Below is all of the documentation for the tasks and projects concerning the final project.
Task # 4 - proposal
For my final project, I want to create a tabletop, gear pad. The gear pad will contain a variety of gears of different sizes arranged in a somewhat random, but thoughtful way. They will be arranged so that they each interlock with one another. Each gear will not be next to every other gear, but each gear will correspond with at least one other gear. When one gear is moved, the other gears will also move. The gears will be attached to a base pad that will be tabletop size.
If I find the time to add on to this project, I want to implement a sound and light element to this project. Last Fall, I partnered with another student to create a musical turntable for Introduction to Physical Computing. An ArduinoUNO, LED’s, and speakers were used to execute the sound and light element of the project. The physical structure of the turntable was created using a wooden base, an acrylic turntable that was attached to the wooden base, and cardboard cutouts to place on top of the acrylic turntable. The wheel had 3 notched dials that each emitted different tones. The entire wheel could be moved or the individual dials could be moved. If I were to add a sound and light element to this project, the same electronics and software would be used as this previous project.
To provide you with a timeline, I will first create my project with the intention of leaving out the electronic elements, but keeping them in mind. If I find enough time to work out the kinks of electronic components and account for the extra physical components in the base design of my project, I will then work on a second iteration of my final project.
I am making this project because this is something that I have been wanting to make for a while. I wanted to make this because whenever I am sitting down at my desk, I like to have something to keep my hands occupied. I want to create an artful, but useful piece that I can use to keep my hands busy. I am also interested in combining the new skills that I’ve learned with skills that I already have.
I am mainly making this project for myself. While making this project, it will make me happy by giving me something to work on that is not just math or science. After completing this project, it will keep me engaged and happy.
To be more specific, the base of the pad will be a little bigger than a sheet of paper and be laser cut from acrylic. The gears themselves will be laser cut from acrylic and wood, to mix different materials together. The gears will be attached to the base using nuts and bolts that are locked to allow for rotation. I have not yet thought of more ways to implement more fabrication methods, but hopefully this is ok and I will try hard to use some more new skills that I learned.
Task # 6 - moodboards
Here are the moodboards created for Task # 6. The objective of this task was to create two moodboards. One of the boards describes the target user, while the other board describes the final product.
target user moodboard
The target user is myself and the life that I lead is stressful (because of school) and since I typically sit for most of the day, I fidget around a lot.
Final product inspiration moodboard
This moodboard depicts the design and fabrication inspiration for this product. The final product was inspired by a previous project. I also was inspired by things that exhibit circular motion or rotate.
Project # 6
For Project #6, I executed the project I proposed in Task #4. The product that I completed for my final project can be described as a gear pad storage box. The box is meant to be a decorative tabletop storage box. Each gear corresponds with another gear. I generated the gears using geargenerator.com and exported them to Rhino. I engraved patterns on the gears and cut out notches to add depth. I wanted to incorporate electronics into my final project, but due to the short timeline, I failed in executing so properly. I purposefully cut out the notches in order to allow light to reflect onto a photoresistor that would be placed under each gear. When the light hits the photoresistor, a speaker will sound a tone that corresponds to a gear. I actually started incorporating electronics into my final project, but was unable to get it to work properly, as shown in some of the process photos below.