DIY night light Rocket – 3D printed lamp rocket | Make your own night light for kids

Does your kids love Space, Rockets and 3D printing? Then this 3d printed lamp Rocket DIY project is for you! What we need for that? Almost nothing. We built a Rocket Night Light using seven grommets, eleven LEDs, can from beer (I think Dads will appreciate this part of project), and 3D printer.

What we like most of all in this project “Rocket Night Light for kids” – it doesn’t require soldering at all!

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Most time consuming part is 3D printing. To print seven parts of Rocket Night Light it takes about 7 hours. The rest is quite fast and easy. It takes about 15 minutes to assemble 3d printed lamp. Dads can make this project together with kids. You can have fun together. I would not allow children to cut foil, it can be a bit dangerous. The rest of project is absolutely safe and easy.

All STL files for 3d printed rocket lamp can be downloaded below

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Supplies:

This DIY night light is as easy as possible and cheap. This 3d printed rocket engine is suitable for any maker.

  • 7 grommets d2.5mm l=10mm
  • 11 leds d=4.8mm of any color you like (we use blue)
  • 1 can from beer (any brand you like)
  • about 45 gramm of Filament for 3d printing (we used CoPET. Its is easy printable, strong and flexible enough)
  • 1 piece of sand paper
  • Downloads:

    Full Archive of STLs


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    Make your own Rocket night light for kids - DIY project

Step 1: Print templates for cutting the aluminum foil – DIY Night Light – 3d printed lamp

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Before we start printing 3D rocket – we need to prepare some internal parts.

Lets print templates first. Then we will start printing the rest parts. And we will have time for scratching and cutting.

We need to print two templates: face_rocket_template.stl and back_rocket_template.stl.
Download full archive here

Step 2: Prepare aluminum foil from a can – DIY Night Light – 3d printed lamp

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While our templates for Night light being printed we can prepare the foil.

Cut the foil plate from can. Make it flat as possible. You can use usual home scissors also.

!!!IMPORTANT!!! Scratch the foil with sandpaper. The foil is initially covered with a protective film. So we need to scratch it to have electric contact. One side is enough.

Step 3: Cut “aluminum wires” from the foil – DIY Night Light – 3d printed lamp

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While our templates for Night light is still being printed we can cut traces from foil. They will feed the LEDs of 3d printed lamp

Draw the wires with felt-tip pen.

THen cut with scissors. Make contour of cutting a bit bigger. Late we will correct that.

Step 4: Print the rest of parts – DIY Night Light – 3d printed lamp

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Make your own Rocket night light for kids - 3D Printing the middle part

First lets print the file rocket-middle.STL then rocket-top.STL and rocket-back.STL. While it will be printing TOP and BACK – you can insert LEDs into the holes and cut their legs a bit.

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Download full Archive of STLs here.

I used to print with 0.2mm layer height and fill density 40%. It allows to save time. But you can experiment with that.

Printing doesn’t need supports. I like that.

Step 5: Mount our electric part – “custom wires” – DIY Night Light – 3d printed lamp

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Lets mount our custom wires on to “rocket-middle” part.

!!!IMPORTANT!!! It’s important to avoid short soaking. Browse all tracks and cut it a bit if it is needed. Mount and check both sides.

Step 6: Mount LEDs and batteries – DIY Night Light – 3d printed lamp

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Lets mount LEDs and batteries.

!!!IMPORTANT!!! Its important to observe polarity. Place all LEDs with long leg to bottom. Otherwise it will not light.

Step 7: Check Lighting – DIY Night Light – 3d printed lamp

We need to check 3 things: not having short circuit (if you have it – your batteries will heat fast). Check for good electric contact with LEDs. Use tweezers instead of switch (on this step) to check that LEDs are lighting.

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Step 8: Mount a switch – DIY Night Light – 3d printed lamp

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At first lets check. Did we placed a foil piece into upper part of switch? It’s quite important. Otherwise the switch will not work.

Put upper part of switch and fasten with a grommet

Step 9: DIY Night Light DEMO

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Step 10: That’s all! Enjoy!

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