Christmas is now just around the corner but there's still plenty of time for making. Emma's been back on the laser cutter to produce something for you to have a go at. All you'll need is some acrylic and a Kitronik USB RGB LED strip.and you're good to go.
In this project we’re making a very simple edge lit sign that would look at home among your existing Christmas decorations. Grab the DXFs and let’s get started!
- 5mm Clear Value Acrylic
- 3mm Orange Fizz Perspex®
- Kitronik USB RGB LED Strip
- 4 x 12mm M3 Pan Head Screws
- This DXF for the base.
- This DXF for the sign.
- Laser Cutter.
Cut out the Base from your choice of Acrylic. We have used Orange Fizz Sweet Pastels Perspex® but you can use any colour you want. Use the screws, and encase the RGB LED Strip in the base.
The Laser Cut Edge-Lit Sign:
Grab the DXF and either load it straight into your laser cutter software. or If you want to personalise it, you can load the design into your CAD program of choice and tweak it to taste (pictured above is LibreCAD).
Following the guide above, pop some 5mm clear acrylic on your laser cutter and cut as shown. There are three different types of cut in the design; cut all of the way through, engraving and kiss cut.
Introduce the base to the edge-lit sign, plug the strip into a suitable power source and you're done. You should now have something that resembles the sign above, mince pies not included.
If you have a go at making one of these signs, or one that is inspired by it, we would love to see it. Please share them via social media and tag us so we can share it with everyone.
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