Edge lit Plexiglass Night Light

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dataway
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Edge lit Plexiglass Night Light

Post by dataway » Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:23 pm

This is my first go at creating a Edge Lit Plexiglass sign for a friends daughter celebrating her 4th birthday.

I milled the plexi using a 60deg v-bit for the graphic of hello kitty I then used a diamond tipped spring loaded engraving bit to etch her name into the heart. I then milled the base as a 3D milling job first cutting the top slot then doing a profile milling operation to mill out the base half way through the wood as I did not have a bit to mill all the way through. I then flipped the board and milled out the bottom to fit the electronic and widened the slot for the plexi at the bottom to hole the LED lights. I then did a second profile operation to cut the rest of the way through the wood to finish the base. I then milled a piece of aluminum to act as the bottom cover put it all together and this is the final result....

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Base Top View
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Sign complete
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Last edited by dataway on Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:25 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Shapeoko 2, Dewalt DW660 1/4" shaft/ 1/8" shaft, 3D printed Dust Shoe,Dual Y Axis.

dataway
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Re: Edge lit Plexiglass night light

Post by dataway » Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:24 pm

......Here is the night light lit up

Night light turned on
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lit up
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Note in this image the small ring on top where the plexi enters was not there, I added the upper ring to the base to further hide the led lights below.
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dave_the_nerd
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Re: Edge lit Plexiglass Night Light

Post by dave_the_nerd » Sat Oct 11, 2014 12:14 am

That is cool; I hope she likes it!
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philc
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Re: Edge lit Plexiglass Night Light

Post by philc » Sat Oct 11, 2014 1:14 am

It looks awesome. Great job!
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ALuomala
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Re: Edge lit Plexiglass Night Light

Post by ALuomala » Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:58 am

Where did you get the spring loaded engraving bit, or is it something you custom made? I want to start working on similar projects, so I want to be ahead of the curve when I start.

Thanks,

Allan
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dataway
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Re: Edge lit Plexiglass Night Light

Post by dataway » Sat Oct 11, 2014 3:57 pm

Thanks for the positive comments ...

@Allan - I got the bit off of ebay you can see it here, make sure you get a spring loaded one....

http://www.ebay.com/itm/151402216873?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT
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izumi5188
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Re: Edge lit Plexiglass Night Light

Post by izumi5188 » Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:30 pm

I see this is an older post. But you've had luck. I'm trying to mill plexiglass as well. What are your feeds and speeds, if you don't mind sharing?
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