On this page, we’ll show you how to build the base display. This is just a hacked monitor with a rigid frame and a rail system. Other display components, such as LCDs, diffusers, polarizers, and lenses, can easily be attached using the rail system.
In building our display stands, we’ve used some common rapid prototyping machinery, and some standard shop machinery. Since what you have available may be very different to what we have available, and since you may be working on a very different project than we are, we’ll give the details for how we built the above stand, but you should be aware that you will probably be required to improvise.
The goal of the stand is to keep everything aligned. However, the accuracy of the alignment will be a function of the accuracy of your machinery, the accuracy of your measurements, the stiffness of your materials, and the care with which you carry out your fabrication process. We attempt to strike a balance between cost, time, and accuracy. If your display is not tolerant to shifts of a few pixels you may need to work harder on your stand.
If you can locate a Fab Lab near you, you will have a much easier time constructing your display. Independent shops like danger!awesome! are also available in some places, as well as other hackerspaces. We use a lasercutter and waterjet cutter to make many of the 2D parts in our stand.
Designing the stand.
As the design for the stand is not complex, I have typically used Inkscape to design the parts for our stands. You can then export either pdf or dxf files for cutting on the lasercutter or waterjet.