Originally Posted by Moose-Tech
I used this and cut out strips to diffuse both my RGB and White LED lighting strips. I Hate seeing naked LED's.
I believe it would work very well putting the LED strip under a thin layer of white or transparent (which becomes translucent while 3D Printing) PLA.
There are several advantages of 3D Printing tubing:
- Exact dimensions, no need to cut tubing
- Much sharper cornering without kinking
- Can be pre-bent by design at any angle
- No need to use splitters, can print the tube directly in T, Y or F form and so only use fittings at the end of the tube.
- Can print in any color or style (stone, wood, copper, silver, bronze...)
- Embedded LED Strip channels
- Automatic diffusing of light (wall between LED Strip and tube interior/exterior)
There are disadvantages as well:
- Long printing time, expect days to finish all tubing
- There's a chance for tubes to leak if printed incorrectly
- If you measured wrong (especially printing a smaller length than required) you gotta print again
- Light might be too diffuse, depending on material.