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Paradox
10-03-2009, 04:32 AM
You see all kinds of cheap/free lightboxes made from cardboard boxes and baking paper etc, but I've made one myself and they're a bit flimsy, for obvious reasons.

So, last year I needed a project for my Design and Technology coursework, and since I needed a good lightbox, I went with that. The end result is practically indestructible, as you can see below. Those wooden bars are 4.5cm square, and are both adhered and screwed together. The sides are made of lightbox acrylic (Basically just a translucent sheet of white plastic, in this case 3mm thick), and the background is a sheet of thin opaque plastic that is bent into a curve by the framework. The base of the frame is longer than the height to create a flat surface at the front to place products on.

The background plastic is easily removable, so that in future if I want a coloured background I can simply order a sheet of appropriately coloured plastic, and slot it into place. Changing the background would take about a minute.

Couple of pictures below, and a few quick shots taken with it to prove it does it's job. And yes, it could have been made cheaper, lighter, and more portable - But it's going to be used in a shop environment, and a little cloth one might not stand up to heavy use for long. This, on the other hand, should. :)

http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv135/Phenomenological/Lightbox-1.jpg

http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv135/Phenomenological/Lightbox-7.jpg

http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv135/Phenomenological/Lightbox-2.jpg

http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv135/Phenomenological/Lightbox-3.jpg

http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv135/Phenomenological/Lightbox-4.jpg

http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv135/Phenomenological/Lightbox-5.jpg

James DeRuvo DHQ
10-05-2009, 11:29 PM
Well the results certainly speak for themselves. Nicely done.

Paradox
10-18-2009, 08:36 AM
Thank you :)

jekostas
10-18-2009, 12:52 PM
Well the results certainly speak for themselves. Nicely done.

Ditto. In terms of all the homemade lightboxes I've seen, that one is probably the best, both in terms of concept and execution.