Step 15: Prototyping with 123D Make and cardboard

Once we had a basic design for Noodle's enclosure, we wanted to create an object that approximated the enclosure without using 1kg of expensive 3d printing material. To do this, we imported the enclosure into 123d Make, which sliced the model into chunks that could be laser cut and reassembled into a single 3d object. Once we had this cardboard prototype (held together with masking tape) we could just drop all the components inside and get a feeling for where they could fit best.

Four main things guided the placement of the components:

1. Overall weight distribution. The battery rests near the bottom of Noodle to help keep Noodle upright.

2. Support material: the 3d printer uses a significant amount of support material, and you have to remove the material after printing before the print is usable. Instead of designing solid platforms for supporting the battery, for example, we used posts that the support material could be removed around. This also reduced the weight of enclosure. Similarly, the battery holder has holes in it to allow the support material to be removed in large chunks.

3. Cabling: some cables inside Noodle are shorter than others and we needed to make sure everything would run the right distance. The relative placement of the Raspberry Pi to the camera module is the best example of this.

4. A playful aesthetic: we tried to give Noodle speakers for ears and other a microphone and camera for eyes. We considered using the screen as a mouth but found it to be difficult to integrate visually.

<p>can you answer me please i am in eighth grade and I am making this for language arts. ASAP</p>
<p>how long did this take you</p>
<p>may price more than 10 k INR</p>
<p>What is the total price of this?</p>
<p>i really like the design. very well made! </p>
<p>ain't there a video for it? i wanna see it moving @_@ please :|</p>
Does someone have the message: &quot;Cannot read property 'HITId' of undefined&quot; when executing app.js ?
<p>Have you ever considered turning this into Wheatley from Portal 2? that is my ultimate goal for this.</p>
<p>I did some computer vision on the raspberry pi. For instance face detection and feature tracking. I am working on improving it until it is not using all of the raspi computation power, which is currently the case.</p>
<p>Great project and instructions.</p><p>Im confused on how the noodle actually processes events. What is the response time? Can I make it automated or does it have to have a real person always?</p>
<p>Response time from Mechanical Turk is around 5 minutes, but if you follow this Instructable in general and then substitute your own Turk form that posts directly you a dtabase/service you have set up, then you can get the response time down much lower (maybe 30 seconds).</p><p>Some basic things can be done automatically (like motion detection or basic speech to text) but we were focusing on the manual things.</p>
<p>Am sorry if i skipped but i found no video of your robot. A video would be really nice.</p>
<p>There isn't a video, mainly because the pictures are more representative :) The video would mostly show it playing sounds or putting pictures on the screen, or doing something more digital with the network.</p>
this is amazing! It never ceases to amaze me what people can do with a raspberry pi - you are a genius
<p>Need a video of the robot please!</p>
Oh,so intreseting
<p>Great job!</p>
<p>Amazing. You should enter in a contest. You'll be sure to win something</p>
Love it.

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