Make the Panels

You can house your NeoMatrix Mk I circuit, display, and inputs in any sort of enclosure you like -- 3D printed, cut from cardboard, fashioned from wood, it's up to you. If you'd like to cut one on a laser cutter, you can use the plans here. They are designed to be cut from 1/8" material -- either baltic birch plywood or acrylic will work very nicely.

Download the two .svg files below and prepare them for ethcing and cutting on the laser cutter software of your choice. I used an Epilog Zing 40 Watt laser cutter with the print driver from within Rhino.

The neoMatrixBox_raster.svg file is for engraving the graphics. It's helpful to engrave the material first, so that if any parts shift after cutting the graphics are already registered properly. I used these etching settings:

  • Speed: 70%
  • Power: 70%
  • DPI: 500

Everything fits on a 12" x 12" piece of material. Here you can see that I'm using a bit of tape at the edges to fight the slight warping of the wood, which can throw off the laser focus.

Etching graphics is an optional step. You'll notice in some of the photographs the first iteration of the NeoMatrix Mk I was made without graphics.

The neoMatrixBox.svg is the cutting file. I used the following settings:

  • Speed: 60%
  • Power: 55%
  • Frequency: 500

If you don't have access locally to a laser cutter, such as a maker space, you can also send the files off to a laser cutting service. Ponoko is a good choice.

Once you've got your parts cut, it's time to assemble the NeoMatrix MkI!

Last updated on 2017-11-27 at 02.50.48 PM Published on 2017-11-27 at 02.56.35 PM