm above my printers..
These fans (not as quiet as I wanted, but since they are bigger,
Those fans look a bit over kill and very expensive for what they do..
This fan is quieter and has more output and is quite a lot smaller and comes in 12/24 volt and two sizes..
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The fang I use has good clear visibility in and around the hot nozzle area..
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Why would you want the fang to be glow in the dark when you have good LED lighting over the whole area.. I just use overhead LED lighting 50 cm above my printers..
I wanted a light-color print and thought having glow in the dark would just be fun :)

I do see a lot of overhead LED light setups, but I don't care for them. I don't need the whole printer / surface lit, just the nozzle.
Those fans look a bit over kill and very expensive for what they do..
I wanted bigger than needed so I could turn them up and down as needed. Gives me more options to play with.
This fan is quieter and has more output and is quite a lot smaller and comes in 12/24 volt and two sizes..
Cool, I'll look into them. Do you have links?
The fang I use has good clear visibility in and around the hot nozzle area..
That's a good one for sure. Remind me what the link is to it?
 

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Cool, I'll look into them. Do you have links? That's a good one for sure. Remind me what the link is to it?
Here are some of the units I use, there’re all cheap and cheerful and do the job as intended, never had one fail on me yet..
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32435960961.html?spm=a2g0o.9042311.0.0.27424c4d8cpd83
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32815755495.html?spm=a2g0o.9042311.0.0.27424c4d8cpd83
Here are several types of Fangs to choose from and links to their websites..
Have fun with this lot..
The Zip Fang files wont load here so I've mailed them to you.
I hope they dont Fubar your Mail server..:hide
 

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Good job! Well done!
Just want to ask for some advice from you guys. I am a beginner in 3d printing. Have a basic 3D printer that I found here.
I want to print a block the external darkening shutter (not the windows, the external) like in the picture. The original it's iron, but I want to create the same, with a better shape and pretty solid (100% infill of course), in very basic PLA.

I'll appreciate any advice.
Thanks

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