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Scott sent in his work on developing cheap laser cut enclosures for your next DIY project. I can attest to using the acetone techniques, but I really like the t-nut slots in clear acrylic. That is something I am going to try out in the future. [Thanks Scott]

Making decent enclosures is troublesome because it’s almost impossible to find just the right size box, and hacking out the holes for connectors usually takes a lot of time and looks sloppy at best. Designing your own laser-cut, acrylic box takes care of these issues and doesn’t even cost that much.

Read more about how to make Laser-Cut Custom Boxes

Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.



  1. nickjohnson says:

    There is nothing cheap about laser-cutting anything. I mean, these designs are nice, but don’t describe it with the word “cheap”.

  2. Anonymous says:

    nickjohnson: Would you prefer the term “inexpensive?”

  3. Mike Estee says:

    laser cutters are very expensive, but renting time on one isn’t so bad. give it a few more years and they’ll be nearly ubiquitous.

    if you live near a techshop you can rent time on their cutter.