Keep Making

This class inspired me to think of new ideas and try new things. I really enjoyed learning new things and I want to keep using the new skills. Unfortunately, Mary and I didn’t build make a working car for the Furby but we did start putting together one of the sets. In starting to build … Continue reading Keep Making

This class inspired me to think of new ideas and try new things. I really enjoyed learning new things and I want to keep using the new skills. Unfortunately, Mary and I didn’t build make a working car for the Furby but we did start putting together one of the sets. In starting to build … Continue reading Keep Making

Building a Hard of Hearing Robot…

This was a combination of two little vehicles. My original idea was to create a virtual University of Mary Washington in the game Minecraft. This however was very ambitious and when I started I quickly found out that it was … Continued

20160426_144625 This was a combination of two little vehicles. My original idea was to create a virtual University of Mary Washington in the game Minecraft. This however was very ambitious and when I started I quickly found out that it was too big of an undertaking all things considered. We had a guest professor that turned me toward the miniature robot world so I immediately started shopping for a new project. I came across a little vehicle that pushed around and very slowly and a larger vehicle that was clap controlled. It cycled through commands by way of forward, turn right, and turn left. I thought that if I put the two together I could have a small vehicle that was clap controlled. They were both made from the same company so I figured that everything would talk to each other fine. There must have been a problem with the microphone or they didn’t work together perfectly as when I put everything together it wouldn’t respond to clapping but rather screaming at it. Although I turned the microphone sensitivity up all the way it still would only register a loud vocal noise. It made for a bit of humor but was a little frustrating. 20160421_135449 20160421_142837 20160421_144920 20160421_150233 I made a huge mistake when assembling the robot. I followed the wiring schematic but accidentally put three resistors in backwards. Being that the parts were so small and the soldering iron would have burned through the circuit board, I opted to attempt cutting the resistors off the board and reverse them soldering them in the right position on top of the board. Luckily this worked out. I will admit I was very nervous when I turned in on for the first time. In fact, this may even be a contributing factor for the “hard of hearing” the little robot suffers from. 20160426_105944 20160426_105952 20160426_123326 20160426_144635 20160426_144659 This was an awesome experience in learning how to wire anything correctly and hugely educational on how to solder. I’ve never considered myself good with a soldering iron but this project absolutely demanded it with the closeness of everything. Connections that were literally the smallest of fractions of an inch away that weren’t supposed to connect. I consider myself lucky that everything was put together correctly. I hope you enjoyed this little journey to make a little robot that was hard of hearing. I definitely recommend “making” in general but especially making little robots or something similar that requires wiring and soldering. You will learn a lot just by doing and move on to make something from scratch of your own design.

Tinkering is over . . . Lame!

I can’t believe how fast the semester went, but it is over now. I wish I could have spent more time on my projects for this class, though now I have more time to start on other maker projects like this one or maybe trying to build a full scale R2-D2.  Well I want to thank […]

I can’t believe how fast the semester went, but it is over now. I wish I could have spent more time on my projects for this class, though now I have more time to start on other maker projects like this one or maybe trying to build a full scale R2-D2.  Well I want to thank everyone in the class and Rosemary for all the fun that I had this semester in Tinkering.  Well bye for now, if I end up making anything cool I will be sure to post some pictures here.  Till next time.

Final Project Ideas

For my final project, I teamed up with Mary Clark to work on a Furby. She had seen the work of Kelly Heaton who has done a lot of projects with Furbys that inspired us. Some ideas for the project include making the Furby themed – maybe a zombie Furby and we can sew a brain … Continue reading Final Project Ideas

For my final project, I teamed up with Mary Clark to work on a Furby. She had seen the work of Kelly Heaton who has done a lot of projects with Furbys that inspired us. Some ideas for the project include making the Furby themed – maybe a zombie Furby and we can sew a brain … Continue reading Final Project Ideas

Part 3 Final Project

When we left our hero I had mounted the 3D print propeller to a motor. A few days ago I came into the think lab to solder wires on to the motor. But……… as we all know nothing goes as planned. One of the tabs coming out of the motor broke off. I became very […]

When we left our hero I had mounted the 3D print propeller to a motor. A few days ago I came into the think lab to solder wires on to the motor. But……… as we all know nothing goes as planned. One of the tabs coming out of the motor broke off. I became very angry and left everything here and headed home to figure out what I could do..
IMG_1898 Motor with the broken tab
After spending time at home and talking with my dad I decided that I was going to rebuild. I spent the next day or 2 collecting supplies. I harvested a fan blade from an old fan. Bought a USB car charger, cigarette outlet for a car, 1 inch PVC pipes and fitting, and pipe clamps. I found an old tent steak that is used for the shaft. Now to put all of this together…. I cut the PVC pipes using a sawzall. I made 3-1 foot cuts and 2-6 inch cuts. I put everything together and like the way it turned out. To mount the fan blades to the motor I used an old metal tent steak as a medium shaft. I cut the end off it so all I had was about 6 inched of metal to work with. I did my best to drill a hole down the center of the shaft so I could mount the motor. I used super glue this time because I did not want to wait for the J-B weld to set. After the glue set I mounted the blades and took it outside for a test. The test was successful!! However, I did find out that the shaft had a slight bend to it and to was to heavy for the super glue to hold. So I cut the shaft down to around 1-2 inches. My next task was how do mount the motor to the stand???? Well I tried to fit it in the pipe but the pipe was just a little to large for the motor. So I decided to cut the end of the in quarters. This would give me the flex ability to use a pipe clamp to squeeze the pipe into a small we dimension therefore holding the motor in place! Where to mount the cigarette outlet? I decided that it would look best if it was coming out the side of the stand. I used a Dremel to make a hole in one of the T-fittings. With a little persuasion from the rubber mallet it sits in there just fine! I took time to solder wires to the back of the motor. Once that was complete I could then run the wires down through the stand to the outlet. Because the motor is creating Direct Current(DC) I was able to use the cigarette outlet and a car charger to charge the battery. . .. … …. … .. . If I could do it all over again If I could do it all over again I would. I was use a bigger and better blade design that would capture the wind more easily. I would also use a bigger motor to create more electricity. I might even make a vertical wind turbine because I find these so much more interesting.I would also like to test the to make sure the battery is actually charging. Finally completed and working! IMG_1887 IMG_1886 IMG_1885 I was able to figure test to see how much electricity was being created! IMG_1895 I did see .8 volts at one time with a fairly strong wind.