I've always loved those little holographic bugs that museums always seemed to stock in stores, so this project was a bit of a re-imagining of that past memory. Once a friend taught me about 123D Make, I began to think of different uses of 123D Make beyond the standard stacked or slotted puzzles, and thought of making holograms. Essentially you'd have engraved acrylic stacked together to form a figure from the engravings.
I did a bit of research and most 3D holographic cubes are made from either 3D laser engravings or micro cracks made from high peak power pulses. Neither of these technologies are at my disposal so I went ahead with the 123D Make and laser cutting idea.