How to Make Anything (Using Acrylic and Machine Screws)

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Well maybe not anything, but what follows is an Instructable about how we at build everything we produce.

It is a technique we call Interlocking T-Bolt Construction. It consists of a T-cutout in one piece of acrylic (or any 3 mm stock) and a receptacle in another piece. These pieces can then be bolted together making a very secure 90 degree joint. A deceptively simple technique that has unlimited possibilities.

All that is required is an idea, some drawing software, and access to a laser cutter.

Lets get started.

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a note on metric units
it should be noted that throughout we refer to 3mm thick acrylic. This is often sold as 1/8" acrylic and is not a big issue as the difference is less than 0.007".
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Step 1: Software

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Before we start a simple drawing programme is required. Something like Corel Draw, or Adobe Illustrator will work. But we recommend an open source equivalent, Inkscape.

To Get Inkscape:
  • Goto and download the appropriate version for your operating system.
  • Install it.
  • If you are new to Inkscape perhaps going through a tutorial or two before hand may also be helpful, but not required.
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brianpcox6 months ago

Thanks for this great information. I know this is from a few years ago, but are the templates still available somewhere? When I try to download the .sgv file, it just takes me to a .tmp page.

gendor brianpcox5 months ago

If you right-click and "Save Link As..", just make sure you save it as .svg instead of .tmp. I just tried it and it opens in Inkscape without problems.

___6 years ago
how about gimp, sketchup or blender?
stasterisk ___6 years ago
inkscape works
How about Ubuntu??? There you get Gimp AND inkscape (gimp rules!!!) AND it's FREEer than windows, cos windows sucks ubuntu's emm, orangness!
Yes. i am running ubuntu. DEATH TO WINDOWS. although i cant get the sound in audacity to work.... D:
Oh well. still worth using linux. and its Windoze btw :P
you mean winblows?
windoze winblows CrapOS what other ones are there?
nice one. anything else? actually, can anyone think of any good linux sayings?
Linus has great ones, "Software is like sex, it is better when it's free."

Followed closely by his other famous quote, "Only wimps use tape backup: real men just upload their important stuff on ftp, and let the rest of the world mirror it ."

I rather like this one myself, "Really, I'm not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely unintentional side effect. "

This one is good too, "A computer is like air conditioning: it becomes useless when you open Windows."
windows is not the answer, its the question, the answer is usually NO or Linux.
i like that...i really do...
so do I, its one that stuck in my mind from:
there are a number of good ones in there.
theres the picture w/ tux holding a fly swatter and the msn symbol :P
good idea tux :) shame we all use msn though isnt it. :P
yep, but I use pidgen, which is better than the normal Microsucks msn client. One advantage is the annoying pop up about my emails that I never read does not pop up on pidgen, Linux RULES!!!
same here. and the multiple desktop thing is awesome too. on another note, i was trying to help a mate at school today with his veeeesta craptop and the slowness and shoddyness actually made me really angry lol. also, if you like text based msn, try centerim (sudo apt-get install centerim) do you use yakuake? the badboy bit, my older brother made it, when i was like 9!!! my EX gf has a nice Acer, except for the OS, so I put Ubunut 8.04 on as a dual boot, about 1 week later "apparently" it does not ask which OS to boot up as, personally I think she has ****ed it. that or Vistasucks did it for her!!!
i dont :? i use aim
oook then. well, good i've been proved wrong :)
Some people have told me they don't think a fat penguin really embodies the grace of Linux, which just tells me they have never seen a angry penguin charging at them in excess of 100mph. They'd be a lot more careful about what they say if they had. -- Linus Torvalds
yeah lol. i read the ones from that link before and they are really quite funny!
def...they aren't all linux tho...
yeah, but there is definitely an anti-windoze vibe to it
cheers man. if anyone wants my msn, its
LOL to all of those, I personally (because I thought of it myself) prefer Microsucks.
fwjs28 jotism6 years ago
thats a good one Lol...
fwjs28 fwjs286 years ago
graarrr. big and scary... gra_____ BSOD BSOD BSOD. boom. rocket artillery successful commander...
Ctrl+alt+del hog-os
lol nice
ctrl+alt+backspace is way better, everyone know that :P
jotism fwjs286 years ago
You could have told me that it logges me off BEFORE I tried it !!!!!!!!!!
Kaiouss jotism5 years ago
next try this terminal command: "sudo umount /dev/sda1" I can guarantee it will improve your standing in the world of schadenfreude (note: since there's a be nice comment policy, I should tell you not to type that, so take that how you may)
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