I am super excited to start fabrication class as I've always wanted to design and make things, but never really had the time and resource (and also just lazy) to actualize this fantasy. When I heard that our first assignment was making a flash light, I had an immediate reaction that I wanted to design a sort of light sculpture, a design that sculpts light instead of being a point light.
I started out with the idea to etch led lights bulbs into a thick sheet of acrylic, but after testing that out (see pictures below), the light was not diffused enough, so I moved on to the next idea.
I have this thick transparent acrylic block as a paperweight at home, I thought maybe it could be useful to sculpt the light from one end to the other. So I started sketching different settings.
After confirming the final sketch, I started making the object.
It will be consisted of one thin sheet of translucent acrylic on top of a thick transparent acrylic block, and at the bottom there will be a battery box also functioning as the block holder.
What I had to do is cut the acrylic block into preferred size with saw and sand it. Also laser cut the thin layer on top and the battery box/holder.
The most tricky part was to figure out the switch. At first I wanted to just be lazy and not make a switch at all, the light will just be controlled by putting the battery in the battery holder, which I had soldered the wires together. But then I thought I should definitely push harder to make it work like a wholesome design. And I'm glad I did, with the help of some super amazing people on the floor. I made a switch that uses the weight of the transparent thick block to turn on the light.
This is what came out in the end.