Perfect for that special Valentine's Day gift! (Or Mother's Day, birthdays, graduations, etc.)
This kit allows you to turn a 3D printed vase into a fabulous light show. Here's a video with just one of the supported light patterns:
Create awesome lighting effects with ease. Pick an open source vase to set on top and optionally fill the vase with 3D printed flowers if desired. This electronics kit provides everything you need besides the 3D printed parts.
This kit includes all the electronics, you 3D print the structural parts and the vase/flowers. No soldering is required!
INCLUDED IN THE KIT:
- 12 RGB LED Ring, individually addressable with pre-soldered connectors.
- Arduino Nano, pre-flashed with control program with 10 different lighting patterns.
- Potentiometer and cap with presoldered connections, used to control brightness.
- 12mm pushbutton with presoldered connections, used to select lighting mode.
- Vorpal unregulated electrical system, provides 9v battery clip, on/off switch, and connectors.
- Screw to hold base together. (#6-32 1/2" button head)
- 2mm hex key
- No soldering necessary.
NOT INCLUDED IN THE KIT:
- Battery. You will need to supply a standard 9 volt battery. We suggest rechargeable batteries.
- Power supply. If you don't want to run on battery, you can also use a cell phone wall charger that has an available USB A jack, and plug in a USB A to mini adapter to power the project. NOTE: most cell phones use USB micro, not USB mini, but USB A to USB mini are commonly available cables because they're used for cameras and other devices.
- 3D printed parts for the Vase Dazzler. These are posted free and open source here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2758578
- 3D printed vase. Many free compatible vase 3D printable models are available on Thingiverse and other places. See our wiki page for ones we suggest.
- 3D printed flowers and stems. See our wiki page for suggestions.
Light Patterns and Controls
The base incorporates an Arduino Nano and some controls that allow you to select a lighting pattern and a brightness. There are 10 lighting patterns built in, including:
- Fades between colors of various hues
- Flashes and twirling lights
- Flicker effects like a flame
Each time you press the pushbutton on the back, the Vase Dazzler cycles to the next light pattern. The potentiometer dial can be used to select brightness levels.
The Vase Dazzler runs on any kind of 9v battery or can be powered from a mini USB cord, see below for details.
Compatible 3D Printed Vases
Any vase between 40mm and 67mm (1.5 to 2.5 inches) in diameter where it touches the table top will work well with this project. Vases over 70mm will also work as long as they're not so big as to be unstable. (Of course you may be able to scale the size of the vase to make it fit better.) For very large vases, you can actually put the Vase Dazzler right inside the vase.
For best effect:
- Use a translucent plastic. White or clear translucent plastic works best because then the colored LEDs take over the task of imparting a color.
- Print with as large a layer as possible to let maximum light through.
- Print with no bottom layers if possible so the light goes right into the vase. Print also of course with no top layers if you want to insert flowers or other decorations.
- If your slicer has a "Spiralize" option, that will make the vase transmit more light.
See the project wiki for suggested open source 3D printable vases for use with this project.
The kit includes a 9v battery clip. We suggest rechargeable batteries. A 280 mAh NIMH 9v battery will last about 5 hours on a low brightness setting and about 1 hour on maximum brightness (but maximum is overkill for most situations!)
The Arduino Nano's USB port is exposed in the back of the unit, so you may also power it by plugging in a cell-phone charger type 5V power supply with a USB A to mini cord. (NOTE: USB A to mini is not the same as a standard cell phone charging cord which is A to micro. However, A to mini cables are commonly available because they're used in some cameras and video equipment).
For More Information
Visit the project wiki page for the Vorpal Vase Dazzler.