Printed Night Vision Equipment.

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cj7hawk
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Printed Night Vision Equipment.

Post by cj7hawk » Mon Nov 11, 2013 1:45 pm

Hi All,

I thought I'd share some models I've been working on - I find the 3D printer a great help in designing night vision equipment.

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A 3D printed Night Vision housing for a CASCADE tube surplus military tube. The 3mm rod holds it all together. A metal thread for the front lens is an interference fit.

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A video monocular. ( 800x600 VGA helmet-mounted display )

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An optical spanner/wrench.

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A modified PVS-14 to take C-mount lenses. ( body is printed )

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Ultra-compact battery housing and switch box - Next to a larger commercial part ( actually, a fake version of a commercial part )

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Ultra-compact monocular - the one on the left. Lots of moving parts in this...

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It produces images like this... ( Yes, this is taken from the printed monocular )

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Gen2 Monocular setup ( with a laser on top )...

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Special night vision scope for use with telescopes for watching very dim parts of the sky...

All printed with an UP Mini....

And just to show how detailed a design it can print...
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PVS-14 style lens.
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Those threads are 16 tpi, with 8 indexes... Work perfectly. :)

Generally I try for 2mm wall thicknesses, but I find down to 1mm prints fine. I used to lathe stuff up, but find the Mini has pretty good strength and creates very good quality parts. 0.1 difference in dimensions is enough to provide a tight fit between parts. ( Horizontal plane ).

Regards
David

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Re: Printed Night Vision Equipment.

Post by Numonic » Mon Nov 11, 2013 3:39 pm

Superb stuff man!

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Post by wackojacko » Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:29 pm

That's excellent,
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Re: Printed Night Vision Equipment.

Post by LonV » Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:43 pm

Very cool!

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Re: Printed Night Vision Equipment.

Post by DrewPetitclerc » Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:31 pm

Beautiful work, try acetone vapor for smoothing and get a really nice finish to that really nice design (unless too much shine is bad).
Love the work.

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Re: Printed Night Vision Equipment.

Post by cj7hawk » Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:17 pm

DrewPetitclerc wrote:Beautiful work, try acetone vapor for smoothing and get a really nice finish to that really nice design (unless too much shine is bad).
Love the work.

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Drew
Thanks for the tip :) I usually paint them with acetone - Can you point me towards details of any posts covering how this works?

David

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Re: Printed Night Vision Equipment.

Post by SeaweedCrisps » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:19 pm

dare I ask what your using this nightvision gear for? birdwatching? :shock:
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Re: Printed Night Vision Equipment.

Post by cj7hawk » Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:01 pm

SeaweedCrisps wrote:dare I ask what your using this nightvision gear for? birdwatching? :shock:
LoL! Well, some for Astronomy and some for getting around at night... Once you've used good night vision equipment, it's tough to go back to flashlights.

But I make a lot of designs available publicly so they get used for all kinds of things. Monitoring wildlife, security, UFO hunting and searching for cryptozoological creatures.

David

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Re: Printed Night Vision Equipment.

Post by doraemon » Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:26 pm

cj7hawk wrote:... and searching for cryptozoological creatures.

David
Like Bigfoot? :mrgreen:

Nice work, BTW.

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