On August 21st a total solar eclipse will cover the continuous USA. This is the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse has been conveniently visible over the lower 48 states.
As a result of this, many people are scrabbling to prepare for this unique event.
To prepare for this once in a lifetime viewing, I have collected the following 3D printable items that you can make now to help your viewing experience.
Tripod Camera Mount
The eclipse will last 1:30 – 2 min based on your location, and if you want to get clean pictures you will need a tripod. There are multiple mounts on Thingiverse that you can use to mount digital cameras or cell phones for this eclipse.
As you dig that old telescope out of your attic, it would be nice to record the event on your phone. Now you can 3D print adapters to merge your phones to your telescope while you watch the eclipse safely.
NASA has been exploring 3D printing with many new innovations. For the eclipse, they have release a series of pinhole viewers that you can 3D print in the shape of your state. You can 3D print them with any spare filament you want, and you can experiment my changing the color of them to produce a vibrant pinhole viewer.
I printed up a couple of these to test Honest Joys PLA filament . When you are done, stick some fridge magnets on the back to turn it into a souvenir fridge magnet from the 2017 eclipse.
Solar Eclipse Pendants
No eclipse is complete without the eclipse party. 3D print a glow in the dark pendant to complement your eclipse dress.
There are different acceptable materials to use as a lens filter to darken the sun. Using a 3D printed adapter ring can help you improvise a effective view for the eclipse.