Hello, folks! I’m Luz, the newest addition to the Glowforge team. I’m an interactive designer and am pleased to meet you all. Looking forward to making beautiful software for your amazing projects!
Tonight, I had my inaugural Glowforge session. When I start a new job, I always make one of these fantastic DIY Laptop Stands, designed by my friend, Tomas. It’s kind of like getting a library card when you move to a new city—doesn’t quite feel like home until I’ve got one. That and being particularly clumsy, I wanted to safeguard my laptop from wayward coffee cups.
Typically, I hand-cut these out of cardboard, but have always fancied having one made out of acrylic. While the cardboard version is pretty sturdy, it was recommended that I give it a try in acrylic. I adore the look of etched acrylic, so I started looking around for a pattern. I found this one and added to the side pieces in Illustrator after vectorizing the lines.
One thing I didn’t account for was the nature of the crossbeams behaving differently in acrylic, so when I went to put them together, my slots didn’t line up at all. Fortunately, under much trial and error, I had managed to make my slots pretty tight, so I just laid the pieces across instead of diagonally, which ended up working out just fine.
Future adjustments under consideration:
- Make the crossbeams wider to accommodate my larger laptop.
- Figure out a way to attach LED lights to the bottom to light up the engraving.
- Fill the lines with acrylic paint
- Any other suggestions?