Due 3.20 in class – 8 points
Using the laser cutter, hand tools, and a simple LED circuit or lightbulb circuit, create a light, light sculpture, or installation. If you want to venture out into less supported territory, you could also make a light sculpture using 3D printing techniques.
First, decide whether you’d like to make a piece that plugs into the wall (120V) or uses battery powered LEDs. Next, design your enclosure / light diffusion system. You could create an iterative design using the laser cutter and paper or cardboard, cut a design into wood or acrylic, or print a small enclosure on one of the 3D printers. The electronics for this project should be fairly straight-forward and the focus will be primarily on designing the look of your light piece.
- Project completed on time at the beginning of class on 3.20. (3 points)
- Project demonstrates a basic understanding of digital fabrication processes and uses laser cutting or 3d printing in a creative way (3 points)
- Project pushes beyond basic explorations of light, to produce a light sculpture or installation that is visually or critically extraordinary. (2 points)
Some helpful links / materials
Lamp Cord + Socket
- Colorcord | very nice lamp cords with switches (pretty expensive unfortunately)
- Amazon | ugh, avoid amazon if at all possible, but you can see the assortment of cords available in the world, some with switches
Batteries + LEDs
- Cheap and easy! you can use watch batteries (2032) and LEDs
- 9V batteries will work to power multiple LEDs with a few resistors in the circuit.
For Materials and Supplies, check out our resources page!
Light-based Circuit Resources
- How to replace a lamp socket
- The simplest LED Circuit!
- A few more simple LED circuits
- Flashing LED circuit using a 555 timer IC
- How to Fade an LED – Arduino Tutorial
Fabrication Tutorials / Resources
Artists working with digital fabrication