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Itsy Bitsy Electronics – Miniature Nexus 5, iPad, Phone 5, and Ti-83+

Posted on Jan 19, 2014 in Projects, Tech Shop, Tiny Dorms

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Another installation in the painfully slow progress for my Tiny Dorms project – tiny electronics! These proved harder to make than I’d planned, I blame the fact that technology has gotten far to small and thin in real life, which means you have to make them soooo tiny for miniature life. They were made by cutting the basic shapes on a laser cutter, engraving the back images with the laser cutter. I couldn’t get acrylic sheet thin enough, so I ended up cutting them with Delrin. The Delrin proved more prone to melting than acrylic and came scuffed and rolled up, so it was a bit frustrating to work with. The calculators are made with 1/16″ Delrin and the other pieces are all 1/32″ Delrin. I printed the screens on glossy sticker paper and carefully cut them out with an exacto knife. The close-up photography is a bit harsh on them, I swear they look better in real life :-)

Laser cutting, as usual, done at TechShop Pittsburgh!

Download the file to make your own (includes printables and the laser cutting templates):
PDF Template
Adobe Illustrator (.ai) Template

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Tiny Dorms: Fridge and Microwave

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 in Projects, Tech Shop, Tiny Dorms

My tiny college kids got themselves a tiny fridge and microwave. It’s made of Delrin, because I wasn’t able to get 1/16″ white acrylic. The Delrin was a novel experience for me – it’s virtually impossible to glue and the piece that I bought from McMaster was warped and scratched up, so construction wasn’t exactly… easy. But it came together in the end! It stands a little under 3 inches tall.

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The eggs, cream cheese, butter, Stouffer’s frozen dinner, and large milk carton came from Ann Vanture’s Paper Minis. The Chinese takeout and small milk carton are from Toni Ellison’s blog. The miniature light bulb is a screw base bulb from Cir-Kit Concepts.

I’ll post the cutting files and tutorial once I’ve formatted them better :-)

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Tiny Dorms: The Blank Slate

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 in Projects, Tech Shop, Tiny Dorms

Dorm rooms are a special thing. For most college kids, our dorm room is our first time living away from home, our first time in full control of our own space to decorate and personalize and cram our entire lives into. It’s the ultimate blank slate – everyone starts with something identical: homogenous desks and dressers , blank white walls, plain windows, and empty closets. Yet once we’re all moved in, dorm rooms are all infused with personality in a pretty unique way. So call it a case of pathetic nostalgia, but I want to do it again :-). This time in 1/12 scale.

So here’s the blank slate! It was virtually entirely made on the laser cutter at my local TechShop. Scroll over and click on the blue dots for information and tutorials:

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Tutorials:

Desk Tutorial
Chair Tutorial
Bed Tutorial
Dresser Tutorial
Mattress Pattern

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Movember 4th: Laser cut earrings

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 in Movember, Projects, Tech Shop

I tried to get a picture of these on me, but it’s really hard to take pictures of your own ears.

mustache earrings

Movember is about raising funds and awareness for mens health issues. Learn more and donate here.

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Movember 3rd: Laser Cut Ring

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 in Movember, Projects, Tech Shop

 

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Another one laser cut out of acrylic from the Tech Shop scrap bin :-)

Movember is about raising funds and awareness for mens health issues. Learn more and donate here.

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Movember 2nd: Laser Cut Necklace

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 in Movember, Projects, Tech Shop

Mustache necklace

Made with acrylic from the scrap bin at Tech Shop :)

Movember is about raising funds and awareness for mens health issues. Learn more and donate here.

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