My first experience trying to make my own Google Cardboard wasn’t quite as successful as I’d hoped, and I realised that making it by hand may not be the way to go for this project. If I were to send this product to an agency or client it would need to look professional and properly made. I would want them to take it seriously, and of course, get involved with it.
From the Google Cardboard website, anyone can download a template to make one of their very own, and this download also includes a laser cut template (example above). The college provides us with a laser cutting machine, so I took the opportunity to use it to hopefully make a successful Google Cardboard.
I immediately hit a problem though, and that was that the laser cutting machine was too small for the template. To get around this I had to (with the help of Rory pictured above) edit the original Google template. This meant that when the cardboard is cut, it would be cut into sections. This wasn’t a problem though, as I predicted that I could fix some parts in place so that it could be delivered partly assembled.
Modified Google Cardboard template
My Google Cardboard being cut in the machine
Sadly, this attempt proved unsuccessful due to my choice of cardboard. It seems that it was too thin, and when assembled nothing stays attached. The quality of the cut though was great, and it is definitely worth seeing this through.
My next attempt used card that was much thicker. I had also modified my original template to include my logo and name to give the product a more personal touch, and further promote myself. Sadly though, and as can be seen by the example above, the thicker cardboard didn’t work either. As soon as I folded it, one side would split and eventually tore off. I have realised that to make a successful Google Cardboard, I must use corrugated card. It will be the right thickness, and should also bend without splitting.