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This is a step by step guide on how to build your own modern LED lamp from a 3D model,  using a laser cutter and some simple electrical components . I actually used this as an architectural model but the end result  creates a pretty sweet lamp. The design that is attached it slightly different from what is in the pictures. What is pictured is actually my design for a highrise apartment building in chicago.  This guide takes you through all the steps necessary, feel free try out your own shapes. What is attached is only a sample of a possible shape.

Step 1: Get all the materials

you will need a few things for this build. start by getting all these items.

4 sheets of 1/8" thick 18" x 24" acrylic - (not 1/8 but close enough) http://www.menards.com/main/building-materials/sheet-acrylic/clear-acrylic/100-18-x-24-clear-acrylic/p-1458022-c-7552.htm

super glue or acrylic adhesive (if using super glue watch for finger prints)

Laser Cutter

4 "AA" battery holder (this one includes a switch which is nice) http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062253 

2 ( or how every many you want) LED's http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3060980

resistors ( i used 270 ohm, may change on your set up)

preprinted circuit board,i used this one because it cut down on some soldering http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2102845

one can of spray glass frost  http://www.menards.com/main/paint/paint/spray-paint/decorative/rust-oleum-specialty-frosted-glass-spray/p-1482521-c-8046.htm
 

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phuynh12 years ago
Hello, I really want to make this, but I do not have any experience in 3d software, or a laser cutter. I found some website online that will do laser cutting service, ponoko.com, but this site required the file format to be STL, DAE or VRML 97. I am completely new at 3D software and laser cutting, is there anyway you can send me those file type?
ray742 years ago
Beautiful
Very nice looking lamp. I might have to build on at some point.

Instead of frosting the plastic with a spray, you could also just sand them lightly with a scotch-bright pad. This would save the work of spraying and allowing each coat to dry. It also couldn't scratch or chip off.
ChrysN3 years ago
Gorgeous lamp!
venom_man (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
thank you very much! I was very happy with how it turned out