Who doesn’t like 3D movies and images? Everyone does! How an image can just act like an object of the real world is a mystery to everyone.
But tickets to 3D movies can be very expensive, so how about making your own hologram projector? How is that possible?
Don’t worry! We have found the solution! Today we will teach you how to make a homemade hologram projector with household materials.
That’s right; this can be done with ordinary things you’d find around the house and makes a great project to do by yourself or to entertain the kids!
Holograms are 3D images created using the diffraction of light! Unlike a regular Hologram projector which projects 3D animation using a laser beam, your homemade projector will create 2D animation into 3D.
Items/Materials Required to Build a DIY Hologram Projector
Make sure you have everything from this list before you start building. Don’t think that it’s okay because one item is missing, that’s not the case! Even one item not being present can have a drastic negative impact on the final product.
A. You Will Need:
- Smartphone or Tablet
You won’t be able to use this projector with a laptop or computer.
This can be made of any material so long as it lets you draw straight lines and measure accurately.
- Sticky Tape/Scotch Tape
We don’t recommend using electric tape as this doesn’t have the same stickiness.
- Pen or pencil
- Acetate Paper or Transparent Office File
- Scissors/NT Cutter
Note: Children should only use scissors under the watchful supervision of an adult. If using an NT Cutter, please take all necessary precautions so that you don’t cut yourself.
B. Where’s The Glue?
This is one of the few projector projects where glue isn’t used.
Glue can actually change the shape of the structure we will be building and, as such, can have a negative impact on the hologram once everything is complete. If we want this project to work to 100% potential, the glue has to be left out.
Building The Projector
This process requires a bit of finesse,but keep with it.With patience, you will be triumphant.
1. Take a pen or a pencil and draw a trapezium* in your notebook. If you cannot draw straight lines perfectly or with confidence, do not risk it by using a pen. Use a pencil and have an eraser nearby, instead.
*A trapezium is a quadrilateral with one pair of parallel sides.
2. You must draw the trapezium with these dimensions:
- One parallel side should be 1cm.
- The other parallel side should be 6cm.
- The height of the trapezium should be 3.5cm.
Use the ruler/scale while drawing to ensure that the measurements are exactly correct.
3. Use the scissors or NT cutter to cut out the trapezium you have drawn in your notebook.
4. Take your acetate paper. Place the cut-out trapezium over it.Ensure you place it in a way that leaves you enough acetate paper to cut more trapeziums later.
5. Again using scissors or NT cutter, make an outline around the trapezium over the acetate paper.
6. Cut the trapezium out of the acetate paper. The first trapezium you have cut is the stencil you will use to carefully cut three more trapeziums from the acetate paper.
7. Take your four trapeziums. Place all 4 of them around each other with the 1cm parallel side at the center. Make sure the sides of the trapezium are touching each other.
8. Stick the acetate paper trapeziums carefully together using your sticky tape.
9. Lift the trapeziums together to form a 4-sided trapezium-shaped cone. The shape should look like a quadrilateral ice-cream cup.
Your hologram projector is fully ready to use!
Using Your Hologram Projector
1. Take your smartphone and find a hologram video on YouTube or another video playing site.
2. Play the video.
3. Keep the hologram projector right above your phone screen.
4. Turn off the lights to experience some incredible 3D images.
Making that 3D projector wasn’t difficult at all -now dazzle your friends with your own creation, presenting yourself as a sorcerer in front of them.
Remember, there are many different projector projects you can do in the comfort of your own home. All of them use everyday household items and get brilliant results.
If you enjoyed this, try out a few more projector types and see if you can build them as well!