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The Solar Bud Lamp is a prototype for a series of household products that are powered by sunshine. They are intended to provide exposure to practical solar power applications on a personal level.

The Solar Bud Lamp is a prototype for a series of household products that are powered by sunshine. They are intended to provide exposure to practical solar power applications on a personal level.

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David commented on Solar Bud Lamp

It will take nearly one spool of filament to make a lamp, Natalie.

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David commented on Solar Bud Lamp

Hi Nathan,

Thanks for your post and your interest.

"Whom did you have in mind?" I think we all should be nuts about solar power and don't understand why we're not. Although I have my opinions on that.
The lamp is not targeted to anyone in particular. I am in a stage where I am trying to find out what can be done with the ideas I develop. But the lamp is meant to be within reach of anyone who would like to become more familiar with the workings of solar power, without having to spend $3,000 or $4,000 on a grid-feed roof top system.

Specifically, the means of getting it out into the world is presently 3D printing. I have some experience with 3D printing market sites and it is a painless way to get something out into the world.

The news from the lamp is not all good, however. It is currently out of energy and waiting for the sun to come out. But that's all part of what we need to get sorted.

One of the first things I've learned is that I need to know how much energy I have stored, like the fuel gauge in the car. What is available for me to use so I can know when I can expect to run out and modify my behavior accordingly.

So far the only people who are aware of the Bud Lamp and have commented on it are on this forum. Here the reaction has been positive so far.

The only other person who has experience with the lamp is my wife. She is developing an interest in keeping it fed with sunshine.

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David commented on Solar Bud Lamp

Hi again Natalie,

I think the Bud Lamp would be a good fit with Marine's workshop idea. The parts for the Bud Lamp are specifically designed to be as simple to print as you can get and still end up with something that would be hard to make any other way than 3D printing.

A lamp could be printed from a little less than one kilogram spool of filament. So on a good day you could get a spool of PLA filament for $35.00.

Assembly is pretty easy. Takes a little bit of thinking about hexagons and pentagons. And the connectors take a little careful force to get into three pieces at once. The pins on the connectors are subject to breaking off if not inserted correctly. But then another connector can be printed in 5 minutes.