Grant Project Reflection: Infinity Portal

By Jaylen Coleman // June 4, 2024

The blog post below was written by Jaylen Coleman, Pratt '24.  In the academic year 2023-2024, he was provided a Co-Lab grant to work on this project.


Creating the Infinity Portal LED display was a multifaceted project that involved various activities at the Duke Co-Lab. Here's a step-by-step story of how each part of the process unfolded:


The journey began in the digital realm with Adobe Illustrator. I meticulously crafted a design for the display, ensuring every detail was perfect. The design featured a central hexagon motif, symbolizing the essence of design in the Co-Lab.

infinity portal isometric view and design

Laser Cutting Acrylic

With the design in hand, I headed to the laser cutter. The first task was to cut the hexagon shape from two acrylic sheets: a clear one for the front and a black one for the back. Precision was key, and the laser cutter effortlessly handled the job, producing sharp, clean edges.

view of the hexagon in the laser cutter

Vinyl Application and Etching

Next, I layered a sheet of black vinyl over the clear acrylic. Returning to the laser cutter, I etched the design into the vinyl-covered acrylic. This step added intricate details and transformed the plain surface into an eye-catching element. Hidden within the design, I included an easter egg: "INFINITY PORTAL" spelled out in binary code.

3D Printing Clips

To hold the display together, I designed and 3D printed clips for the corners. These clips were essential for securing the acrylic layers. After printing, I spray-painted the clips to give them a sleek metallic finish, adding a professional touch. To personalize the project, I added my logo onto the clips.

Electrical Work and Soldering

Now came the technical part. I positioned six triangle-shaped LEDs between the clear and black acrylic sheets. These LEDs would illuminate the design, bringing it to life. I carefully fixed each of  the electrical connections, ensuring everything was secure and functional.

Final Assembly and Base

With the LEDs in place and the clips ready, I assembled the display. The clips held the acrylic sheets together perfectly, creating a sturdy structure. Using some leftover black acrylic, I laser-cut the word "Co-Lab" and adhered it to the middle of the vinyl wrap, adding a final touch of customization. Finally, I 3D printed a base to support the display, completing the project.



Throughout this process, I enjoyed every moment at the Duke Co-Lab. It was a fulfilling experience to create something special for the University, a place where I frequently work on school projects and continue developing my startup, Infinity Portal. The Co-Lab provided all the tools and resources I needed, making it an invaluable part of my creative journey.