Tardis : Laser cut cardboard version

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Tardis : Laser cut cardboard version by t4obrien Oct 12, 2011

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Ever wanted your very own Time Lord technology to fly around the universe and save the day with? Be your own Doctor and make this Tardis out of a bit of cardboard.


There are two layers in the svg and ai file, one for a 1/16th inch thick piece of cardboard and one for a 10/64th inch piece. Everything fits together and is self-supporting except for the L-shaped pieces (with the "police box") which need some hot glue or double-sided tape.

Ask for photos if you'd like some assembly instructions if you'd like some, I'll go dumpster diving for some more cardboard and build another one.

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If you don't have access to a laser cutter, you might want to look up one of your local corrugated board suppliers or a box manufacturer. Most plants have a designer on staff with a cutting table. A cutting table can cut from DXF files with minor conversion, or directly from an HPG or ACS file. If the designer is a bit of geek (very likely), he or she may cut it for you for free from scrap stock if you let them use the file how they want.

Also, it's called "corrugated board", "corrugated paperboard" or just "corrugated" when it has the liner paper(s) combined with a fluted or corrugated paper.



Can I have the file as a DXF??? I cant get our Laser to recognise the file or convert it.

I'm working on developing a comprehensive gingerbread laser cutting guide, and i'd love to use this design for a lasercut gingerbread tardis.

What laser cutter do you use?

I'm at the Entrepreneur Initiative 'Garage' at NC State, and we have a universal laser systems VLS6.60 cutter. It's great, and very similar to the epilogs I've used in the past.

We just so happen to have a laser cutter on campus! I will have to do this for sure and let you know how it goes.

Post pictures too! I'll do another version eventually for wood / acrylic, I just don't have any right now..

Don't have access to a LASER cutter, but I've been dying to dress up my server racks so that they look like a TARDIS. Any ideas?