It all started with that CarPro water display demo, priced at over $150, and which was always out of stock. So, I had some time off and decided hey, why not build it myself? And so I sourced the goods, most of which came from overseas, which meant I wouldn’t be able to finish this for at least a month. And so I did, slowly. What’s great about building your own is knowing where you sourced your material, how it connects, and how to repair or replace any components that may go bad.
Tools and materials used for this project:
1/4” Plywood (Local Hardware Store)
1/4” Acrylic (Local Plastic Store)
Acrylic Tray (Local Container Store)
USB Power Bank (You really don’t have one laying around?) or USB Wall plug
I also made it a priority that since this was my first (well, really it was the second) prototype, I made sure that any connections made are mechanically fastened, so that they can be removed, adjusted, and replaced.
Since everything is very light in nature, double sided acrylic tape and zip ties did the trick. All powered components are 5V/USB capable for portability.
Will probably get a custom vinyl made on that front piece at some point. For now, it’s literally just a cut up piece of business card.
Approximate Cost of project: $50
Time: 2-3 Hours
Here’s the first prototype just for fun, using just a simple light box, which we used at Silicon Valley Bimmer’s one year anniversary event of which we sponsored. (P.S. The banner was made completely incorrectly; with the wrong fonts and colors, so please disregard)