I laser cut this today at work. It’s an enclosure for my Raspberry Pi ($35 ARM linux computer). The overall design was created by Adafruit Industries and you can find it on their website for $14.95. Adafruit is awesome, so they also released the design files under creative commons and posted them on thingiverse. Thing is, they designed it for 1/8” acrylic and I only had 1/10” (actually closer to 0.085”). Thankfully CaseyB on thingiverse already made a derivative for thinner acrylic which saved me quite a bit of time. The logo wasn’t working for me, so I did have to re-create that. Overall the file modification, cutting, and assembly took less than 1 hour. I purchased a piece of 12” x 24” x 1/10” acrylic from usplastics.com for $6.64, and that is enough material to make 4-5 (maaaybe 6) enclosures. The pibow enclosure is probably a bit more attractive than this, but you can’t really beat $1.50 and and one hour of time.
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