I made this illuminated cube for an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.
The panels are interchangeable and with a little it of imagination, the basic build could be used with other themes. Or simply make multiple copies of the generic baseball panels and swap them out for the specific St Louis ones.
All the pieces should be glued together from the inside, except for the bottom panel. There is a slot for a battery switch to control an led for optional illumination.
3D PRINTING SETTINGS
Printer: FlashForge Creator X
1-Simplify3D was used for slicing, with some very particular settings. See details below if you would like the full three color effect. 2-The design specifically requires a .2mm layer height. 3-The build is performed with a single extruder, pausing for color changes.
Since this was a gift for a Cardinals fan, I needed some interesting but simple line drawings that represented the team. A google search easily brought up the logos and the stylized team name.
In Blender, I traced the line art using Bezier curves and converted them to meshes. I created a template for the panels and then used boolean modifiers to subtract the designs from the panels.
Print plate_bottom in one color.
Print one copy of each of the other five plates, following the special instructions in the next section.
Print two copies of lamp_base in black
Print four copies of lamp_strut in black
Special slicing instructions for the panels
In Blender, I couldn't easily get the raised edge effect that I wanted for the black outlines, so I used a trick that was available in the Simplify3D slicing software (I do not know if other slicers have the capability of doing this). For the panels, I created two processes, one for all the layers except for the top two layers, and the second for just the top two layers.
The first process is set for two base layers and 3 top layers with a 30% infill and 2 shells
The second process is set for no bottom or top layers and no infill, continuing with 2 shells. This conveniently created only outlines for the art, which is printed in a contrasting color.
Pauses were put in the slicer at .6mm and 3.0mm for color changes
I started with the red filament and at the first pause I changed to white. At the second pause I changed to black.
Other than the bottom panel, all of the panels are interchangeable.
-The box is put together upside down.
-Note that the bottom panel is put on last
-Put the top panel face down onto a base piece.
-Slot the four side panels all the way into the base around the top panel. Be sure the designs point outward and that all of the panels are upside down.
-Place the copy of the base on top. Be sure to fit it in all the way.
-Ensuring that the panels are mostly centered and the box is squared off, glue the pieces together to the top and bottom base pieces.
-Wait for the glue to set before attaching the four struts. The struts are simply glued to each corner.
-If needed, glue can be applied from the inside.
-Once all the glue has dried, the bottom panel is placed into the cube by tilting it and inserting it into the box. Once it is in the box, tilt it back and it will lay flat.
-If you are handy with very simple electronics, add an led and battery to the inside. I glued my battery case to the inside of the bottom panel with access to the on/off switch through the hole provided.