During the first week, I've created the website and narrowed down my final project proposals.
This week, I created a more solid idea of what I want my final project to be like, named it, researched existing alternatives and used the course structure to create a plan for the process of creating the final project. I also made issue cards in GitLab to have a more intuitive project management area.
This week we're meant to "model (raster, vector, 2D, 3D, render, animate, simulate, ...) a possible final project, and post it on your class page". As a group, our lab decided to focus primarily on Fusion 360. I created and "animated" a four-part model of my Will o'the Wind.
I am very familiar with the vinyl cutter, so my plan is to create a Logo and QR-code that links to my website. For the parametric laser cut design, I will recreate my Bunobe units in Fusion 360. They are not related to the lamp, but they are kerf-aligned units that can be assembled in all the same ways you can assemble sonobe origami units.
We made FabISP, which is a type of in-circuit programmer. I managed to program mine successfully and used it to program a rgb hello board.
Redraw the echo hello-world board, add buttons and LEDs with resistors. Check, make, test, measure and simulate. This assignment will be a good opportunity to gain skills that I can apply to my final project.
make something big: Create the base and post for the lamp. It needs to withstand harsh weather conditions and be deployable, while still stand firmly, so it doesn't fall over at high windspeeds. Perfect opportunity to mill design into fencepost?
I look forward to reading a microcontroller data sheet, to get to know more about them. I intend to program my board to generate multiple types of light using rgb LEDs. I will try Arduino programming and other languages. I hope to try the same program with a vinyl cut flexible circuitry.
This part is going to be a lot of fun, since I haven't worked with the materials available in the lab before. I would like to create moulds for some of my parts, to make it easier to recreate them the future. This also grants access to other materials that the 3D printer or laser cutter can offer, which might be a way to make the lamp more weather-proof. Together with the rest of my group, we will review the safety data sheets for each of our moulding and casting materials, make and compare tests with each of them. This will give us a great foundation for future experimentation.
I think I will use a phototransistor as my primary input device, but it will be interesting to experiment with adding pentometers to customize the type of light (multiple colors, perhaps a looping sequence) the device outputs. That way, the color and mode of light can be controlled via a remote from indoors, which is a good project to continue in week 16: Network and communications.
I created an app that allows the user to pick a color on a color wheel, then send that color to the lamp. I neet to test it, but can't until we get our bluetooth connection working for the circuit boards.
This week went primarily into trying to interface with an RN4871 bluetooth chip. Despite multiple attempts, we were unsuccessful.
Our group project was adding a 4th axis to an old milling machine. I worked on an app for the machine, and created the limit and homing switches.
I chose to further our understanding of the Indexer, and created a small test project to round a rectangular piece of wood and adding a spiral.
Here you can find information about my plans for dissemmination and licensing.
My name is Birita í Dali. With an education in teaching business at an upper-secondary level, I love using Fab Lab to empower my students to bring their ideas to life.A bit about me
I was born in Denmark to Faroese parents. We moved back to the Faroe Islands when I was still a toddler. When I was 16, I was granted a scholarship to go to the Nordic United World College in Norway. There, I met my, now, husband, who is Icelandic. One of his childhood friends was greatly involved with the Westman Island Fab Lab while it was being established. Through him, I learned about the various machines, and fell in love with the ideology. Fast forward 10 years, a Bachelor's degree, a son, a whole bunch of historical reenactment and a Master's degree and here I am. I am currently working at the high school on the small island my husband grew up on, teaching innovation, fablab, cultural studies and more.
It is worth mentioning that my Master's thesis was on the making of future entrepreneurs. It can be found by following the link below.A bit about my skillset The Making of Future Entrepreneurs
From a young age, my mom tought me all I know about weaving, sewing, knitting, crochet, felting, leatherwork and more.
While I'm no artist, I know the basics of sketching my ideas so I can continue working on them.
My dad is a carpenter. He taught me a lot about the basics of treating wood.
In the past few months I have become very familiar with Inkscape, enabling me to tackle most design related challenges.