About this device
Light Mount 2.jpg
Keywords 3D printing, bicycle, bike light, mount, osat, Plastic
Uses transportation, hobbyism
Authors Dakota
Status Designed
Prototyped
Made? Yes
Replicated? No
Published 2018
Designed in Michigan, USA
Affiliations MOST
MTU
MY4777
Cost USD $ 3.64
SDGs SDG09 Industry innovation and infrastructure
License data
Hardware CC BY-SA 4.0
Instructions data
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Biking is not only an enjoyable hobby or exercise, but a practical and sustainable way of getting where you need to go. Biking at night can be especially dangerous which is why many places require a light to be mounted to the front and back of any bicycle. These lights can be needlessly expensive, so I designed a customizable mount that can be used with any standard flashlight. This, paired with the many other parts designed by my colleagues, will allow anybody to print their own bicycle, making for a cheap and sustainable method of transportation.

Light Mount 3.jpg

Bill of Materials[edit | edit source]

  1. Flashlight
  2. .013 Kg of filament
    1. Part Files: File:Light Mount.scad, File:Light Mount 2.scad
    2. STL Files: YouMagine
  3. M3 Nut and bolt
  4. M3 Hex Wrench

Tools needed[edit | edit source]

  1. MOST Delta RepRap or similar RepRap 3-D printer
  2. M3 Hex Wrench

Skills and knowledge needed[edit | edit source]

  • Basic knowledge of 3D printing

Technical Specifications and Assembly Instructions[edit | edit source]

  • Print Specifications:
  1. Material: PLA
  2. Layer Height: 0.1 mm
  3. Wall/Top/Bottom Thickness: 0.8 mm
  4. Infill: 15%
  5. Extrusion Temperature: 200˚C
  6. Print Speed: 60 mm/s
  7. Support: Everywhere at 50˚
  8. Bed Adhesion: Skirt
  9. Print time estimate: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
  • Assembly Instructions:
  1. Place snap-fit rings in base mount slots.
    Light Mount Step 1.jpg
  2. Press down firmly until the tabs snap into place. For larger lights requiring more support, print a second ring and repeat this process for the back mounting slot.
    Light Mount Step 2.jpg
  3. Place the light into the snap-fit rings by firmly pushing it into the opening.
    Light Mount Step 3.0.jpg
    Light Mount Step 3.jpg
  4. Take the handlebar mounting hole and place it around the handlebars. The mount should flex enough to fit around the bar.
    Light Mount Step 4.jpg
  5. Place a 20mm long M3 bolt through the holes at the opening of the mount and secure with an M3 nut. Keep it loose enough to rotate the mount about the bar
    Light Mount Step 5.jpg
  6. Adjust the light to the desired level and tighten the bolt to an M3 hex wrench.
  7. Assembly time estimate: 5 minutes

Common Problems and Solutions[edit | edit source]

  • Size the flashlight hole and handlebar hole to be slightly smaller than the actual light and handlebar. This will allow for a proper, tight fit.
  • Ream the M3 through holes to clear them of all debris.

Cost savings[edit | edit source]

  • If your solution is not a low cost one then it is not really appropriate.
  1. Estimated Cost:
    1. Flashlight: $3.44
    2. Printed parts: $0.14
    3. Hardware: $0.06
    4. Total Cost: $3.64
  2. Commercial equivalent: Front Light: $64.95
  3. Savings: $61.35 or 94%

Benefited Internet Communities[edit | edit source]