DIY- Homemade Projector

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Introduction: DIY- Homemade Projector

i will show you how to make a homemade projector using mostly things you can find around the house. (remember to read the whole thing before you start because i am adding new info at the end as i learn more, im a beginner 2)

Step 1: What You Will Need

you will need a large cardboard box, i used a cornflake box, you need a fresnel lens and a regular magnified glass i found the fresnel lens at a shop advertised as (credit card sized magnifier) for about 5 bucks and the magnified glass should be about 2inches across, you also need a bright light, the brighter the better but led is good because it needs to be cool or else you will cook the lcd i got the lcd from ebay for $28.00 and it allows you to plug anything into it. you will need a round cylender the same width as the magnified glass (i used pringles chip container) the last few things you will need are aluminum foil ,tape and scissors.
i bought that square looking led light of ebay for $20 but i cant use it yet because it needs a heat sink and fan, the other one runs cooler. 12v

Step 2: How to Begin

to begin get your box and cut the top off then about halfway down put a piece of cardboard with the fresnel lens in it and firmly tape it down (see pic) cut out another piece of card board the same width as the box and cut a hole in it for your light the cardboard around the hole should be covered in tin foil to reflect the most light. insert it in your box make sure it is in line with the fresnel lens and should be at least 3inches away from it. (update) i just learnt that if you want to make the picture about 3x brighter you need to put a cone + condenser lens/strong magnified glass on the light (see pic)

Step 3: Make Light Box

now you have your fresnel lens and light lined up you need to cover it to keep the light from escaping. to do this you need to cut out 3 pieces of card board and wrap them in tin foil place them around the light and fresnel lens it should be a tight seal with barely any light escaping except for through the fresnel lens.

Step 4: Attach Magnified Glass

to attach magnified glass, cut the cylinder in half (to about 3-4inches long) both ends should be open tape the magnified glass to one end. cut a hole in the box make sure it lines up with the light and fresnel lens insert it in (lens should be on the outside of the box) to make it more stable you can add another piece of cardboard to hold the cylinder.  you can now turn the light on and you should see a shape on the wall push the magnified glass in and out to focus (just put a slide in front of the fresnel lens and you have a slide projector!) if you see the individual leds projected onto the wall and not just a square white light you need to move your fresnel lens farther away from the led.

Step 5: Attach the Lcd

i got this lcd from ebay for 28bucks just type in 2.5 inch lcd reverse monitor or something like that it needs to have the composite input (red yellow white plugs) if it only has the yellow one thats fine. so once you get it unscrew it and be very careful because the lcd is easy to break , take the metal case off the lcd and all the plastic filters until you can see through the screen(it will still be bury to see through) then place it infront of the fresnel lens (it should be upside down and backwards) when your picture is the right way on the wall, tape the screen on and you are done! now just put a lid on the box and stick the cables out the side of it

Step 6: Now You Are Finnished.

you are finnished now
(update) i found a heat sink and installed my 20w led its not that much brighter but i think i can fix that by adjusting the condenser lens on the led and putting a cone shaped thing around it to direct the light here is a picture of the new led. see a video of it in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnRgI-apRtc
(i have drawn up some plans for a future projector project)


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    thanks

    i want to try it. but i want something different type of LED bulb ussing for this..

    thanks

    Where did you get the screen

    how do you connect the lcd to a computer?
    I have bought a 2.5 inch lcd, a VGA to RCA converter box but the resolutions aren't compatible (2.5 inch lcd from ebay have resolutions of about 320*240 and VGA to RCA converter from ebay begins at resolution 800 * 600)

    hey is it necessary to use fresenel lens
    can i use anything else
    plzzzz help

    how much distance can it cover from wall
    plz answer

    is this lcd connect to computer plz tell me............!!!!

    If i can not use the condensor lense this create a problem or not..............

    Hey, haha I know like many people have asked how you power the LED and stuff but I dont really get it :/ Like Im pretty clueless how a LED driver and all actually works haha, and how do you actually plug in a old portable dvd player charger to the LED (or whatever you actually do??) Im thinking of just plugging it into a normal wall plug???

    So, PLEASEEE enlighten me hahaha thanks a lot a lot this is damn cool and I'm already halfway buying all the materials! just dont get the LED part!! Thanks!! :)

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    is there an available diagram and components used for this project???? this projector is very useful..

    how do you allow the light to penetrate? i wanan test it on a clock lcd

    What kind of projector is this? Could it project a movie/vid, or just a still image?

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    well you can either make an old fashioned slide machine or you can use an lcd screen like i did and all it does is makes the screen bigger so yes you can watch movies on it!

    could i connect this with my mobile phone to see movies from my cell.. ?

    its an lcd screen with composite cables (red white and yellow) so yea video, image and music!

    Could I get that type of LCD from an out of used digital camera?

    you need an LCD panel which will take the type of video signal you wish to use it with - so, if you want to project Television, your LCD panel will probably come from a miniature LCD TV which has a Scart socket on it, or if you want to project a computer screen, your LCD panel will have to come from a flat-screen computer monitor.

    Unfortunately, this does usually mean taking some expensive equipment apart - like a TV or computer monitor! - but the good news is that you could use equipment that isn't working properly. Look for a computer monitor with a broken backlight, because you don't need that part to use it for this build.

    no, it can be any lcd or see-through screen, but the smaller the better.

    is it available to use lcd out of an iphone3gs? because thats the smaller lcd that i got.