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Laser Cut Edge Lit Halloween Display - I made it at TechShop!

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Recently I've been experimenting with the equipment at the Allen Park/Detroit TechShop.  If you are unaware of TechShop, please go out and get to know them at  techshop.com.

After the introduction course for laser cutting, I thought I'd throw together a quick project to hone my basic skills. This project involves finding and editing a piece of clip art into a laser cut acrylic stand up, then edge lighting it with LEDs.
 
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Step 1: Find your artwork

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I began by simply Googling "Halloween vector art."  After many suitable choices, I decided to use this as my art, with some minor alterations:

Step 2: Removing the unwanted bits

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Next, based on how I'd like the final project to work, I need to make some alterations to the art. First as a cut out, I'm not looking for all the sky bits - I'm looking for a silhouette that basically includes the fences, pumpkins, crosses and ground. Everything else needs to be removed.

Open your artwork in your favorite vector based art program and begin click+deleting the bits you don't need. While the text is interesting, I’d rather it read something different, so let’s delete that as well and bring the artwork down to a simple collection of objects.
Renard_Bleu10 months ago
Very cool. It looks like it has depth! I thought you had stacked a few layers.

Nice job.
dr04bps (author)  Renard_Bleu10 months ago
Yeah - etching on the back seems to make it both deeper looking and "whiter" looking. This is 3/8" acrylic, so it already has some depth to it, but the back etch certainly helps.