After the 'business' portion of sitting by the lasercutter was done, I cut out a design that I found on thingiverse.com. It's a mechanical iris, that is, it tries to mimic the opening and closing of a natural eye. Unfortunately this design forms a star like shape when it opens because the leaves don't overlap. I aim to design one of my own with more than five (probably 12) thin leaves (material TBD) that will overlap and maintain a roughly circular shape when opening and closing.
Daniel operating the iris:
Update: Fooled around with the pieces a bit, found this alternate configuration: