Budget is a main concern as the price of acrylic is rather expensive and as an unemployed college student I’m really in no position to spend too much. Although it’s a rather cool project the size of it will make it expensive, not only that but I would also have to find a flashlight strong enough to light the sword up.
Acrylic itself is a decently strong material and is easy to laser cut, however the difficultly of it would be to get it strong enough to withstand me carrying it around. So far I am thinking of 1/4″ acrylic which is actually 0.22″ thick. I’m thinking it’ll be strong enough, however the thicker the material the more expensive it’ll be.
Currently an issue i’m having is how to fit the flat part of the bottom of the edge to a light source. Currently the light source I have chosen is a flash light that outputs RGB colors. The issue is finding something strong enough to connect the two together. This will need further CAD work.
4.) Time Constraint
The project itself seems like it’s a decent amount time and design in order for it to work properly. Something that has been an issue is balancing this project out with senior design capstone, as that seems to be taking a decent amount of my time.
5.) Light Source
Currently I have a flashlight on Amazon which sells for about $15, something I would not be able to test until I buy the flashlight Is whether the light source will be strong enough to go throughout the entire project.