Laser Acrylic Shelving

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Laser Acrylic Shelving
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Primary Contact Michael Erskine
Created 09/06/2014
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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

Prototype 1

  • 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: -

Second Build

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!