My Name is Dominique York and I am a Junior at Boston Preparatory Charter School, and i am also a returning youth teach at an awesome program called Lear2Teach Teach2Learn. Where we learn many different technologies such as scratch, pico and mod kit, as well as arduino and soldering all during the spring. Then in the summer we go to many different community centers to expose these technologies to children all over the metro Boston area. During the spring I was apart of this week long program called Artbotics, which was when i was first introduced to modkit and laser cutting in what they call the fabrication laboratory. The project that i will be showing you is my final project for the spring of 2012.
For this project, you will need the following things :
-Servo Motor (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9065)
-2 Headphone Jacks (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10159)
-Wood (3mm plywood - 4 12" squares)
-Lasercutter (We have an Epilog at the South End Technology Center @ Tent City)
-Arduino (I used a Duemilanove, but it has now been replaced by the Uno: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11021 )
-Modkit MotoProto Board (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10018; need to solder on headers - https://www.sparkfun.com/products/116)
-Computer with Modkit Micro Software Link (www.modk.it), Inkscape and Open Office Draw (Open Source Software)
-USB connector cord for connecting Arduino and computer
-Caliper for measuring
-Acrylic Paint for decorating
-hot glue gun
Step 1: Servo
The main attraction of my kinetic sculpture involved servo motor that worked a lever mechanism to make the choir sway to a gospel tune.
I designed my choir and its levered mechanism using Libre Draw. A screen shot of my Libre Office file is attached and it is annotated with all the dimensions.
To put it all together:
- I placed part 2 behind both parts 4 and 1
(be sure that the servo hole in part 1 isn't where both part 4 and 2 connect with part 1)
- Once the holes are all in line, push the pegs through the holes
- Moving on to the next side, place part 3 behind part 4, but in front of part 1
- Then, place the pegs in the hole and be sure that they are secure.
(once everything is put in place, make sure that the pegs aren't too loose;
if they are, then you might want to get a wider peg or you could create your
own circular stoppers to keep the pegs from moving back and forth)
- Once you are done, you can place the servo motor in the space cut out for it.
- Then you can begin laser cutting the people in the choir using a Libre Office file (see the attached file)
- Once you cut our your choir, then you can begin decorating them and
hot gluing them onto part 4 of your servo motor mechanism.