Introduction: 3D Head Lamp

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You will need:
Wood 1/8"
Acrylic 1/8"
LED Strip 4"
Soldering Iron

Step 1: Laser Cut

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Begin by laser cutting your pieces.
We're using the FSL Hobby Laser.

The "Base" file includes two parts. This will make the solid and the hollow pieces to stack. Cut along the red lines and engrave on the blue line. Only one piece requires the blue line to be engraved.

Using 1/8" material, cut the file 8 times. This should leave you with 8 solid pieces and 8 hollow pieces. Save one of the centers of a "Hollow" piece. This will close the base and be our guide for placing the LEDs.

For the acrylic, engrave the black sections. Cut along the red line.

Step 2: Glue

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Stack the slotted pieces to make a solid piece. The slots will be a tight fit for the acrylic. Use the acrylic to make sure that all the slots are aligned as you're gluing. If you plan on making the lamp interchangeable, be careful not to glue the acrylic into place.

Once all the solid pieces are in place, begin gluing the disks to make a hollow cylinder. Glue this cylinder underneath the slotted pieces. This will give you the space for your electronics.

Step 3: Wiring

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Create a circuit following the attached diagram. We used a 9v battery, and two sections of a 12v led strip. Other combinations are possible, though some circuit math may be required.

Adhere your LED strip to one of the excess pieces from the "hollow" circles. Align it to the engraved rectangle to line up with the base of the acrylic. Secure all the battery and the wires to the base. If you have a switch, you can drill a section of the base to set the switch for access from the outside.

Step 4: Finishing

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Sand along the base to get a smooth consistent finish. Add lacquer or paint as desired.

Place the acrylic in the stand. Add the bottom circle with the electronics to the base.

Step 5: Illuminate

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NguyễnB35 (author)2017-03-23

Could you explain more specifically how to create the plan of head with the mixture between inkscape and AI as you said, step by step so everybody can make DIY stuff like this. Pls thanks so much

colosso (author)2017-03-09

please friend i am from cuba, the internet here is very slow, i need the vector (.ai) were you get that .ai
please my email is, set me the link, i look in all internet and i cant finder the vector (.ai) for make that cane of lamp
PS. my english suks wath cant i say... sorry friend
and i hate pinterest

NguyễnT265 (author)2017-02-13


AmiraA10 made it! (author)2016-06-14

Can you show me how to do this Plz?

FSLASER (author)AmiraA102016-09-30

Hello Amira.
It's great to see awesome project like this, unfortunately that file isn't our design. We have a ton of great project on our page if you're ever interested in creating some unique laser cut items. We wish you the best luck.

tallht (author)2016-05-02

Awesome design bro :) Btw, i have some questions

What is the concept to make 2D look 3D? How do we define the grid fill to be filled automatically and randomly? I meant in Inkscape

FSLASER (author)tallht2016-09-30

One of our artists was able to draw out the design for us. For this project, we didn't use a 3D model, but were lucky enough to have someone who could draw using perspective.

FazlayR (author)2016-05-11

can u give me any clue how u made the vector file of this type ??

FSLASER (author)FazlayR2016-09-30

We use a mixture of Adobe illustrator and Inkscape. Inkscape is great because it's powerful and free. We recommend it for first time users, but many experienced users enjoy using Corel Draw or Illustrator programs.

abavi (author)2016-08-21

My Friend,
I can create a 3D model in AutoCAD but it seems yo first designed in 3D max and then export to AutoCAD to change 3D to 2D Flat model.

Please explain details of your procedures.

Thank you

FSLASER (author)abavi2016-09-30

Hi Abavi. Sorry for the late reply. We don't get comments directly to our inbox, so it takes a moment to find and respond to questions. For laser cutting, we don't use any 3D programs. If you are proficient with 3D, it's definately possible, but at the moment, we do all our laser cut designing in 2D. We used a mixture of Inkscape and Adobe Illustrator to create the vector paths for this.

sadidigital (author)2016-09-19

Thanks, This Is Nice Work, I want to make this with my laser cutting machine.

abavi (author)2016-08-23

holle no answer?

eduardopraciano (author)2016-05-02

ok. Thanks

tomatoskins (author)2016-01-13

This is so cool! I'd love to see your files!

FSLASER (author)tomatoskins2016-01-13

The files are hidden in "step 1" Included are the .SVG files. More file types will become available shortly.

SAHD_Lab (author)FSLASER2016-04-30

I'm only seeing .ai files. Am I missing something?

tomatoskins (author)FSLASER2016-01-13

Awesome! Thank for the heads up!

eduardopraciano (author)2016-03-07

what software you use to create vector?

FSLASER (author)eduardopraciano2016-04-11

This was designed in Inkscape which is a free software. Many people also have preferences torwards Adobe Illustrator or Corel draw, but with our laser software, you can design from any program.

SAHD_Lab (author)FSLASER2016-04-30

Could you possibly upload .svg file versions as well since you designed it in Inkscape? I have an FSL Hobby laser and I'm having a hard time figuring out how to modify the file to get it to raster and vector properly in Retina Engrave.

SenatorPC (author)2016-04-23

where i can download or buy another design ?

eduardopraciano (author)2016-04-12

ok, thank you so much

ennalta made it! (author)2016-03-06

I've been looking for one of these. If anyone has other templates for other pieces instead of jsut the head, I would appreciate it.

Here is a picture of mine. Same thing except that I used a 9volt wall adapter, 3 blue LEDs and a 1k resistor.

FSLASER (author)ennalta2016-04-11

This is fantastic. Keep up the amazing work!

Lenbus made it! (author)ennalta2016-04-04

So, I think i got some good news for you:
In my latest instructable you can learn how to create your own Standee Head design, for such a lamp, from your own photos or digital artworks. It is a really detailed tutorial, so that even those, who don't have that much experience with advanced techniques of photo and vector manipulation, can work along.

So, feel free to check it out, leave a comment if you like or if you have problems at any point, send me a message, so that I can help you out :)

Best regards from Germany!

Lenbus made it! (author)2016-04-04

Haha, seems like I'm not the only one having had the idea of such a concept (and making an Instructable out of that)... :)

Best regards from Germany :)

azizkres (author)2016-02-18

This is Awesome!

Bob Marston (author)2016-01-13

This is sweet! Looks like that dj shadow album cover but far more detailed and in real life. Great job!

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