Exploring more stow-away forms

A project log for Collapsible UV LED Lamp + Resin Oven

This tutorial goes over the making of a collapsible UV light, made from UV LED strips, and a flexible-but-rigid foil + air backer.

audreyobscuraaudreyobscura 08/29/2020 at 00:040 Comments

A few weeks after posting initial log posts on this project, as well as exploring more use cases for UV resin in my prototyping practice, I'm  looking to origami and packaging design to potentially create more collapsible shapes for this UV LED lamp.

The above gif demonstrates turning 3 upcycled reused insulated grocery bags into a box like shape.

I belong to a CSA delivery in the summer, and the dairy and eggs get delivered in these bags, I keep them around and reuse them for packaging or for running other food to people, but they have all the same properties as the original bubble foil material I used in my first UV lamp

I began by cutting off the sides and turning the bubble foil into 16" squares

Using stainless steel foil tape, a strong, flexible, rigid tape, I bound all of the edges together to create a classic origami box shape. Each edge of the box shape had a foil tab that could be used to clamp the sides together with metal binder clips.
Here's the box shape flat on the studio floor, it's hard to see but each edge is bound with stainless steel foil tape.

The foil tape tabs are folded over and clamped tight. 

The internal volume of the shape after the edges are folded over and pinched is slightly more than a 14" cube.