The Design Stage:The design stage was split into two distinct parts; the first was conducted over a pint in the local. Geoff and Dr. Simon Parr, one of the team running the 80's sub camp, talked over the idea and mapped out a rough plan on a piece of paper. Geoff then went home and fired up his PC to do the actual CAD design.
The Materials Used:The frame was made of laser plywood with wooden batons in the corners to keep the structure rigid. The frosted acrylic sheets for the coloured squares were very kindly donated, free of charge, by Perspex Distribution. Plywood sides were straightforward to make, a little bit of time on one of the Kitronik laser cutters and hey presto, done. Perspex sheets presented much more of a challenge. As Perspex Distribution kindly donated the sheets for free we didn't feel like pushing our luck by insisting on our usual sheets sizes so the perspex sheets were too large for our laser cutters to handle. A lot of scoring and cutting later and the Perspex sheets were cut to a more manageable size and put on the laser cutter.
Lighting The Rubix Cube:The internal lighting for the Rubix cube was provided by 20 Festoon lights. As you can see from the picture above, they look a little like large Christmas tree light's, each light resembling a golf ball in size and general shape. The lights can be used indoors or outside and provide plenty of light for the task in hand.
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