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October 15th, 2011 1 comment

Inspired by this Instructables post, a friend of mine decided to create something similar for his wedding.

The bases were a bit more advanced than the suggestion, and all were created by a friend of the groom. They consist of a block of wood, a battery holder and 3 red LEDs.

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The plates were etched & cut on our laser over a period of about 15 hours. It was about one hour per plate, 12 of which we used, 3 were used to perfect the process. This video shows a time lapse of the process.  We had some trouble initially with clouding on the plate, especially around the letter “o”.  We fixed this by adjusting the power and speed of the laser and refining our post etching cleaning process.

After the plates were etched and cut they were soaked in water & simple green for about 30 seconds, then wiped off with a microfiber cloth.

The cards were then set up at the reception hall prior to the wedding, and remained lit throughout the evening.

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The wedding party:
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We didn’t have the names of all of the dates guests were bringing, so some people got their very own +1.

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And of course we had to create a bonus plate for the Hive:
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The Bride & Groom were pleased with the results as were we.  While it was a lot of work, the project resulted in a unique keepsake for each wedding guest and the wedding party.

 

 

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Science, come get some!

August 26th, 2011 No comments

Hello! We are proud to announce that Hive 13 will be hosting the two day SCinciHacks on the weekend of October 22 – 23! SCinciHacks is a two day event consisting of project building with like minded teams. Saturday and Sunday will consist of project building, culminating with a result demonstration session on Sunday evening from 8pm – 9pm.

The event is designed for high school and college students who are interested in science, technology and math, but anyone is welcome to work on an applicable project during these two days.

There will be an information session on Friday, October 21st, at 7pm at the Hive. If you are interested in participating, presenting or volunteering for the event it would be a great opportunity to meet up and organize!

We are also looking for sponsors for this event, if you are interested in donating anything from tools to time, please contact us.

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