Star Trek, the original series, PADD. Yep, it's that thing that looks like a wedge-shaped thick black iPad (with lights!) that they carry around the ship. Look through all 11 photos and open the instructions tab for lots of little details on the build. Enjoy!
I built the finished PADD shown above to use on set of The Red Shirt Diaries, Season 2 (coming this summer!). Catch up on The Red Shirt Diaries, Season 1 here: https://youtu.be/3SfZ9Ib1xGg?list=PLIPYu8RdPGbeja365XM7jpHLJLDgDbv4y
My friends Will Smith and Dave Arland had 2D schematics for the PADD. I used Tinkercad to make the 3D model. There are four stl files attached. You won't need them all. One is the front piece in a single print. You'll need a large format printer to use this. Two additional files are the front piece split into two pieces (top and bottom) for printing on smaller 3D printers. Finally, there is the flat back piece that fits into the recessed edge of the front piece. I used a piece of polycarbonate from Home Depot instead of printing the back piece.
- Paint the front piece and back piece (recommend trimmed-to-fit polycarbonate instead of 3D printing the back piece) flat black. Keep the rest of the polycarb sheet unpainted if you bought the one in the picture above from Home Depot.
- Order light covers and sockets from Allied Electronics (See image above. You don't need as many as I ordered. I got spares. Thanks to Dave for finding these!)
- Buy, assemble, and hook together 2 flashing light kits (Fry's Electronics.)
- Grab and install any kind of black on/off switch in the small hole to the left of the 3 light covers (Fry's Electronics).
- Cut a clear piece of polycarbonate to cover the front hole and glue to the inside.
- If you want the back of the PADD case to be removable (and you do, so you can change the battery and what's on the screen), stack up some Legos about halfway up each side until the height is correct, then glue one to the back piece and the rest to the inside of the front piece. Alternatively, glue in magnets. Use a credit card to pry the back off when you need to.
- Consider mounting additional Legos on the inner part of the front piece to hold the 9V battery for the lights. Glue an additional lego to the 9V battery to connect them.
- For a stylus pen, I trimmed down a chopstick and painted it flat black. To be more accurate, I think you need to paint the tip of the non-writing end red.
- Print whatever you want to show on the PADD screen on paper with a light to medium gray background. Paper will just cling to the inside of the polycarb screen.
- Update June 2017: Added bezel file to print and place around the lights.