Introduction: How to Make a Tron Data Disc

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So I bought 30 grams of blue glow in the dark powder. and decided to try my hand at a grown up Tron Data Disc. I got the idea from Mat Browns glow in the dark shelves.

This is a 10" maple disc that I turned on the lathe and used a 1/8 inch bench chisel to cut the grooves.

After that it was just a matter of mixing up the powder. My confession here is that I thought the powder would be enough to tint the epoxy blue. I wasn't aware it would dry clear. Next time, I would totally tint the epoxy.

After that, sand the glue flush and add a finish. Charge it in the sunlight and enjoy the cool effect in the dark!


AshleyC31 (author)2017-05-19

you could use one of them ring frisbees to make one so then you could through the disk just like it

seybertooth (author)2015-02-27

I'm pretty sure that the tracfone symbol is a tron disc

SparkySolar (author)2014-11-09

I love this.

I am not from here

what is TROn

ibwebb (author)SparkySolar2014-12-18

Just to help you out. The first was (IMHO) the best, but I am a huge fan of both.

rpotts2 (author)SparkySolar2014-11-09

Tron is a movie from the early 80s. There was a sequel a couple years ago.

kludge77 (author)rpotts22014-11-09

The new one was cool, but it didn't speak to me the same as the original.

rpotts2 (author)kludge772014-11-09

Agreed. Still, it was decent in its own right. I'd heard that there was to be a third but it got shelved. Too bad, it could have made a good series ending from the teaser bits I saw.

Equally as disappointed at Akira ' s demise...

SparkySolar (author)rpotts22014-11-09

Thank you very much

EoinM17 (author)2014-11-14

This is so cool but if you added a clock mechanism it would look like a sophisticated clock during the day while turning into a data disk at night :) awesome instructable, I love your channel and ideas

eeVee (author)2014-11-09

As Tron is one of my fav. movies, this is very very cool. Awesome job!

mdhteach (author)2014-11-08

can you tell the source of the "magic" powder??

SparkySolar (author)mdhteach2014-11-09

I got mine from


kludge77 (author)SparkySolar2014-11-09

Amazon has EVERYTHING! :)

kludge77 (author)mdhteach2014-11-09

I bought mine on Ebay. 30grams for $10.

Wired_Mist (author)2014-11-08

I thought that was EL-wire, Nice effect !

kludge77 (author)Wired_Mist2014-11-09


MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-11-08

Ooo that's an awesome effect, and it seems like you whipped it up so fast!

Thanks! It was super easy!

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