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Show your Halo pride with this simple LED light. I saw this design on Xbox live years ago and loved it. So I made a T-shirt of it over at redbubble.com for a buddy (http://www.redbubble.com/people/theerikjohnson/t-shirts/1398774-halo). Turns out, a lot of people dug it. So I’m trying my hand at this simple Ponoko.com design. I think it came out pretty cool, but I’m considering it the prototype, the beta, the 1.0.0 version, etc. This was my first Ponoko project so I’ve learned a few things and have improvements for this project in mind. Depending on the response I’ll consider a 2.0 version. And also a deluxe version of all plastic or something.

This beta kit is available from Ponoko here: http://www.ponoko.com/showroom/ErikJohnson
But if you’d rather do it yourself, below is an .eps file that can be transferred to some white card board and below are the shapes for blue and red plastic. You’re on your own for the electronics.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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The kit comes like this: one box of electronics from Sparkfun containing a white LED light bar, a Barrel Jack to 2-pin JST, and a Wall Adapter Power Supply - 12VDC 600mA (a bit different from the one pictured in this Instructable, this one I had laying around.)

And a second box from Ponoko with the laser cut materials: 2 one-sided white cardboard pieces, a red plastic one and and a blue. The parts come stuck to a protective contact paper so take care in removing them. Also the plastic parts come with more paper stuck to both sides of them.

Step 2: Folding

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First we need to get the cardboard creased in the right places, I’ve added some lines to help below. The way I’m doing it here is to hold a ruler on the upper side aligned with the crease desired. I then reached my other hand under it and pressed it down against a flat surface. I’ve added some dark lines for the picture to show the creases needed so it folds up right.

This is soooo cool, have got to make!!

Awesome
battman20362 years ago
Have you thought about edge lighting the sides of the colored plastic? Otherwise it's a very clever and easy design. Love it.
mjensen133 years ago
Try doubling the blue so you have 2 layers there. That will cut down the brightness a bunch!
Dr.Paj3 years ago
If you decide to frost the plastic, you should have a pair of lights on both the bottom and top of the lamp, just so that you don't get that spotlight effect near his knees. You should also think about bumping up the quality of the box and move up to wood so that you can put a deep stain on it / paint it.
theerikjohnson (author) 3 years ago
agreed.
mweymouth3 years ago
you should hide the lights behind the master chief....