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Edge lit Plexiglass Night Light

Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:23 pm
by dataway
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....

Base Side View
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Base Top View
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Sign complete
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Re: Edge lit Plexiglass night light

Posted: Fri Oct 10, 2014 8:24 pm
by dataway
......Here is the night light 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.

Re: Edge lit Plexiglass Night Light

Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 12:14 am
by dave_the_nerd
That is cool; I hope she likes it!

Re: Edge lit Plexiglass Night Light

Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 1:14 am
by philc
It looks awesome. Great job!

Re: Edge lit Plexiglass Night Light

Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 2:58 am
by ALuomala
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

Re: Edge lit Plexiglass Night Light

Posted: Sat Oct 11, 2014 3:57 pm
by dataway
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

Re: Edge lit Plexiglass Night Light

Posted: Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:30 pm
by izumi5188
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?