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With the power of lasers, you can turn pretty much anything into an organizational case.  It's ridiculous!  Ridiculously awesome.

Simply put, this is the process:

• Measure your case
• Design inserts
• Laser cut inserts
• Insert & enjoy ultimate organization!



LET'S DO DIS!

Here's what you'll need...

 
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Step 1: Tools & Materials

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Materials
Acrylic
Little box or tin

Tools
Caliper or Ruler
Laser Cutter

Step 2: Measure Your Container

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Using a ruler or calipers, measure the length, height, and width of your container/case.  If it's not exact, no prob - you can always tweak your inserts later...

Step 3: Design your Files

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Using Adobe Illustrator, create the file.  I want my container to be divided into 6 compartments, so I'm creating 2 vertical dividers, & 1 longer horizontal divider.  

Create tabs in the middle of the divider that are as thick as your material.  This is where they will snap into each other. Wheee!

Step 4: Laser Magic

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Send the laser your magical files, & let the laser cutter do your bidding.  (rubbing hands together + maniacal laughter is totally optional).

I made this at TechShop, where genius reigns. (not chaos, that's Lars Von Trier's thing)

Step 5: Peel off any protective sheeting

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If it's got it, peel off the protective layers from your acrylic.  Lookie lookie!  Ooo ahhh, so laser, so wow!

Step 6: Insert Horizontal Divider

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Insert the horizontal divider, like the image.  I like to put this one in first...it makes it easier than trying to wrassle two pieces at once...

You can also see if the dividers fit to your liking, & play with your files to try to get a more snug or more loose fit.

Step 7: Insert other dividers...& admire!

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Oooh, la la!  Que bella! Now you have your own DIY organizational case.  Put whatever you want inside! Here are some ideas:

  • Vitamins (for the health-conscious)
  • Pet rocks (for the lonely)
  • Lilliputian bones (if you are Gulliver, or a goth)
  • Sour Patch kids, organized by color (for the OCD)
Voila!  Enjoy!  TTYL!

^__________^

-M-

that is pimpin awesome
mdln (author)  sickdevotee631 year ago
Thanks! Every pimp needs one...step up your organizational GAME, dawgs!
WyldStyl31 year ago
I like the instructable, but your comments, replies, and instructions/descriptions are the best part of this. This has been very entertaining! Thanks!
mdln (author)  WyldStyl31 year ago
Thank youuuuuuuuu so muuuuuuuch, WyldStyl3! What a sweet compliment. This is actually my first time writing something for "the public"...it's very new for me & quite a trip to think there are so many people all over the world reading & communicating...v. mind-boggling to contribute a small, eensy-weensy drop into the digital ocean... :-D
djaco1 year ago
That looks familiar: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:69467

mdln (author)  djaco1 year ago
Awesome! Great minds thinks alike! ;-)
xaenon1 year ago
Coroplast (corrugated plastic) would make a suitable alternative for the dividers - it's durable, easily cut, and you can usually find it for cheap at sign shops (or you can carve up an sign made of the stuff). No laser required.
cj8675 xaenon1 year ago
I work at a sign shop we use alot of that stuff it's extremely cheap at only like 8 bucks for a 4x8 sheet of it
mdln (author)  cj86751 year ago
Woah, that's super cheap! Thanks for the tip!
mdln (author)  xaenon1 year ago
Good suggestion!
logan20seb1 year ago
mwahaha! up next: world domination! lol jk but great job :)
mdln (author)  logan20seb1 year ago
Mwaha-ha-ha-ha!!! I'm petting my white cat as we speak, planning my world takeove...er, I mean, my next Instructable... ;-D
Ooh I wish I had a laser cutter!!!! This would be great for beads & findings, a mini tackle box, travel jewelry container, and so much more!!!!! I have tons of these little containers
mdln (author)  sarahlynnmurphy1 year ago
I know, laser cutters are magical! If you live anywhere near:

Menlo Park, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Allen Park, MI
Austin, TX
Pittsburgh, PA

I can get you on a laser cutter, like, tomorrow! Message me with questions. ^___^
marcolinux1 year ago
idea: glue small magnets in one or some compartments. helps to hold screws, earrings, pins, etc
mdln (author)  marcolinux1 year ago
Awesome! Magnet box!
gcanders1 year ago
Great idea for my fishing tackle! All I need now is a laser. I guess I can just be a neanderthal and make the dividers out of wood.
mdln (author)  gcanders1 year ago
Haha, yes! I suppose you could. ^___^ Can you imagine a neanderthal seeing a laser at work? What would he think?!

You can use a laser cutter at TechShop, which is in these cities:

Menlo Park, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Allen Park, MI
Austin, TX
Pittsburgh, PA

If you're interested, send me a message & I can get you a free class. Peace!
gcanders mdln1 year ago
Thanks! But I live in Chicago. But your idea is a perfect one for a "pocket tackle box" that I can store in my glovebox.
mdln (author)  gcanders1 year ago
So glad to give some inspiration! Post a photo if you ever make one, I'd love to see!
M150up1 year ago
I'm so sorry I called you a guy. You are really funny though (: especially the pet rocks for the lonely thing.
mdln (author)  M150up1 year ago
Haha! We (me & my pet rock, named "Rocky") thank you!
Lexi_121 year ago
Weird
mdln (author)  Lexi_121 year ago
Thanks! Weirdness is next to godliness. ^__^
M150up1 year ago
You're a funny guy. And I would do this if I had a laser.
mdln (author)  M150up1 year ago
Thanks so much, M150up!  P.S. I'm a girl. ^___^

Aaaaaaaand, If I could laser cut you a laser, I totally would.