Paper is the theme and I've had something spacy, copperish in my mind which includes illumination and most of all a lot of fun making it.
And here it is: copper one - the PCS-Rocket (PaperCircuitSheet-Rocket)
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Step 1: The Gear I've Used
- Acrylic Paints (black, gold, dark brown)
- Palette Knife/Brush
- Glue/Tape (any kind of)
- Copper Band (self-adhesive) and Copper Wire
- LEDs (from flashlights)
- Battery holder and Batteries (from flashlights)
- Push Button Switch (from flashlights)
- Lever Nuts
- Wire Stripper
- 3D Printer
- PLA Filament (white)
- Software: Tinkercad, ideaMaker, paint.net
Please take all necessary safety precautions while working with heat, sharp objects, electricity, vapors or resulting gases, bright light and whatever could endanger your health.
Step 2: The Prototypes
I made two prototypes to figure out the final design and where to add the components. I designed a 2D model in Tinkercad and added the wiring in paint.net.
Step 3: The Battery Box and the Nose
Battery Box: I shaped a paper cylinder, taped the name tag on and added the cover lids and battery holder.
Nose: I shaped a paper cone from a semicircle and taped it on the PCS. The copper band is just decor.
Step 4: The LEDs
To make it as simple as possible I took two cheap flashlights* apart and pulled out the needed components:
- 2 LED boards
- 1 battery holder
- 1 push button switch
I also cut out pieces of LED stripes in the preferred length as well.
All LEDs set to run at 4.5 V and run off three AA or AAA batteries.
My flashlights came with an AAA battery holder so I used this one.
* Using the components from flashlights was inspired by Punished Props Academy - Easy LED Lights for Cosplay!
I usually don't like to destroy working things but in this case I went for the simplest and cheapest way.
Step 5: The Paper Moon
I spontaneously decided to create a very simple paper moon. The USB-LEDs are powered autonomously via a power bank.
Step 6: The PaperCircuitSheet
2.1 The Rocketshape
Well, I'm not very good when it comes to drawing, so after I found a picture of the Ariane 5 Rocket on the internet I decided to go for this shape.
I streched out the picture because I needed more room for the components in the center of the rocket's body.
I transferd the shape to the papersheet using my black acrylic paint and palette knifes.
2.2 The Copper Band
I guess, copper band is often used in railway model making to tap the electricity at any point you like. And that's excactly what I was looking for.
I cut the pieces in the length I've measured on my prototype-models and because it is self-adhesive I just taped it on the papersheet in the places I picked out.
2.3 The Wiring
I took a red wire for the positive pole and a green wire for the negative pole for most parts of the build and started to find out which connection would make the LEDs shine.
I forwent soldering and taped, glued, pinned, tacked and crimped it. For some parts of the cable links I used lever nuts - this made it very easy. BUT to be completely blunt: Not soldering isn't the most reliable solution.
2.4 The 3D Printing
I 3D printed the cover lids for the battery holder and the name tag in white PLA filament; dry brushed with the acrylic paint. Because I had no copper paint in store I mixed gold and a little bit of dark brown.
Step 7: Thank You …
... for reading, watching and paying attention. I have summarized all the pictures in a video.
I hope you will find this any kind of inspiring. It was fun to make and always is a learning experience. I think, this could be a nice project to do with kids. Maybe in shape of a car or a building - like a castle.
You may have noticed that my PCS-Rocket wasn't built for enternity. As I mentioned before if you want it more solid I recommend to solder or use (luster/terminal) clamps or whatever makes it sturdy.
Please let me know if you've made one by yourself.
Hopefully Auf Wiedersehen in one of my next instructables.
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