Introduction: Banana PC - Custom Laptop Logo

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You know.... I like to eat. Eat! eat apples and bananas.

Hip and trendy back lit logos are no longer limited to the apple crowd. You (yes, you) too can release thyself from the drab clutches of the plain boring brand. No longer shall my laptop share the same cattle brand as it's fore bearers.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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What I Used
  • Laptop bezel
  • Laser Cutter
  • Acrylic or other laser cutter safe plastic
  • Vector file of your logo
  • Xacto knife and fresh blade
  • Sand Paper (coarse to fine)
  • Scotch Scrubbies
  • Hot Glue
  • Masking Tape
  • Water
  • Scrap Paper

Now, this is what I used - if I were to do it again I would also use a water jet as laptop plastic (ABS) is some incredibly tough stuff.

Step 2: Templates

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Before you cut into anything important, make a template. Cut your vector file out of paper and check for fitment. In my case, I needed to cover the sunken in area that held the old laptop brand - this determined the size of my new logo.


Don't do what I did. Be sure to check the back of the laptop LCD assembly for opaque areas that will not allow light to pass through. If you're not worried about light - then you don't need to check for this ;)

Step 3: Cut Acrylic

It's important to cut your acrylic first. It's no use cutting into your laptop bezel if you can't replace it with something suitable. Cut your plastic according to the speed and power recommendations for your laser cutter.

Of course, you don't have to use a laser cutter - but one was available to me, so I used it ;)

Step 4: Cut Bezel

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Be sure to remove any electronics that may be mounted in your screen bezel. Cover the visible side with tape - a few layers is best.

Start with a low power test cut to check for alignment/location. Once you're ready to go, wipe a small amount of water over your tape. The water prevents flare ups (tape burning away) that can damage the laser optics. While it may slow down the cutting process, this is better than damaging your cutter ;)

My first cut did not penetrate - nor did my second or third. After my 4th pass at a slow speed and high power, it was clear that the laser would not penetrate the bezel.

Finish the job with an Xacto knife. Go slow and be careful to prevent damage to the bezel outside.

If I were to do this again, I would do so on the water jet that was available to me. This would provide a clean and thorough cut. Live and Learn -- one day I'll just paint the bezel :D

Step 5: Remove Reflective Tape and Clean Up

Be sure to cut away any reflective tape behind your new logo - this will allow light to pass through the new logo. A quick pass with an Xacto blade will do this.

Clean up your bezel.

Step 6: Finish Logo

Using coarse sand paper -- sand the surface of the acrylic to get a frosted look - start with coarse paper and work up to finer grit - then finish off with a scotch pad.

Step 7: Attach Logo and Reassemble

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Fire up those hot glue guns. Place the logo in your bezel cutout - flush with the outside surface. Then apply a dab or two of hot glue to hold it in place.

Finally, reassemble your custom bezel :)


tinker234 (author)2012-01-22

wow exuse me could you tell me how to evenly light the laptop logo

mrhacker (author)tinker2342014-08-13

the backlight of the screen lights it up you dont have to do anything unless you want a different color which you can just used colored acrylic sheets

goldbar2975 (author)2011-04-10

does that make the screen dim?

Kungfuboy (author)2010-10-20

Hello,my name is King,I am new on Instructables, This is cool! Most of

Americans are creative!from now on,a new brand-Banana Laptop came into


zack247 (author)2010-09-01

wehn i get a charger, this mod will meet the back of my powerbook 190, and i'll use colored acrylic so it looks like the rainbow apple logo.

scubagus (author)2010-07-31

hey i what to do something like that to my old lap, bt just one question. does uting the back of the cover does not affect how your screen looks? i mean, the light fom the sun, (or other source does not afect the way you see the sceen? like a banana shadow on ur screen :D

abadfart (author)scubagus2010-08-24

no i used my laptop with the back of the screen off and it looked just fine i think im going to put the Ubuntu logo on mine

Fwirt (author)2007-11-19

I think it's kinda cool... Could you use a dremel instead of a laser cutter? I think that the the DIY factor is really neat, but I know that the burn marks would bug me if it was my laptop.

zack247 (author)Fwirt2010-06-22

maybe cutting from the backside would help? that's just a guess though

junits15 (author)2010-06-20

cattle brand......gateway?

santy22 (author)2009-03-13

That's awesome, its likely the way the guys of nickeloden make the pear in the notebooks from Zoey 101 and iCarly, i guess in order to be copyright-free from apple.

Yerboogieman (author)santy222009-05-01

AND, Drake and Josh.

yea he forgeted it

mg0930mg (author)2009-02-22

My question is what is the batman thing in the window. ;D

trebuchet03 (author)mg0930mg2009-02-22

:D A project that has longed for finishing/documentation... It was a template that was cut to ensure fit.... That shape was water jet cut into aluminum waffle irons - to make perfect bat waffles :D It was my "learn to use the waterjet" project :D

mg0930mg (author)trebuchet032009-02-23

Ahhh.. you should finish it. ;D

futpoo (author)2007-09-03

have you noticed a decrease in brightness in your screen?

trebuchet03 (author)futpoo2007-09-03

None whatsoever :) When the machine is off -- and there is light behind it, I notice a very faint banana outline in my monitor :)

Dzwiedziu (author)2007-09-02

The idea is good, but the burn marks (as people noticed before me) ruin the effect.

gmjhowe (author)2007-08-31

you shoud re spray the lid, to get rid of burn marks, it wud look alot better, also you shud make a see thru shape to fit in, like a window

trebuchet03 (author)gmjhowe2007-08-31

you shoud re spray the lid, to get rid of burn marks, it wud look alot better,
Eventually I'll respray - but it's not that important to me. It adds character ;) Imperfection guaranteed on almost all prototypes - make mistakes design features and all is well.

also you shud make a see thru shape to fit in, like a window
I invite you to read the rest of the instructable.... Key points being step 3 (cutting acrylic), step 5 (removing reflective tape so you can actually see through) and step 6 (frosting acrylic panel), and finally step 7 (attaching acrylic panel the bezel).

gmjhowe (author)trebuchet032007-09-02

i apologize, i never have enuff time to read an entire instructable, i just tend to scribble a comment,

vitozilla (author)2007-08-31

nice i will be watching out for batman. good stuff man i dig all your instructables.

vitozilla (author)2007-08-31

i would of used the batman logo in the background of step 2. otherwise cool instructable.

trebuchet03 (author)vitozilla2007-08-31

Oh don't worry... Batman makes it's debut online soon... In good time though ;)

nikc12 (author)2007-08-31

that sort of looks, um, not so good...

trebuchet03 (author)nikc122007-08-31

Yep, like I said - I had a bit of a miscalculation ;) It gives it character along with the rosewood interior trim ;)

tomonto (author)2007-08-30

feelin a surge of instructables arent we?

trebuchet03 (author)tomonto2007-08-30

No surge, just hitting critical mass.... I've had a lot backed up and a good chunk of time to kick them out. Some of these have been written - just waiting images to be uploaded :p

Tool Using Animal (author)2007-08-30

The Banana Jr has always been one of my favorite computers.

Hooray :) The reference has been caught :)

fungus amungus (author)2007-08-30

Oh man, I've been meaning to do a variation on this idea for a couple months.

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