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Apple went through this phase where they would use a white lined acrylic for all there products. It was great for letting light through, which they even used to that effect with the status lights in the iMacs of the time.

I have made a lot of flash diffusers in the past, using anything I could get my hands on, from old milk bottles to marscapone pots. They all do a great job, but they don't last 2 minutes when out in the field. I saw this old Apple Airport laying around at Nottingham Hackspace and it immediately hit me that it would make a great solid long lasting flash diffuser.

The results are great, heres how to make your own.
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Step 1: Remove the internals.

This Airport is really easy to open up. There are three screws on the bottom which once removed allow the entire thing to split in two. The actual guts of the airport are all enclosed in a nice metal shell, you can just lift this out and put it to one side.

The white plastic around the ports is a separate piece, but is held in place with one of the screws. So easy to add back in later.

Step 2: Mark and Drill Corners

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Once I had peeled off the info sticker on the under side of the bottom half the residual glue was enough to stick on a scrap of paper.
I then placed the front end of my flashgun onto the centre and drew the outline.

I then found a drill bit that roughly matched the corner radius I had drawn.

Carefully stack up some scraps of wood under the plastic and drill out the four corners.

Step 3: Drill along edges

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Next, to make it easier to get the middle section out so that I could smooth the edges, I picked out a smaller sized drill bit and followed the edge around drilling out as many holds as I could fit in.

Assuming the holes are close enough together you can easily cut the remainder with a stanley knife or boxcutter.
bobcat19472 years ago
I don't know what an Apple Airport is, but I'm gonna be looking for one, because this looks like a terrific plan.
surfdude2 years ago
Nice job on this project!
tsa'ad2 years ago
Love it
biolethal2 years ago
Small thing: I think apple used polycarbonate in this, not acrylic: acrylic is the one that shatters easily, polycarbonate is easy to work with.
kalimo2 years ago
This is very clever!