Colon light pipe

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Neil QQ

May 26, 2022, 9:40:24 AMMay 26
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Here's a 3D printed colon light pipe design for anybody that's interested.  A standard T2 neon lamp sits inside the pipe. 

Nixie Colon Light Pipe Installed.JPG


Nixie Colon Light Pipe Drawing.JPG
The pipe is 3D printed with clear material.  A scrap piece of tubing is used as a mask to block light transmission except for the colon dots.
Nixie Colon Light Pipe with Mask.JPG

The stl file is attached.
Light Pipe 3.1.stl

martin martin

May 26, 2022, 9:48:48 AMMay 26
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May 26, 2022, 2:07:03 PMMay 26
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What kind of material is it ? I've only used PLA, trouble-free for many years now, because others I know have had all sorts of problems with other materials.

Neil QQ

May 26, 2022, 3:04:52 PMMay 26
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You can't really use a filament printer for something like this.  In order to obtain the right optical properties and hold mechanical tolerances, a UV cured resin printer must be used.  Because of my work I have access to several dozen different printers.  In the end I chose a Formlabs printer using  this resin:

Formlabs General Purpose 3D Printing Materials.png 

Alternatively, one could use a 3D print service bureau such as Protolabs here in the U.S.


May 26, 2022, 4:23:03 PMMay 26
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It might also be possible to use ordinary LED light guides. A thin tube, metal or plastic, where you just drill holes for short LED light guides will probably work too.

Tektronix, and other instrument makers, used light guides for NE2 Neon indicators with either short light guides (sometimes without too) and in some cases long twisting light guides for indication on the front panel.

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