Hello friends! I am interested in making a split flap display similar to what’s described here. There are lots of examples of both 3D printed and laser cut versions of this type of display.
For this project cost is a major factor. Most examples show 4 digit displays, probably because they’re using expensive materials for the flaps. The one I’ve linked above uses plexiglass, which seems extremely expensive for this purpose! I’ve seen PVC suggested as a cheaper/thinner material, but that’s not laser-able. We want to make a display with a hundred or more digits.
My questions for the forum: Has anyone here made a similar type of thing before? Any hot tips around doing it? Any suggestions for a cheap, thin material to use for the flaps? I’d lean towards maximally cheap and replaceable for this project. Cardboard is on my list to try out.