When I was in the “Design Phase” of this project, I wanted to do my best to make it to scale. I knew that one Minecraft block was around one meter and that the metric system is relatively easy to put to scale. Nevertheless, I used inches. I also knew that one Minecraft block is 16 pixels wide, tall, and thick (is a square after all). I decided 4 inches would be a good enough size, mostly because it can easily be divided into 16.
I started looking around my house for supplies. First, I looked for some see-through plastic for the outer shell. I thought I had a sheet of Plexiglas but I could not find it, so I figured I would use the clear plastic fronts of CD cases. I began searching for five of them so I could make all four sides and the top, and while I was searching, I found the plastic case that my GoPro Hero2 came in. I saw it and thought “Perfect! Now I don’t have to do as much work!” Now, I suppose you could use five squared of clear plastic but I don’t want to, so I won’t.
To complete this project you will need few supplies:
GoPro Case (the clear plastic cube and black plastic square that a GoPro comes in) Small LED light (white or blue or both) can be a bike light, a small flashlight, or you could put together your own light arrangement.
Cardboard cutout diagram (link bellow)
Black Construction Paper
"Beam" Papercraft printout (link bellow)
One sheet of standard printer paper
You will also need some tools:
Let us get started!
Remember, these steps aren’t RULES they are GUIDELINES.
Note: Powering Beacon will not require building a pyramid of Diamond, just so we are clear.
Step 1: Cutting the Cardboard
They have the hole in the middle so they can fit on the GoPro base, if you are not useing a GoPro base then you dont have to follow the template, you can juse cutout 3 to 4 3"x3" squares.
Since you already have your printer ready, you might as well printout the Papercraft template and Tape/Glue it together.
Note: Each Square of the Papercraft should be 2.5 inches.
Step 2: Assemble "Base"
Finally, attach cardboard to base using glue, glue dots, tape, etc.
At this point, it should look like this...
Step 3: Attach Light and "Beam"
Once that is done, you can place the Papercraft "beam" on top of the light.
You might not want to secure it, you will need to be able to access it to turn it on and off.
Step 4: Turn It on and Top It Off!
Turn on the light.
Put the cover on top. Again. you might not want to secure it because of the fact you will need to be able to remove it to access the light.
And you're done!!! Now you can enjoy your new LED Minecraft Beacon.