Here is a file I made in Inkscape. I took the design I made for my small LED sign and made it just a little bigger. Depending on your LED strip, you can do 7 or 8 LEDs in the trough if you use an LED strip that allows for individual cuts along the strip. I used two layers for the trough because this particular USB cord and connector was a little thicker than an a layer of the MDF plywood I used.
This would be a great project to learn how to solder on. It only takes two very small spots to connect the wires to the 5v. LED strip. So you would only need the cheapest of soldering irons and a little solder to make it work. USB cables are easy to repurpose. Usually it’s generally the red 5+ positive and black - ground and then you trim off the other two. It’s easy enough to test which wire goes where by touch them to the + and - of the strip and seeing what lights up.
So the cool thing about this is that I understand enough of how the Glowforge processes designs that I was able to work on this away from the Glowforge. I brought it home, loaded it and printed it without any problems. The reveal will come when my gift exchange designee posts it. This person will get to post in the Made on a Glowforge category. I’ll post the documentation of the build when that happens.
I’d like to use this as a discussion regarding how to prepare *.svg files. That is what I have been using since I have only Inkscape and GIMP to design in.
I have made several layers, each with its own color, each with its own process and material. You can keep the same design in the UI workspace and then just swap materials for the two kinds.
Any questions? Any comments? Any suggestions or corrections?
GenericLEDSign.svg (48 KB)