For this tutorial we will be using the Firemen Logo Kit Design.
Make sure you have already etched and cut your design before continuing with this tutorial.
Step 1: Remove protective layer
Once all your pieces are engraved and cut, carefully remove the remaining Kraft paper from all the pieces. Be careful – acrylic is brittle and can snap in the areas with delicate cutouts.
All acrylic pieces with protective covering
Tips for keeping the acrylic looking great:
- Avoid touching any surface of the acrylic other than the edges to minimize fingerprints and scratches.
- Lay a soft towel down on a flat table. Place the piece on the towel and then remove the paper.
You should have all the pieces etched, cut, with the protective paper removed, and free of dust and any smudges before moving on.
All pieces with protective covering removed
Step 2: Begin Assembly
Start by placing the 2 screws through the holes on the Front – Black Acrylic piece.
The face side of the completed product will be face down:
In many cases, the designs are symmetrical, so either side can be used as the face side.
Now place the Front – Clear Acrylic face down on top of the Front – Black Acrylic lining up the screw holes with the screws.
The face side of the clear acrylics will be the side that has been engraved.
Place the Middle – Clear Acrylic then the Back – Clear Acrylic face down on the assembly by lining up the screw holes with the screws.
Middle and Back Clear acrylic, respectively
Next insert the Light Board into the pocket that has been cut into the acrylics. The LED Lights should be facing up with the Button on the left side and the USB Port on the right.
Note: The button on your light board may differ in color
You might have to gently wiggle the light board around to get the pieces to line up properly. Do not use force – it should drop in easily.
Now, lay the Cardstock Backer on the rest of the assembly.
Line up the screw holes with the screws and make sure the cutouts for the USB Port and Button line up – if they don’t – flip the Backer over.
Next place the Back – Black Acrylic on the assembly.
Line up the screw holes with the screws and twist on the hex nuts provided with the kit. Do not over tighten – finger tight is usually enough.
Insert the small tab of the two legs into the slots in the bottom of the assembly and stand upright.
Black Acrylic Legs
Plug the unit into a power source using the included Micro USB and Power Adapter, and configure the lights. Learn how to configure the lights [TODO ADD LINK].
Your Etch Glow Light Display is complete and ready to enjoy!