Laser Acrylic Shelving
|Laser Acrylic Shelving|
|Primary Contact||Michael Erskine|
Simple slot together shelving for display of a Rubik's Cube type puzzle collection.
- replacing a simple shelving system made from regular crystal CD cases
- too brittle - "the world's most brittle material"
- too fiddly - hard to make - needed reinforcement with superglue
- hard to clean - turned out to be a dust collection system
- my first real use of the new A0 laser cutter at the Hackspace
- using various offcuts from the bulk red 5mm acrylic available at the Hackspace
- picture rail profile cutout for hanging
- profile for the picture-rail on the prototype seems to work OK
- it looks rather gross - a sort of 70's cheap and nasty!
- I think it must be a combination of the red acrylic and my overuse of Bézier splines
- the next version will be a simpler and blockier design
- also I will be using clear acrylic to make the shelves themselves less obvious
- shelf is 440 x 140
- will be reduced to 120 depth and 300 between uprights
Next version: -
- need some quality material
- 4x uprights with 300mm shelf spans (to fit 1000mm acrylic sheet)
- 3x shelves at just shy of 1000mm long and 120mm shelf depth
- stick with 140mm shelf spacing?
- modernise design - actual angles? less curves?
- make it look like glass wherever possible
I ordered a sheet of 1000x600 5mm thick clear acrylic from Kitronic (£23.10) and modernised the design as planned. The cut went well although I had to run at a lower than normal speed for 5mm acrylic to cut though it: 10mm/s at 65% power. Done Weds 25th June 2014.
Idea: Making for other people
- who uses picture rails any more? My house was built in the 1930's!