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Solidworks Model

The next step was to recreate the idea in Solidworks. Everything was modeled in one multi-body part to ensure that form, fit, and function were all satisfactory. The blue acrylic was 1/8'' thick material I purchased from the Art Store, and everything else was 3mm thick material I purchased from Ideate. I designed the parts to all slot together for easy assembly. I also tried to limit the number and complexity of the bends because I didn't have experience bending acrylic.

Using the sheet metal tool, I converted my blue acrylic into "sheet metal" in order to get both a better sense of the bend radius and a flat sheet model that could be sent to the laser cutter.  

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