Introduction: Inexpensive DIY LED Lightbox for Tracing
As an Industrial design student, I often trace my rough sketches refine them into nice looking presentation drawings. I''s something I will use a lot.
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Step 1: Materials/Tools/Equipment
Here are the materials, tools and equipment I used to make this project, there are plenty of other ways to do it so I''s translucent white, which helps to diffuse the light.
Slide the acrylic into place. No hardware is needed here, it fits tightly between the edges of the metal box.
Step 9: Plug It in and Enjoy
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3 years ago
Don’t get me wrong, it is a beautiful lightbox and you did a
great job. But for the rest of us, we need something that utilizes something I
call “Funk Technology” a lightbox that can be build from items available at a
local hardware store for under $100.
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You can also just turn off your desk light, take your computer, search up white (or use this link : http://www.whitetablegallery.org/src/share/default.jpg ) and put it on fullscreen and full brightness and VOILA
4 years ago
How do you access all those tools without about $200000? I''ve got me already thinking of a cool workaround. I''m suggesting the use of an acrylic frame which can be bought @art supply stores or even a thriftstore or yardsale. It''m sure there are tons of ready made boxes and frames that could be hacked for this project.
I''ll create an instructable. and I want to do the 1 last update 2020/06/04 it as cheaply as possible without compromising too much durability. I''ll create an instructable. and I want to do it as cheaply as possible without compromising too much durability.
.. it''s of Thousands of dollars of equipment ..
yeah good point, why are we all expected to have our own metal working workshop...
Nice project. I was considering using it for a light table for photographing transparent products like glass decorations, wine glasses, etc. It provides the interior illumination of the glass object to show off color and details. The issue I find is that in your project there is a dark region in the middle. I wonder is there a way to make the lighting even throughout the surface without showing any "" or dark edges.
Why not leave the control box outside the light box, so you can change the colour of the box?
Not much use for design, but as a photographer, It''t have the sheet metal resources like you-- I used pre-cut wood, MDF and acrylic from the hardware store and it worked out surprisingly well. Here's a link to my version: http://annibye.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/diylightbox/
Can anyone make one for me please? Happy to pay the going rate. Please email me [email protected]
Could you use wood for the frame instead of sheet metal?
Why does the acrylic really need to be frosted (if using the pre-fab acrylic frame method)? Also, are the LED lights bright enough to see details when tracing onto a thick paper (such as arches, reives BFK or watercolor paper)?