Rebuilding your working prototype
by: Jefferey Alan Wilson Sr.
"I Made it at TechShop-San Jose Ca."
Reconstructing a green solar smart home prototype.
An Introduction to Basic Model Making 101
I have been a 'Model Maker' my entire life. I am considered a 'Master Model Maker".
I have been to college for model making.
I had a business making forensic models for courtroom litigation support for attorneys.
So, here are some fundamentals about model making.
1). In industrial modeling making class they teach you there are 3 types of models.
(a). White color cardboard study models.
(b). Three color cardboard study models.
(c). Presentation scale models.
2). There are also, very sophisticated testing models, such as wind tunnel testing and of course hobbies level models.
3). I respectfully submit a new category: "working prototype models with Arduino boards or Smart Models'.
What makes a Master Model Maker?
A lot of common sense things, experience, and quality.
But there is one issue that you see very little on: What happens when you make a big mistake and mess-up your model?
This is the area where the master model maker really shines.
The model you see below is a three color cardboard study solar model with brass framing.
After I was done with real time solar studies I decided to upgrade the model to a investor presentation model.
The decision to use the original parts for the NEW model is part of what makes it sustainable. It saves material but also design time and labor. Several friends told me to start a new prototype. But I said no, the whole point of green is to infuse sustainability in everything we do.
The pictures below are:
-The solar model lighting up LEDs at night from batteries it charged during the day.
-The model during the day with real miniature solar panels charging batteries.
-A white color cardboard study model to be used as an addition into the final presentation model.
The next step was to pour a new foundation-OMG! I made a big mistake.
Step 1: Break Down the Model
1). I have already started to break down the model. The adhesives to hold the brass together have broken down and became brittle due to extreme heat and UV exposure to the sun. This model was originally a solar panel study model exposed to the sun all day during the summer.
2) You can see the small solar panels I used generate the radiation collection to the batteries.
3). On the top of the model you can see the mini circuit of the LED lights.