4.7 Lighting (RGB LED)
Some printers come equipped with RGB LED lighting strips to light
the printing bay. The printer controls this lighting, and sets the
colors which appear. The settings for these lighting strips may only
be controlled from your computer, most comfortably from
ReplicatorG’s “Onboard Preferences” window, accessed from its
“Machine” menu. MakerWare and Desktop may also be used, but
not as conveniently.
Three aspects of the lighting may be controlled:
- The choice of color: white (0), red (1), orange (2), pink (3),
green (4), blue (5), purple (6), off (7), and custom (8). The
default selection is white. Use “off” (7) to turn the lighting
off. When using MakerWare or Desktop, you will need to
use the listed numeric values with the “Basic Color” setting.
- A custom color will be used when you set the color choice
to “custom” (8). When using ReplicatorG, a “color picker”
allows selection of a color from a palette. From MakerWare
and Desktop, you must provide an RGB value as three
integers, each in the range 0 – 255.
- You can elect to have the lighting cycle from blue (cool) to
red (hot) as each heater heats up. Once heating is complete
and the printer begins printing, the lighting switches back
to the normal color choice that has been set (or white if
none has been set). In MakerWare and Desktop this appears
as the option “Led Heat”. In ReplicatorG, this is the “show
heating progress by changing the lighting color” checkbox.