Christmas presents for the whole family. Unique wood base and personalized acrylic LED nameplates crafted using a Epilog laser etcher and cutter. Everyone loves them.
I made it at TechShop.

Step 1: Set up image and run the laser

I start by drawing the cut out line for the laser cutter in Illustrator. Then type a person's name inside cut out line and flip ("reflect") for printing on the backside of acrylic plate. Add clipart from Google. Now I'm ready for etching.
I etch using 1/4 inch Acrylic sheet from Tap Plastics.

I got to see these in the laser stage... Love the final results!!!
Thanks!! Its fun to add an image to someone's name. My father-in-law says his has been running non stop since Christmas day. <br>See you in TechShop soon.
I woke up thinking about this.... I bet you could get a plug in transformer cheep on ebay... like this! <br> <br>http://www.ebay.com/itm/12V-0-5A-500mA-5-5mm-2-5mm-2-1mm-AC-DC-Power-Supply-Adapter-lots-wholesale-/400633044948?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&amp;var=&amp;hash=item5d47971fd4
That'd cool. Less battery waste too. <br>I do wonder if a solar cell could recharge it. Then add on off/on switch to save battery charge.
Since you are a member of TechShop, try making the bases next time on the ShopBot. You can create the slot for the acrylic, cavity for the lights and battery, and even the outside shape, all in one shot!
I must admit the wooden bases were &quot;hand&quot; done. That effort took way more time than necessary. Thanks. I've taken the ShopBot class. Next iteration will definitely use the ShopBot.

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