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The Open Dream Journal Clip

1 Apr

I have wanted to design a simple notebook clip with an LED light for use on a dream journal for quite some time now.  Writing down dreams at night is difficult without a very convenient light source.  Now with access to a MakerBot 3D printer at sprout studios, I’ve released an open dream clip design on thingiverse, an online database of freely available and printable 3D models.  My design uses an LED and CR2032 battery, components commonly available at hackerspaces that would have 3D printers (and radioshack, although the parts are cheaper online through sites like digikey and mouser).

Here is the dream journal clip in action:

Dream Journal Clip with a white LED

Dream Journal Clip with a white LED

The first revision is pretty rough and we had to use tape on it to make it work:

Dream Journal Clip with a red LED

Dream Journal Clip with a red LED

Here is the MakerBot that Jimmie Rodgers kindly tuned and used to print the first test:

MakerBot at Sprout

MakerBot at Sprout

Planned improvements include:

  • using less plastic
  • making a larger hole for seating the LED
  • making a larger and deeper battery slot
  • adding a plastic tab to hold the battery in place (instead of tape)

Download the source files for the open dream clip on thingiverse and keep an eye out for  improvements shortly.