Intro: Retro Lightbox (Customizable)
This is a customizable thing, where you can print your own retro lightbox. These boxes normally costs >20 bucks, a printed one costs me about 5 dollar.
I've also added the two lightboxes as .stl files each with two different fonts that I'm using in the first picture.
The lid as well as the letter plates are chamfered. So you are able to slide the letter plates into the rails of the lid. After that you can slide the lid into the rails of the box. This ensures that these parts don't fall out.
Step 1: Needed Parts and Tools
- 3d printer
- hot glue gun
- OpenSCAD or Customizer to customize the lightbox and generate the .stl file
- Slicer of your choice
- printed box, lid and the letter plates you want to use
I've bought and tested following lights from Banggood:
For a small lightbox:
- 10 LED with 2 AA-cell case (thats in my little lightbox): https://goo.gl/Hhj7Jh
For a medium lightbox:
- 1m LED strip with a switch and USB connector (thats in my big lightbox): https://goo.gl/FazfhM and I use it with a USB power bank: https://goo.gl/jeEBAv
- 20 LED "snowman". It has a 3 AA-cell case: https://goo.gl/8AEiPD
For a big lightbox:
- 2m LED strip USB powered: https://goo.gl/MWZb9k
Step 2: Insert the LED Light
Use some hot glue to place the led bulbs to the bottom and also fix the cable that way, otherwise the light isn't that homogeneously as you wish.
Step 3: Check the Lighting
If you are using a LED strip instead, you can glue it along the inner side of the box.
After gluing the LED, slide the lid on the lightbox to check the overall lightning.
Step 4: Slide the Letter Plates In.
Remove the lid from the box and insert the letter plates. Slide the lid back on the lightbox.
Step 5: Thats It!
This Lightbox is enrolled in "First Time Author Contest" and if you like this instructable, feel free to vote for it.
Step 6: How to Support Me?
Third Prize in the
Box Contest 2017