Introduction: Build the Trophy Stand - 3D Print

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Lesson Overview:

In the next lesson you will make a trophy stand to hide the buzzer and will act as a switch. When you place your Stanley Cup trophy in the stand conductive material on the bottom of the trophy will close a circuit to Light the Lamp.

Check out the entire "Anaheim Ducks: Light the Lamp Challenge" project on Tinkercad

Step 1: Overview

Now that we have learned about the circuit to Light the Lamp we need to create a trophy stand, but this isn't just any trophy stand it is the stand for your Stanley Cup.

More importantly this trophy stand will hide the buzzer and will act as a switch. When you place your Stanley Cup trophy in the stand conductive material on the bottom of the trophy will close a circuit to Light the Lamp and sound the buzzer.

In this lesson you will build the trophy stand around some starting components like the buzzer and the trophy.

In the image below you can see the final trophy stand (on the left) and the same image with the stand set to be a hole. This shows you that inside the trophy stand we will be designing openings and channels that the wiring can be run through.

Let's get started!

Instructions

  1. Drag a box onto the Workplane and size it to be 60mm long, 40mm deep, and 18mm tall.

  2. Change the stand shape to a hole. This will only be a temporary change to help us see whats going on inside the box as we design. Before we finish the lesson we will change the box back to a color.

  3. Select the trophy/buzzer (they are currently grouped) and the stand and select Align from the Adjust menu.

  4. Align the shapes so they are centered on one another.

  5. Continue to the next step.

Step 2: Create an Opening for the Buzzer

In this step we will create some space for the the buzzer to hide inside the stand and we will make and opening for the battery wires to sneak under the stand to reach the buzzer.

Instructions

  1. Drag a box onto the Workplane and position the box so it completely surrounds the buzzer.

    The position doesn't need to be perfect at this point, we will align things as we continue through the lesson.

  2. Change the box to a hole to help us see the buzzer inside the stand.

  3. Size the box to be 35mm deep and 18mm wide.

  4. Select all the shapes and select Align from the Adjust menu.

  5. Align the shapes along the center of the stand.

  6. Use your arrow keys on the keyboard to move the buzzer cut so the buzzer is centered in the box.

  7. Use the white dot on top of the buzzer cut out to reduce the height of the cut out to 16mm.

    This should make the buzzer cut out below the top of the stand, but above the top of the buzzer.

  8. Next we need to make an opening on the stand so we can run wires into the stand and connect to the buzzer.

    Drag a box onto the Workplane and size it to 10mm long, 3mm deep, and 10mm long.

  9. Change the box to a hole and use the arrow keys to nudge the shape into the stand. The goal is to make an opening that reaches from the outside of the stand to the buzzer cut out.

  10. You now have all the shapes positioned to make the buzzer cut out. Select the stand shape, the first shape you created in this lesson, and change it to a color.

    Make sure to leave the buzzer box and the wire box as holes, that way in when the shapes are grouped an opening will be created in the bottom of the stand.

  11. Select the Buzzer box, the wire box, and the stand and combine them into a single object by clicking the group button on the toolbar.

    Hint: To make sure the cut worked you can rotate your view and look at the bottom of the stand. It should look like the image below if all the shapes were positioned correctly.

  12. Continue to the next step.

Step 3: Create Trophy Opening

We will need an opening in the trophy stand where we can place the trophy to Light the Lamp.

While creating the opening we will also create an area where we can insert aluminum foil in the bottom. This aluminum foil will be connected to the circuit and when the trophy is placed in the opening the aluminum foil on the trophy will bridge the gap and close the circuit.

Let's get started!

Instructions

  1. Change the stand to a hole again so you can see inside the stand as you work.

    Don't forget we will need to change this back to a color before we group other shapes with it.

  2. Drag a cylinder onto the Workplane and size it to 32mm in diameter.

  3. Change the cylinder to a hole.

  4. Select all the shapes and select Align from the Adjust menu.

  5. Align the shapes to the center of the trophy stand.

  6. Select the Cylinder and use the arrows on the keyboard to nudge the cylinder to be centered on around the Stanley Cup model.

  7. We don't want the hole for the trophy to go all the way through the stand, so select the cylinder and use the black arrow on top to lift the cylinder up off the Workplane 3mm.

  8. We are now ready to cut the opening for the trophy, but first we need to change the trophy stand from a hole back to a color. Select the trophy stand and change it from a hole to a color.

  9. Select the trophy stand and the cylinder and combine them into a single object by clicking the Group button on the toolbar.

  10. Continue to the next step.

Step 4: Create Wire Paths

Way to go, you are almost there!

In this step we need to create openings for the wires to pass between the buzzer opening and the bottom of the trophy hole we just created.

Instructions

  1. Once again, before we start, change the trophy stand to a hole so we can see inside.

  2. At this point we are finished with the buzzer and the Stanley Cup, so you can move them off to the side of the workplane out of the way.

  3. Drag a box onto the Workplane and size it to be 20mm long, 5mm wide, and 5mm tall.

  4. Change the box to a hole.

  5. Select the box and duplicate it by selecting Duplicate from the Edit menu.

  6. Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to nudge the box into the stand so it connects the Buzzer opening and the trophy hole.

  7. Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move the second wire hole to the opposite side from the shape we just moved.

  8. We are now ready to group the stand and the wire holes together, but we need to change the stand back to a solid color.

    Select the stand and change it to a color.

  9. Select the stand and the wire holes and combine them into a single object by clicking the Group button on the toolbar.

  10. Continue to the next step.

Step 5: Prepare the Hole for Electrical Connections

We are going to use aluminum foil to create contacts for our switch in the bottom of the trophy hole.

When we do this we do not want the foil on one side of the hole to touch the foil on the other side. Instead we want our trophy to bridge the gap between the contacts to close the circuit when we place the trophy in the hole on the stand.

To help make this easier we will add a small separator in the bottom of the hole.

Instructions

  1. Drag a box onto the Workplane and size it to be 36mm long, 5mm wide, and 6mm tall.

  2. Select the stand and the separator and select Align from the Adjust menu.

  3. Align the separator to the center of the stand and to the end near the trophy hole.

  4. Select the stand and the separator and combine them into a single object by clicking the Group button on the toolbar.

  5. Continue to the next lesson.

Step 6: Continue to the Next Lesson

If you don't have access to a 3D printer, this lesson explains how to create a trophy stand with foam core.

Next Lesson:Stanley Cup Trophy Stand - Craft

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