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I am a huge fan of Portal. I still remember the first time I looked through the very first portal in the game, and the way it bent my mind. I've been hooked ever since. In the second game, you get to "meet" Cave Johnson, CEO of Aperture Science, and I thought to myself, "what kind of crazy business card would he have?" After seeing Thingiverse user clide's Iris Business Card , I knew I had to make a version based on Portal. I decided to incorporate the iris in the device into the actual logo for Aperture Science. Ok! Let's start thinking with portals!
 
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Step 1: Materials/Tools

Materials:
 * Heavy paper, such as card stock.
 * Thin cardboard, the kind that's not corrugated.
 * Double-sided tape. You might be able to use glue, but I haven't tried it.

Tools:
 * Scissors.
 * X-Acto knife or box cutter. The sharper, the better.
 * Tweezers.
 * Printer

Step 2: Print and Cut Out Pieces

First, print out the attached template (card2.pdf). Cut out each piece. For the eight aperture pieces, I found that cutting the fine details first, and then the long edges makes it a little easier going. Also, make sure to cut out all the holes before cutting out the pieces themselves. Next, take your scrap cardboard, and trace the shape of the bottom right cutout from the page. Cut this shape out from the cardboard. This is the piece that gives the business card its rigidity, and also keeps the handle piece in place.

Note: If you're a fancy pants and have access to a laser cutter, this step is essentially moot. I'm pretty sure you could easily modify the .pdf to use on a laser cutter.
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SayntCigol1 year ago
These could also be cut using a silhouette cameo... WELL worth the investment if you are looking to do any significant volume of paper craft... my wife got me one as an anniversary gift, and it has been outstanding!

I used the .svg file to import into Illustrator and then exported as .dxf, then imported the .dxf into Silhouette Studio 3 where I you can print and cut. For assembly instead of cardboard I cut out 2 copies of the middle section, and to bind everything together I used photo mount spray adhesive. Here is the .studio3 file for Silhouette Cameo. Great Instructable!

R1672 years ago
could you please post/email me the instructions for the one that opens? I could maybe figure it out but I was hoping that you could help me with this. Want to make a couple for some kind of thing or such. my email is r167@me.com

Thanks :)

If you haven't got a response by not I found out by messing up a few times. you can open it from the left side. Switch sides and shorten the lever. Fill in the inside right with paper as well as moving the back holes down keeping the same shape but rotating it a bit. The easiest way to do this is the print out the back piece a guide cut out the holes on your guide and rotate them and trace the outcome on your good leaver. Make sure you don't throw the A out of wack. I hope this helped out some I'm sorry for not having pictures but I have no camera at the moment.

temporarychaos made it!3 months ago

I use a glue stick and I also glued the middle insert to the front of the card so the second to the last step would be a little easier. If you want to use your exacto knife to line to little tabs up with up with the holes. also just to make sure to tabs stayed I glued them down as well also adding a coat of glue over top of them. I then fallowed that up with some clear duct tap. I just printed it on regular paper and glued it to some paper out of one of my art books so it remained thin and easy to work with but it made it alot stouter. I left a line of black one the moving parts to break it up a bit more and I think that's all the changes I made. Thank you very much for the idea it was fun to make and show off. - TemporaryChaos

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jenoya made it!7 months ago

I made one to go with this set that I designed of Aperture Science stuff for my friend for Christmas! I decided to make myself a set too. Here's the picture

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jenoya made it!7 months ago

I made one to go with this set that I designed of Aperture Science stuff for my friend for Christmas! I decided to make myself a set too. Here's the picture

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toriosum7 months ago
I want to see one that opens!
Awesome
me142311 months ago
how thick should the cardboard be?
camwifi1 year ago
That is so cool
bonastella1 year ago
could you use glue instead of double stick tape?
sphere3601 year ago
the mechanism is ingenious, thanks for sharing!
Wingwire2 years ago
To make it open instead of close, simply put the tab on the left side, putting the hinge on the top part. When you turn it, the iris should open from its closed neutral position.
this is the most coolest card i have ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 :D
kelseymh3 years ago
In Step 4, you wrote, "Congratulations! There will be cake and grief counseling at the conclusion of this Instructable."

So where's the cake? Oh, wait....
The cake is a lie.
that's right,please read my indestructible.
More importantly, where's that grief counseling?
this is awesome. but plese read mine. it's called diy portal test chamber
it didn't print certain parts of the card for some reason. :(
hey, is there any way you could upload a dxf or dwg file? or even one from a different drawing program like that?
drknotter (author)  bvdraftingman2 years ago
I made it in Inkscape, so the only other option would be .svg, which I just now uploaded. I hope this helps.
Hello there! i was wondering if you can use staples instead of double-sided tape.
Hope you answer
BTW This is just awesome!!
drknotter (author)  dvillegas duque2 years ago
You could probably use staples instead of tape, but they'd have to be pretty strong staples to get through the cardboard.
nave50cal2 years ago
what if you changed "aperature science" into "awesome", and leaving the "A" on the mechinisim there. and changing "cave johnson" into your name.
clide2 years ago
Very cool, I'm surprised I hadn't seen this before. Good job modifying the design.

I'm impressed that you were able to make one with 8 leafs.
drknotter (author)  clide2 years ago
Thanks for the comment! I really appreciate you stopping by to look, since you were my inspiration. Getting 8 leaves was definitely a challenge, and even if you build it perfectly, it's still a little finicky. However, I think the biggest change I made from your designs was getting rid of the tabs that wrap around the inner circle. I could see that their purpose was to hold the handle piece steady during rotation, but the eight leaves were getting in the way. So then, I decided to put an interior cardboard slice to hold the handle piece, instead. It seems to work out ok.

Phew, long comment! Thanks for commenting again, and let me know what you think about my idea/if you have any questions.
clide drknotter2 years ago
Yep that is how I initially designed it with a thicker board around the outside of the rotating part, but it had a tendency to bind up and required more precision in the assembly as well as more parts to deal with.

After that I had the tabs on the rotating part and looped them through the front as you can see on the 4 leaf version: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:8944
This gets them more out of the way of the leafs, however that method would interfere with the aesthetic effect you were going for.

Since I was trying to sell these I was trying to optimize my design for ease of assembly and few parts. One thing that could make it a little smoother is instead of the fold out tabs for pivot points on the leafs you could use a circular piece glued to the leaf with a larger circle on the other side to hold it into the handle. Use a hole punch of the proper size to get perfect circles. Of course this makes assembly much more difficult, but if you are just doing a few it is probably worth the extra effort. This was something I did on the earliest prototypes when I was just trying to make sure the concept was sound.
barfbag973 years ago
Is there a way i could put my own name on it instead of Cave Johnson? cause that would be cool

p.s. awesome instructible by the way :D
you can click on the 'graphic select tool' button select the whole thing an copy it onto paint & rub out the writing
roomen3 years ago
Yeah i did it, made it just with paper and stick glue, only addition was to tape down the little flaps that go through the handle, else the flaps wouldn't stay in, works pretty good though.
Only thing i'm missing is a back piece to hide the other flaps.
Although the reason i made this one was because of the iris mechanism, i finally fully understand it :)
BenMillen3 years ago
if this was laser cut in metal it could make an awesome finger/cigar cutter for some sort of bond vilan type :D

awesome ible btw :)
kvnfln90003 years ago
i figured out how to make it open but i am stillworking on modifing your design

it is going to work =)
jamiec533 years ago
What font did you use for the Cave Johnson bit?
drknotter (author)  jamiec533 years ago
I don't have it on me right now, as I'm out of town. I got it off of some free font website, I think it was called "Sawsadee".
OK, thanks. By the way, this is so cool :)
lilliu973 years ago
ummm somethings gone wrong when i push down it closes and i cant push up
drknotter (author)  lilliu973 years ago
Can you describe the problem in more detail? Are you sure you put the flaps through the holes in the correct order? The handle has to be in approximately the position that it's in in the first picture when putting the flaps through the holes
TechKid673 years ago
I would enjoy the opposite version as well where it opens when operating the lever.
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