Optical illusions are designed to trick your mind to believing something is there that isn’t really there. Believe it or not, most optical illusions are very simple to achieve. Today we will show you how to make your own simple, but effective, illusion in SOLIDWORKS called the infinity mirror. This illusion is used in a lot of horror houses or themed walking tours, as well as creating the illusion of long corridors in older film sets.
Infinity mirror illusions
How a one way mirror works is one side is not reflective and you are able to see through it like a window. The other side is like a traditional mirror, and one can see there reflection. This can be created with a reflective window tint, which is the same thing used on cars. We got two panels of glass the same size and used the reflective tint to make the mirrors we need.
To make an infinity mirror work, we put the light source between the mirror and the reflective side of the one way mirror. This then makes the light bounce repeatedly between the two reflective mirrors giving the illusion of a long tunnel. When the light is turned off, it looks like a normal mirror.
Now that was easy! Let’s now build the backing battery box. We just made a simple box, then cut out the profile of the battery box and wiring. We then capped it off and made a sweet little lid to keep it all neat and tidy
Next we 3D printed our design using Pro PLA. Once all the parts printed its was time to assemble it!
Once we were happy with the placement, we used a card to squeeze out the soap from under the vinyl. This sticks it down in place. We let it dry for around 10 minutes. We then used a sharp knife to trim the edge of the vinyl to be flush with the edge of the glass.
Now let us put it all together; we slid the glass into the frame and placed the LED lights in the groove, pulled the wires through and connected it all up. And great success! It works like a dream.
You can see how the illusion makes the impression that the box is deeper than it already is. This is the beauty of this illusion and it can be developed into so many different styles.
This project is simple to do and easy to complete on a budget. This project also leaves a lot of room for you add new features and exciting things or even use interesting shapes. We hope you take this project as inspiration for some really cool ideas!
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