I love the episode “Family” and its rare glimpse of life on earth in the TNG era. In particular, we see a non-Starfleet computer in the Picard family household, which I would really love to make.
How it was made is a bit of a puzzle and I would love some ideas about how to replicate it or how the original might have been made. The ridges on the side are confusing, because they suggest that it wasn’t vacuum formed, at least in its entirety. I think the best best is laser cutting large pieces of acrylic and then heat bending them, but I’m still not certain, and figuring out how to bend them properly will be tricky. I might need to make a jig out of laser-cut plywood or MDF, or simply take the acrylic to a plastics shop to do the bending for me.
Here are screen caps from the episode itself
An interesting thing to note here is that the power switch button appears to be basically the same as the Starfleet desktop viewers.
Here is scanned artwork from the book Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Continuing Mission
Here is the original Sternbach sketch:
Here the same prop appears redressed in “Identity Crisis”
And ridiculously redressed in “Unification II”