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Acrylic Moodmonster

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Everybody needs a special friend, even if you're alone in your cubicle.

Lots of people liked the original Moodmonster, but I decided that I could do with something both more durable and more practical.

So, just before I lost access to a lasercutter, I decided to create an acrylic pen pot from Moodmonster.
 
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Step 1: Materials and tools

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Moodmonster is cut from a sheet of 3mm acrylic, using a desktop-sized laser cutter.

I used black because the choice of colours in the acrylic we had spare was black or a sort of... beige.  I didn't think about how hard it would be to photograph a relatively featureless, shiny, black box...

I also used some two-part epoxy, masking tape and a small file.

Step 2: Files

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I created the cutting files with software called LaserCAM 2D.

It's not great, but it's the software supplied with the laser cutter, and there was no spare budget for something decent.  Still, at least you don't have to draw it yourself...

The MCM files are attached to this step as a zip folder, but I've also made a screen-shot of the file, so you can create your own version in the software of your choice.

Step 3: Cutting

... er, that's it.  I cut it.

Follow the guidelines for your laser cutter, but I made sure to leave the protective film on the acrylic during cutting to keep the surfaces clean, then peeled it off just before gluing.
yellowcatt10 months ago
Is the face glued in place, or are you still able to change its mood?
Kiteman (author)  yellowcatt10 months ago
It's glued - if it wasn't, it would fall off as soon as a pen leaned on it.
yellowcatt Kiteman10 months ago
Just a thought, if you replaced the face with clear acrylic then you could cut a selection of different expressions from the coloured acrylic. You could use thin self adhesive magnetic tape to hold the face in place but make them easily changeable.
http://www.tape2go.com/Category/Magnetic-Tape/68
Kiteman (author)  yellowcatt10 months ago
Nice idea, but a little late - as of today, I no longer have access to a laser cutter.
yellowcatt Kiteman10 months ago
Oh well, pity about that.
Since I changed jobs I really miss having access to a decent workshop with an industrial CNC router.
liquidhandwash10 months ago
thats cool kiteman but happy or constipated? :-) I can never tell!
Kiteman (author)  liquidhandwash10 months ago
LOL, it was supposed to be a wicked grin!
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