Intro: 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.