LASER CUT LIGHT BOXES – SCOPES Digital Fabrication

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Fab Lab
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We are Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s Fabrication Lab. We are based out of Anchorage Alaska serving Alaska Native and American Indian students based in the Anchorage school district. We teach design, building, and fabrication with a cultural emphasis. Our different… Read More

Summary

Create your own personalized light box that includes LED strands and DC power supply. The image, LED light colors and display box dimensions are up to you!! 

Time: 16 hours if designing images, cutting and soldering

 

What You'll Need

Tools:

Computer – Corel or Adobe Illustrator

Soldering Iron

Laser Engraver

 

Contents:

12 Volt DC Power Supply

DC Power Jack

  Power Switch

12 Volt LED Strip (approx. 17.75” long)

2 (or 3) colored wires

    Laser cut box template ( attached file for 5x5x1.5 box or http://www.makercase.com/)

Materials: 

Wire Strippers

Solder

    Flux

    Wire cutters

    Hot glue gun

    Glue sticks

    Painters Tape

Plywood (Acrylic, Cardboard, etc.)

The Instructions

Beginning Your Design/ Modifying Your Box Template

Designing and Cutting out your Box.

Installing the Electronics

This section describes how to complete the electronic portion of the box.

Standards

  • (4.MD.A1): Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Record measurement equivalents in a two-column table. For example, know that 1 ft is 12 times as long as 1 in. Express the length of a 4 ft snake as 48 in. Generate a conversion table for feet and inches listing the number pairs (1, 12), (2, 24), (3, 36), ...
  • (2.MD.A1): Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
  • (2.MD.A4): Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit.
  • (Fab-Safety.1): I can safely conduct myself in a Fab Lab and observe operations under instructor guidance.
  • (Fab-Electronics.1): I can follow instructions to build a simple electrical circuit using conductive material, basic components, and power.
  • (Fab-Modeling.1): I can arrange and manipulate simple geometric elements, 2D shapes, and 3D solids using a variety of technologies.
  • (Fab-Fabrication.1): I can follow instructor guided steps that link a software to a machine to produce a simple physical artifact.
  • (Fab-Design.1): I can be responsible for various activities throughout a design process within a group under instructor guidance.

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