Laser cutting part of a 50:1 model of the James Webb Space Telescope #Space @Pololu

Retired aerospace engineer Robert Maier shared with Pololu an awesome 50:1 scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) he made with his brother Mark and a little help from the Pololu custom laser cutting service.

We cut the JWST’s main mirrors for him out of 1.5 mm gold mirrored styrene sheets from Midwest Products, and the hexagon patterns were laser etched onto the surface. He also had us laser cut various silicone bands to hold the moving pieces of the structure as the model folds/unfolds.

Mark uses the model in the Astronomy 101 classes he teaches at San Jacinto College in Southern California. He recently wrote an article about the model, which is published in the April 2023 issue of Sky and Telescope magazine (it’s on page six). Additional photos of the model are included below, and even if you’re not a subscriber to the magazine, you can preview the article online.

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