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Fan of star trek? always wanted to own a prop from the show? well, nows your chance, I recently purchased seasons 3 and 4 of voyager, and have slowly been working my way through them. When i noticed what would make for a great remake, one of the P.A.D.D devices that they use.

I did some googling, and found the easiest way was to use three layers of material (plastic or card) simple cut out, sprayed, and stuck together.

I set out planning to trace some screen shots/web images, to make a template, however, along the way i stumbled accross, Matt Munson who had a wide range of templates free for personal use.

Update - Matt Munson commented on this Instructable with the news that he had been prompted to add the files to his site again.

You can access all the templates here - www.mattmunson.com/props/

Thank you Matt, for allowing access again, so everyone can make what is one of the best props out there.

I am not providing the templates here, as he explains that he had previous problems with people using the templates for professional gain.

So, here is how i did it.

You need,
  • Some world famous, gmjboard (super dense thick strawboard/cardboard)
  • Some thin plastic transparencies
  • a household inkjet printer
  • a good scalpel and stanley knife
  • Some double sided tape
  • a sharpie
  • some silver spray paint

Step 1: Get cutting.

Picture of Get cutting.
Firstly we need to gather are materials,

Print out some of the templates, or design your own if your feeling creative, Its very easy to draw a simple design.

Stick the paper templates down to your selected board, My suggestions are to use either card, or plastiboard/styrene, both these can be cut using the stanley knife. Though the card is a much easier material to work with, it does give a slightly more rough finish.

Take your time with the cutting, many strokes, and less pressure is the way to go.

The corners are most difficult, but i found if i used the scalpel, and slowly nipped away around the corner it gave a cleaner better cut.
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MattMunson4 years ago
Hey gang. Great to see some folks looking to build up PADDs! These have always been one of my favorite props.

Someone pointed me to this discussion, and I have re-posted all of my templates for ALL of the padds I ever drew, and also put up a bunch of graphics that I made over the years.

As always, my only request is that these are used for personal use, not financial gain.

you can find everything you need here:

I forget what the various thicknesses are for the different padds. If I figure that out, or can find my notes somewhere, I will post that too.

Thanks again for all of the interest in my templates. I hope you make great use of them!!!
gmjhowe (author)  MattMunson4 years ago
Hello, Thank you very for choosing to come over here and comment on my Instructable.

I had read and seen the trouble you originally had with people stealing your designs and selling them, which is why I specifically chose not to report the files here. Instead telling people to go to your site.

Its great that you have decided to re-host the templates.

Thanks again,

the link doesn't work
SuperScourge6 months ago
It seems that link is no longer on the site and I'll need this for my DS9 cosplay soon

the link that you posted is not working and i really want to make this for my dads birthday! he loves star trek!!!!

EmeraldOre1 year ago


LyricsGirl2 years ago
Thanks for this1 I may be able to try this myself. I look forward to seeing more from you!
DJ Radio6 years ago
a lot of famous star trek gadgets have been made in reality- and better (for example, the communicator is a cell phone in real life.) the only exception is the teleportation beam
The cell phone shall never triumph over the communicator! *pulls on klingon suit* Today is a good day to die!!
funny joke
anyway, 5*
gmjhowe (author)  DJ Radio6 years ago
Thanks Radio,

thats the kind of nice comment i was on about! keep it up.
ur welcome
You could... get a tablet (touch screen) an make a cardboard frame...
I am going to try making one with a form of Tablete computer inside! Will try to get picture.
Nykus795 years ago
Awesome!! I'll try build that one when i get material all I needs. By the way. those link in step 1 Matt (whatever last name) site is down or non-exist
Try here: http://www.mattmunson.com/props/padds/

:D Have fun!!!!!!!
Chirpoff4 years ago
I can't find the main picture you used with the UFOP on it. Could you point me in its direction? I've been to Matt's site (thank you, Matt!), and found everything but that. Thanks!
Oh, I just found it! Sweetness! Thanks again! :D
You know what? This gives me an idea. iPad 2 case. Working (if different software) padd.
Where can I buy gmjboard? or will normal cardboard work?
floryzzz5 years ago
Of make a case for the iPad out of it. I doesn't have a iPad myself so i cant make one. If you make one please PB me a picture :)
gmjhowe (author)  floryzzz5 years ago
Hey, its a plan in the works for sure!
you sir are a genius. i did this ages ago when i was 8 in white and orange so as to resemble the next generation ones using instructions from my dads old star trek annuals and the next generation tech manual.
the only flaw is the vital templates are not given and they dont seem to exist anymore
legopi36 years ago
is there a way you could post the template for the padd shape?
gmjhowe (author)  legopi36 years ago
if you follow the links in the instructable you can find them on the authors website.
i think mr munson has removed them
legopi3 legopi36 years ago
never mind, i must have missed the warning and link.
Lyokoking995 years ago
It would also be great for use as a "functional" prop. Make the screen Green, then Chroma Key and rotascope your animated/interactive interface.
 HE'S right it dosen't
florio085 years ago
Hello all, i wanted to know if anyone knew where to get the template for the PADD.

gmprops5 years ago
Great job on that large Voyager PADD. I have done several PADDs myself using a combination of acrylic and styrene plastic sheets. I have also successfully integrated about 20 working LEDs, 10 different sounds, and a softswitch to turn the PADD on. I got the original templates from Matt Munson. I have also done several tricorders with lights and sound.

Nykus79 gmprops5 years ago
u made that too? put up on site i wanna see how u do that
gmjhowe (author)  gmprops5 years ago
 I encourage you to make a full instructable and post it! Be sure to link me if you do.
lucek5 years ago
I'll admit I'm a little disappointing with this. I thought this was a case mod for a pda. well still cool.
gmjhowe (author)  lucek5 years ago
 I'll admit, this was kinda a prototype for another version I was going to make. The idea behind the second version was to make it fit atop my iPod touch.
caitlinsdad6 years ago
Cool, you need to embed an LED to make it glow and make the surface a touchswitch so it will chirp when pressed. I'm more of a tri-corder man myself...
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