June 2020 UFO Contents

Thank You to this month’s sponsors, contributors, and companies who didn’t try to shoot our UFO’s out of the sky for using their product in this month’s box.


Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad Makers out there!

This month I’ve included stickers for a couple maker dads MadMonkey (Jordan) and TheEdgeofTech (Jim)

For the project I came up with a project that I think could be pretty cool for the dad maker space. A motion activated light. I use versions of these I’ve bought in random areas of my house to add more light to an area that I’m working in, so I hope that you find them useful as well!

The accessory is an allen key hex screwdriver (the 4 attachments are in the handle, pull the cap off! =P

Like last year’s anniversary project, next month’s project is going to require a lot of soldering - so get some practice in!

I truly appreciate everyone’s support these last few months. they’ve been more trying than previous months - not just for me, but also for a lot of you... one thing I’ve always loved about this community is that we are all here for each other. I am definitely here for all of you.

Thank You, Josh ~Alien3D

Congrats to Bruce W.
for winning the June 2020 Mothership Box!

This month's Mothership prize is a Slice Engineering Copperhead Heatsink, Block and Throat!


This month UFOs contained:

  • Dad's Root beer Candy
  • Mad Monkey Sticker
  • The Edge of Tech Sticker

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Filament Samples

All filament samples are at least 20 meters in length (actually more, I increased the length to eat up the extra filament being left behind on the rolls)

3D Printing Canada

PLA - Coffee Brown

Extrusion Temp: 180 to 230C
Bed Temp: 0-70C

Visit 3DPrinting Canada


eSilk PLA - Purple

Extrusion Temp: 190 to 220C
Bed Temp: 0-80C

Visit eSun


MG Chemicals Premium PLA - Blue, White or Silver

Extrusion Temp: 200 to 220C
Bed Temp: 22-50C

Visit Sandoz


PLA - Cosmic Sparkle

Extrusion Temp: 180 to 220C
Bed Temp: 40-90C
Speed: 20+ mm/s

Visit Zyltech

Bonus Accessory!

4 in 1 Allen Key Driver

1.5, 2, 2.5 & 3mm Metric 4-in-1 Allen Key Driver - I am always losing my smaller allen keys, and since getting things I've found that a driver type is MUCH easier to use, so I thought I would share in the fun!
Get More on Amazon

Bonus Project!

Motion Detector LED Panel Light

I have some motion detector lights that I bought off Amazon that I use throughout my house to add extra targeting lighting without having to use switches. They gave me the idea for this project, and I think that you could have them useful as well! I have one by my Resin printer since it's in a dark corner... let me know where you'll use yours!

Included in Kit:

  • Arduino Nano
  • USB cable
  • 4x5 Bright White LEG Panel
  • 5v Relay
  • Motion Detector Module

It has come to my attention that I forgot to put the 6 jumper wires into the UFOs, if you need jumper wires please feel free to reach out to me and I'll get them sent out to you!

For mine, I have the detection distance set to max (turn all the way clockwise) and the "timing" you'll have to play with to get it how you want it.

Also on the motion detector there is a jumper, when looking at it you'll want it on the left 2 pins for a "constant" detection of movement. The 2 pins to the right simply do a detect - turn on - turn off after amount of time set by potentiometer.

To get the Arduino to fit in the slot it slides in to, you have to snip off the 6 pins that are on the same side as the reset button.

Printed Files by Tony Nunez
Alternative Case by Bob Karnes
Download June Project Files

Programming the Arduino:

I am using Arduino IDE 1.8.5. I have seen that with newer versions, there are "new" and "old" bootloaders. So in the step to select the processor, if the 328p doesn't work, try the 328p (old bootloader). If that also doesn't work, check in the Device Manager that the Nano is actually being recognized and being assigned a COM port. If it's listed under unknown or other devices, try installing the drivers from https://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/D2XX.htm

  1. Fire up Arduino IDE
  2. Download the project code above and open the project file in Arduino IDE
  3. Go to Tools > Board > Select Arduino Nano
  4. Go to Tools > Processor > Select ATMega328P
  5. Go to Tools > Port and make note of what ports are listed
  6. Plug in the Arduino Nano to a USB port
  7. Go back to Tools > Port and select the new port that has shown up.
  8. Click the Upload button, and... after compiling and uploading...
  9. You should have a working Motion detector light!

Comments 7

  1. Josh, I did not get the jumper wires and I don’t have the materials handy to make my own. I am traditionally a woodworker but wanting to learn. I intend on using your projects as a learning tool. If possible could you shoot me out those jumpers. Many thanks.

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  2. Josh,
    Got everything together and wired, ready for the programming. I’ve only played with Arduino once before, is there instructions for that part?

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