Hardware - chevrons, glyphs and other details

A project log for A functional Stargate

It won't transport me, but it will transport something across vast distances

shlonkinshlonkin 04/01/2014 at 13:564 Comments

I was scratching my head, wondering exactly how I was going to make the fine details like chevrons, glyphs on the rotating ring and other patterns. Then I looked behind me and saw the pcb mill I have been working on. What an obvious solution. I had a 1.2mm thick sheet of polypropylene that fits just great in the mill, so I gave it a try. Here are the results as seen from the front and lit from behind. They need some deburring, but I'm very pleased with the result. Now I just need to cut them out, paint them, and assemble them with the rest of the parts. I will use the same technique for all of the decoration on the other parts, too.

And here is a close shot of the Earth glyph

Here are the .svg files that were used. I made them in Inkscape by tracing over the stargate picture.

I have also made some changes to the materials used. After making lots of plastic rings and playing around with them, I have decided to use 3mm for a back layer, 3mm for the middle spacers, two pieces of 1.2mm(thus 2.4mm) for the rotating ring, 1.2mm for the front layer, and 1.2mm for the chevrons. All pieces are polypropylene. 


Stefan-Xp wrote 04/01/2014 at 22:07 point
Looks really nice :) I'm looking forward to your next posts ;)

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Stefan-Xp wrote 04/01/2014 at 22:07 point
Why didn't you use the *.svg Files at Wikipedia?

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shlonkin wrote 04/01/2014 at 22:46 point
Do they have some?! I didn't see any, but I'll look again.

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Stefan-Xp wrote 04/02/2014 at 19:30 point ;-) best regards

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