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I started working with 3D printing in 2017, the year I got my first printer and started to venture into 3D modeling and printing.
At the time I spent more and more time in the improvised laboratory in a bedroom, doing different experiments with 3D printing and electronics. And the first challenge I faced was to print my own tools to better organize and enjoy my space. It was in this context that I decided that I needed to improve the lighting of my workbench.

I searched the internet for different models, but none adapted to my requirements. It was then that I came across with the Articulating, Wall-Mounted, Magnetic Phone Mount designed by Kenneth Haynie . And that's where this Remix started! The model, used as a mobile phone holder, has been transformed into an articulated luminaire.

With the permission of the original author, I remodeled all the pieces following a similar pattern, and after I finished and satisfied with the result, I decided to share it with the community. And to my surprise, the model was extremely well accepted and even featured on Thingiverse, one of the largest, if not the largest, platform for sharing models for 3D printing! The model became a hit with over 220,000 views, 36,000 downloads and 7,800 likes! To help users print and assemble their own pieces, I shared a tutorial here in Instructables which, to my second surprise, was awarded in the Plastics Contest of 2017 with almost 20,000 views!

And what surprised me the most is that other users started to print and create their own remixes! At the time of publication of this article, more than 60 lamps had already been produced and shared. For me, it was a surprise to know that people all over the world liked the model so much that they spent hours of their lives printing and posting versions of my project. In the end, the project has evolved to become a kind of kit, such as a LEGO-lamp, in which users can make different combinations and form different structures.

Throughout this tutorial I present my version of several of these remixes developed over the last few years to improve the use of the articulating lamp. I'll show you some remixes (made out of remixes of my initial designed, which was remixed from another design!) and the links fo the parts developed by members of the 3D printing user community, as well as detailed information for my version of each of these parts.

Although it is extremely simple, I'll show you how to assemble the lamp, and suggestions on how to combine the pieces to form different structures.


Be careful when working with electricity. Make sure there is no short circuit and just try to connect to the electrical power plug after making sure that all components are properly connected and double insulated. If you don't have enough experience working with electricity, as for others help.

Don't touch any exposed wire or any metal part of the LED lamp after it's energized! Some LED spots have a metal heat sink. Avoid touching that part when the lamp is on!

Once there are exposed wires, it's not recommend to use it places accessible to children or animals. Under no circunstances use it close to wet surfaces!

It's and experimental design, so you might use it with caution.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

The following tools and materials were used in this project:

  • 3D printer (link / link / link / link). In my case I used a Voolt3D, a Grabber i3 based 3D printer. But you can't use differente models of 3D printers. Most of the parts are quite small. The larger ones will be the arms of the lamp, with up to 200 mm. Make sure that your printer has enough print area for that.
  • 1.75mm PLA (link / link / link) of different colors. I combined white, orange and blue PLA in my design;
  • Screwdriver. You'll need it for mounting your lamp on the wall and to assemble the electrical plug and switch;
  • Screws (for mouting your lamp on the wall);
  • 5W LED spotlight (link / link). Don't forget to check its voltage.
  • GU10 socket (link / link). Don't forget to check its voltage.

You'll probably need some wires, a power plug and a on/off switch. You can find it in electrical hardware stores.

The links described above are only a suggestion of where you can find the items used in this tutorial (and support my future hacks). Feel free to search for them elsewhere and buy at your favourite store.

Please be carefull when working with electricity. It might be dangerous. Some of those connectors and LED bulbs might have exposed metal parts! Don't touch it's energized and keep it out of reach from children or pets. Make sure that everything is perfectly isolated beforing turning it on. If you have no experience working with electricity, ask for help of any one with experience, or use lower voltages (e.g. 5V LEDs).

Collect everything and get ready for some action!

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dkimbril18 days ago
Note if you make the screws with an infill vs solid print the screws will break. Made this design but it broke after 3-4 adjustments to the light.
Great design though! Love it.
Instead up upping infill, try upping the amount of "wall line count" (according to Cura. May also be called "wall thickness", "perimeters," etc.) Anytime I'm printing hardware that assembles such as screws and bolts, I always use at least 3-4 lines. The default for Cura is only 2 lines, and that is not usually enough for screws. I printed my lamp with 3 lines, but I might go back and print the clamp with 4 or 5 lines. Hope that helps!
IgorF2 (author)  dorfman2yesterday
Great idea! Extra wall lines would make it more resistant. Thanks for the suggestion. :)
IgorF2 (author)  dkimbril18 days ago
Thanks! :)
I’ve experience some breaks but figured out that if I print it with an infill greater than 20% it would be stronger. I also noticed that the nozzle temperature I was using was too low, so the layers were not with a good adhesion and the screw would break.
After those corrections, I’ve no longer experience problems.
Maybe it would help you.