Tyvek Projector Screen





Introduction: Tyvek Projector Screen

Make a projection screen very quickly and very cheaply with TYVEK, a PVC pipe, rope, and plumbing pipe.

Step 1: Choose the Size of Screen You Wish to Make.

I started out thinking I'd do 16' x 9' then realized that was too large, so went with 9' x 7'. Remember you want a roughly 3:4 height to width ratio for most video formats.

unprinted tyvek might be better for rear projection.

Step 2: Obtain a Roll of TYVEK House Wrap to Your Size Requirements.

Home Depot has it, as do others. Roll out on a clean surface (or clean side up) and cut to your required dimensions.

Step 3: Choose a Pipe a Little Wider Than Your Screen

I used 10' length of plumbing glavanized steel.

Note the printed size is face down on dirty floor. Buttered side up !

Step 4: Tape the End of the TYVEK to the Steel Bar.

I cut a much longer piece of TYVEK, 16x9, and rolled the extra onto the bar. this is good for 2 reasons, a) if ever i need a white backdrop i have the extra length b) rolling the tyvek up gets rid of the invariable kinks that occur when taping. Large diameter PVC might be stiff enough to be straight, but not the 1-1/2" stuff i had which is why i went to steel.

Step 5: Weight the Hanging End.

At the other end (that will hang down) I used just plain PVC, 1/2
I have been using packing tape. Works a treat for this application though TYVEK tape might also be good (let me know)

Step 6: I Use Two Quick Clamps at Top to Determine Hanging Length.

Because I cut the roll way long (16x9) and am only using (9x7) i stop the rest rolling off by clamping at the top with quick clamps. Allows flexibility in projection size.

Step 7: Thread a Rope Through Top Pole, Hang, and Voila.

Your very own large projection screen. I had the printed TYVEK, so not good for rear projection, but excellent image quality for front projection.



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    Try reflective paint - Krylon makes a spray on version - for a few bucks you can crank up the performance.

    strangely enough, it seems every thrift store I have ever been to,  will have an old 1950's portable screen for slide projectors hanging around in the back of the store in a cubbyhole. They are built like tanks and usually reflection coated, and since they were rarely used, they are usually mint. Prices range from a few dollars to probably 20.  Even if you don't want the stand it is a great way to get the screen and coil mechanism.

    does anybody have any ideas on how to make a store bought projection screen swing out to caddy corner when in use and stay flush against the wall when not? I am racking my brain here and cant come up with anything thanks

    if you have room, 3 hooks.

    Hook A across the corner on wall 1, B mid room wall 2, C other end of room 2 AB for watching, then unhook one end and BC for storage, plant hooks in the ceiling should work well. Would have to be changed manually, but not too hard.

    do you mean that the screen would store flush against one wall, and then span a corner when in use? you could try mounting slides to each end of the screen, and attaching tracks to each wall, then us a linear actuator to push/pull the screen into position. that's my best guess, would take a bit of tinkering. it would probably be easier to hang a retractable screen in the desired poistion.

    Hey, in the last picture the hand drawn picture in the corner, is it a howtoon? It kinda looks like one...

    Great Instructable, I like how you made the screen adjustable in height.
    I tried something similar before, except that I only duct taped the Tyvek to the basement wall: less effective.

    Theres a tyvek based paper banner material i used anyone who knows someone in printing should be able to find this stuff very cheap