Hello World

Juan Martinez

Incite Focus Fablab

week one

week two

week three

week four

week five

previous work

I'm working on a series of public sculpture proposals for kinetic sculptures that also function as exercise equipment

This one is a life sized bear that makes swiping motions when you pull on the rings connected to its body with cables that connect underground

This one is a 5meter tall tentacle that is connected to 2 monument sized joysticks that are connected to it with underground cables

One joystick is connected to the bottom half of the tentacle and the other is connected to the top half of the tentacle to allow for S curves and unpredictable movements

week one

this week we focused on writing basic html code and I used this website called code academy. It took me through a tutorial that helped me understand enough to set up this old school looking website.

Another helpful tool is the Sublime text editor. It helpfully color codes elements of the html code to let you know you're doing it right and even autocomplets some elements of code.

I also used a tutorial on try.github.io to learn about git commands


I'm developing a tool to model the linkages in my kinetic sculptures with cardboard. I'm calling them "linkage logs". I do childcare at a school in my neighborbood every Wednesday and I'm gonna bring linkage logs so I can model linkages with my kids! once I put motors on them then we can make cardboard robots together!

I'm trying a bunch of different modelling programs to try and find the right fit. So far I've tried Fusion360, Solidworks, and Onshape. I'm pretty familiar with inventor so I'm most comfortable using Fusion360 but I've also been trying to get good at Onshape because it's so awesome that it's free and open source!

week three

this week I set out to design and cut a simple building block system that slots together.I learned about parametric design and I tried designing in onshape, fusion, and solidworks.

I started assembling in fusion and noticed that my system the way it was originally designed wasn't working. I couldn't use it to build in 3D so I redesigned it with links peices and strut pieces. here's a screen shot:

I used inkscape to turn my dxf into a pdf and I learned that, at least on our setup, the line width needs to bee .001 of an inch to cut lines as a vector

week four

This week we made pcb boards cut with the our little cnc mill. I used Jonathan Ward's shield maker app which looks like this

This app makes it really easy to design and alter boards and I love that it's simple enough that you can use it on a smart phone. It does hide a lot of the plumbing under the hood. For example the feed rate is automatically generated. It generates g code automatically and communicates beautifully with the cnc mill

Here's how the boards turned out. These two were test boards to see how accurate our milling machine is which was this week's group assignment

I found the surface mount soldering to be really easy. I've done a bit of through board soldering but this was even easier in my opinion. Maybe because there's less copper to heat up in this case. Here's the finished board with all it's components attached