Our rear frame piece fresh from the laser cutter. Next we will add animated lighting behind the letters for enhanced visual effects :yikes: .
Looks neat; we did a similar bit of laser cutting on last year’s robot and backlit it with green (school color), though we did it on a piece that started twice as thick as it normally would have needed to be (1/8" vs 1/16").
Is this a structural member? If so, did you leave enough metal at the thinnest spots (the verticals on the M and R) so that it won’t buckle?
It is 1/8" aluminum. It is a structural member but will have reinforcements attached to it. If the game were of a more standard nature with more ‘robot interactions’ we would not have done this. The absence of direct defense should be easier on robots this year.
We did a test yesterday with some neopixel led strips and we’ll be able to change color of each letter and period individually. Should make for some cool animation. I’ll post a video when it’s done.
Here’s a quick video clip from last night showing the first animation of our license plate http://youtu.be/F_ojeXsd_Tk .