So a while back a friend of mine decided he was going to celebrate his 10000th day alive with a crazy golf party, he approached a couple of us at the London Hackspace and simply said:
"Who wants to build a course?"
Being a generally creative lunatic I said yes, then sat down and had exactly zero ideas for what to do. A few days later I was in the pub with some friends who jokingly suggested that Portal would make for a pretty awesome course... my mind started running like crazy, could this be done? How could I get all of the important portal themes in and still make it fun? Have I had too much to drink?
So I got back from the pub and sat down with Google Sketchup to start banging out ideas, eventually I set upon 3 holes:
1. An actual working portal
2. A set of turrets to shoot balls
3. The Aperture Science Emergency Intelligence Incinerator
So then I set about lasercutting a low temperature superconducting ring set inside a 3d printed supercooled space-bending device to make the portal work....
..and promptly woke up at my laptop a few hours later dribbling in the keyboard.
"This is going to be tough" I thought.
I'll start with each hole as I tackled them
Aperture Science Emergency Intelligence Incinerator
For me the key part of this was making it look, sound and behave like the one in the game. The critical part was getting an iris diaphragm door to work, theres something very cool about these doors!
There are a few designs on thingiverse for them but tbh theyre all a bit rubbish and where's the challenge in using someone else's designs?
I started out watching a lot of videos of these doors on youtube, they all seemed pretty easy to figure out so I started doodling in sketchup. It turns out they really are quite easy to design, its all about selecting a pivot-point for the petals, literally everything else revolves (HURRHURR) around them.
So I cut the first version of that out using the LHS laser cutter:
We'll be taking this to the Derby Makerfaire
in June, come visit!