Re: Get some light at the spindle!
- Hi Werner,
Another solution is a circular ring light commonly used to highlight headlights in newer cars. It is a circular ring bright LEDs powered by 12 V. I insulate the back of the ring with a liquid electrical tape product and attach magnets. I then place it around the spindle. It gives bright light at work interface, is shadowless, out of the way, cheap, and easy to remove. They are available on eBay. They produce a good amount of light with a 9 V battery so require very little in the way of wiring for a very portable light.
I use them on mills and drill presses. They can also be used as ring lights on cameras for shadowless pictures. They are very handy.
On my CNC mill I have one wired to a 12 V power supply that is powered anytime the mill is on. I can tell from across the room if the mill is powered.
If the magnets will not stick to the tool, I glue a couple of small washers to the tool above the spindle which hold the ring light firmly in place.
All the best,
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "aeroengraving" <werner@...> wrote:
> I will answer a question Henri here as there may be others that could use some light on their spindle. The unit I built for my CNC router is very simple. I just bent up a piece of aluminum sheet of a size that would fit nicely on my Z mounting plate. I then adhered some LED strip light (3 strips) about 8" long to it. You can get a reel of this stuff inexpensive on Ebay! Get yourself the 15ft strip with 600 LED's. When you are done soldering the strips just dip the whole thing in some epoxy resin. I like to use this product from http://www.aeromarineproducts.com (AeroMarine 300/21 1.5 Quart Kit ) It has a great shelve life 8-12 months if kept in a cool place. Great for all types of projects!! Another project on my list is to makeup some circuit boards -donut shaped that would fit nicely on the end of my spindles using the same type of LEDs and resin process.
> Here is the light strip after months of machining and after a quick cleaning with simple green.
> The same LED strip shedding some light on a giant model rocket nose cone sitting in the BerryBot3D printer.
> Happy building!
> Werner Berry