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Power left to add LED to R3D

Discussion in 'Mods and Upgrades' started by -PC, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. Das Wookie

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    I believe the power supply is 30 amps... the R3D is only using about half of that. 11a for the heated bed, and ~5a for the print head and steppers. There should be LOTS of power left in the supply.
     
  2. mark tomlinson

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    I added a blue strip for 'ambient' lighting when power is on and a switch to turn on a set of three bright whites near the print head (that illuminate the print area). Works really sweet. PICT0705.JPG
     

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    BTW: powered both of these off of the 12v tap on the power supply. LEDS are not a huge draw--even the super-brights.
     
  4. Das Wookie

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    Blue?! Wow... I dunno if that would be cook or drive me insane. I suspect the latter, but that's me. :)
     
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    Hey! The strip was cheap :)
    I didn't feel like assembling my own and white seemed, well, too plain.

    The three super-brights aimed at the head are way more useful in a practical sense. I am always hitting the button to turn them on when I walk by.
     
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    looks very nice
     
  8. Peter Krska

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    Is it possible for the LED to turn on and off depending it it's extruding and turn off when it's migrating to a new position?

    It would look like you have a laser!


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  9. tesseract

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    ohhh cool idea I may trry that on mine I have extra led packs I could hook it to the extruder signalling. have to check it out because there is a retract signal also
     
  10. -PC

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    hi gang,

    Does anyone know how to remove the power block (AC/DC)???
    I was trying to attach my LED to it but I cant reach the terminal screws.

    Where have you guys attaching the power for the LEDs????

    cheers
     
  11. Mike Kelly

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    I added terminal blocks in line with my power supply wires. I was never able to figure out how to remove the psu so I just snipped the wires in the middle and added the terminal block in line.

    The other alternative is to connect it to the input power for the ramps board. That's what I did at first and it worked fine as well.
     
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  12. -PC

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  13. Thundersticks

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    I added four rows of cool white 5050 LEDs running off the spare power supply output. Also running them with a dimmer so I can turn them down or off. Installed a couple sockets so I can easily remove the cover by unplugging a short cable.

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  14. -PC

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    nice​
     
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  15. Thundersticks

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    I forgot to mention, the power block slides right out. I takes a good amount of pressure, but it does slide out, no screws or attachments. When you do this disconnect the power end from the driver board, the cable is pretty short and you could put unneeded stress on the connector if you drop the power supply.
     
  16. splk3

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    Power supply removes by sliding it - it is just a really tight pressure fit inside the unit. I recommend attaching any 12V wires to the leads to the control board instead - easy to remove, add wires, and re-attach.

    I used some old speaker wire and connected a strip of these from amazon to the underside of the top cover around the opening and it works great - so much easier to work with and turns on/off with the main RoBo switch.
     
  17. SoLongSidekick

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    The new Y axis upgrade kit and the newer versions of the R1 (not released yet) have blue LEDs under the bed.

    I just ordered some supplies yesterday for a pretty extensive mod I am going to install. Once I brush up on my Arduino skills I should have some lighting that changes once a build is complete, plus some other minor goodies. I'll post my setup here once I finish it up.
     

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