In this resource, we show you how to make an edge-lit deer using our brand new 5V LED Strip Board! It features five ultra-bright LEDs, a micro USB connection for power, and a switch.
The LED Strip is a board designed for low power lighting, such as desk lamps or accent lights. The board is designed such that it is within the of the supply rating of a computer USB port (under 100mA). This, and it's small physical footprint (50mm x 10mm), makes it ideal for this application.
Materials That We Used:
- Midnight Black Perspex Sheet (Frosted) 3mm x 600mm x 400mm,
- Clear Perspex Sheet (Cast) 5mm x 600mm x 400mm,
- 4 x M3 x 12mm Machine Screws,
- 1 x M3 x 6mm Machine Screw,
- 5V LED Lit Strip Board,
- A Micro USB Cable,
- A USB Power Supply.
- Our DXF Design Files.
Simple 5V LED Strip Board Edge-Lit Perspex Sign:This is a fairly simple build which then results in a very effective outcome. Once the laser has done most of the work for us, all that is left is some straightforward assembly.
Step 1 - Preparation:Download the DXF files here. Import the files into your laser cutter software.
Step 2 - The Laser Cutter:
Laser-cut the ‘BASE-PANELS.dxf’ out of your choice of 3mm Material, we used Midnight Black Perspex. Laser-cut the ‘EDGE-LIT-DEER Panel.dxf’ out of 5mm Clear Perspex. Set the Deer to engrave, and the outer rectangle to cut.
Step 3 - Assemble The Base:
Use the M3 x 6mm Machine Screw to attach the 5V Edge-Lit Strip Board to the base panel. Stack the remaining panels in the following order.
Step 4 - Securing The Parts:
Push the 4 x M3 x 12mm Machine Screws through the stack from the bottom, and screw into place. The uppermost panels have slightly smaller holes to make a friction fit with the screw thread.
Step 5 - The Big Switch On:
Plug-in the USB connection, drop the engraved clear perspex onto the top, and then switch it on!
Your Turn!Why not give it a go and make your own design! Simply import the ‘BLANK-TEMPLATE.dxf’ into your chosen CAD Software & then create your own design.
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