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Printable jacket cuff lightsAll > Fashion > Accessories > Printable jacket cuff lights by natetrue
Cuff light kits and preassembled modules are available from my buy page.
We've all been there. Fumbling around in a dark parking lot, trying to find the keyhole on the car door or mailbox. Sure, you'd use a flashlight, but who has the room for those bulky outlines?
Granted, the cuff lights aren't the most practical of solutions but they're so cool. They're hidden in your jacket cuffs, nearly invisible and perfectly comfortable, just waiting to be activated with a little sideways pressure.
Also, if it's very dark, you can stun would-be attackers with them. The lights are bright enough to blind and disorient for about 5-10 seconds when eyes are accustomed to darkness.
Best of all, the complete modules need only rudimentary sewing skills to install (that, or access to a rudimentary person with sewing skills).
The printed casing comes in two parts that snap together, and with a properly configured Makerbot (heated build platform not required) you can print them without a raft:
- One 10-ohm resistor
- One simple mechanical pushbutton (Digi-key P12192S-ND or similar)
- Two CR2032 lithium batteries (should be good for about 2 hours of continuous light; or 3600 2-second uses)
Kits will include casing and these parts. If you want to print your own casing, you can download the designs over at Thingiverse. On to the kit assembly instructions!
Kit assembly instructions
Remember, these instructions are for the right-hand cuff light. If you are making the left-hand one, you will have to flip these instructions in your brain.
Grab the button and alter it in this manner:
Now situate the button like this, with the legs down:
Grab the 10-ohm resistor and place it in just so:
When the lights are installed, the eyelet will be placed like so:
All you need to install these is a needle and some thread (black recommended).
First, a little note on how the lights work. The eyelet is linked to a piece of string that goes around your cuff and attaches either to the other side of the cufflight module or somewhere strong on the sleeve. When the sleeve is stretched, the string tension pulls on the eyelet and activates the button. So, to turn on the cuff light you spread your hand out in your cuff.
There are other ways to mount the lights too. My buddy Jesse has mounted his in the collar of his jacket:
That's all! Remember, Cuff light kits and preassembled modules are available from my buy page.
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