Round Mechanical Iris Box

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#1

Here is a round box that I made. It has a mechanical iris on the top, so you can open just the middle part if you want.

I wanted to make something that was not “square”. It has 64 sides, and each side is 2 layers. It was really difficult to put together. I had to cut extra pieces to hold things in place while I glued them.


You can see more of my stuff at: http://polarbrainfreezethecut.blogspot.ca/


Design Challenge
Iris Lid
Iris windows
#2

Really fabulous stuff, dude. Also nice to see another Ontarian! (sorry, I snuck around your blog).


#3

You don’t have to apologize for sneaking around my blog, that’s what it’s there for.

Are you located close to Ottawa?


#4

This is the type of thing that really gets me excited. Unreal. What a beautiful piece. I can’t wait till I get off work to rifle through your blog.


#5

Gorgeous! I’ve seen similar pieces online, but this is probably the most ornate one. This is the sort of thing I hope artists will contribute to the catalogue once it’s up and running.


#6

wow, that is beautiful!


#7

Once I figure out how the catalog works, I’m hoping to contribute designs like these.


#8

No sir! Though I tend to get up around there a couple of times a year; I’m down in London.


#9

I love all your geek/gamer designs. I’d be a happy customer of yours!


#10

I was lurking your most excellent blog the other day.
I have a couple of friends who have basically demanded i make some Warhammer40k stuff for them.

Would you mind making a blog entry detailing your work flow?
How you go from Sketchup through to Inkscape and then to the CNC?


#11

This is incredible work. Posting in the office inspiration channel…


#12

I’ve been asked that a few times in the past couple of months. I’ll see if I can find some time this weekend to put something together (perhaps an instructional video or two).


#13

Cheers from Ottawa! Nice work I see on that blog!


#14

Fantastic stuff and great blog! I am really looking forward to see more this kind of stuff when people start having their own Glowforges. Please, keep posting! I will stay tuned. :slight_smile:


#15

I finally found some time in the past week to create some tutorial videos on my process. They are a little crude, since this is my first try at making videos like these, but I think it may help someone who is new at it. I use SketchUp and Inkscape to do my designs.

You can find them on my youtube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCEJrhpYDtKPmAwbRVNnKcA.

Currently I’m not using the GF as a cutter, since I don’t have one. Once I have my GF, I will update the videos to show how to use the GF instead.


#16

subscribed. for sure. thanks


#17

@polarbrainfreeze I really like the design of your hinges on the box in your most recent video.


#18

@polarbrainfreeze This is seriously awesome, Ben. Thanks so much for making these.


#19

Wow! Just read through your blog @polarbrainfreeze which has got me super excited to start lasering. The iris box is really beautiful.


#20

These are fantastic, Ben! I subscribed, and will be rewatching the SketchUp and Inkscape ones repeatedly to learn the tricks you demonstrated! I also need to figure out how to get a separate trial version of SketchUp available to do the export with; the pro version price is definitely tough to swallow, even without factoring in the recent Glowforge purchase (and the exchange - I too am in Canada)!