Dog Controlled Light Switch




About: I am a novice cad designer and I own a modified cube 3, modified r1+, and a modified SD4. I design things in tinkercad and fusion 360. I also am into programming and most recently arduino. More projects comi...

Me and my robotics team created a light switch that dogs can operate. I am not sure quite how to train a dog but we talked to an expert and it should not be too hard.

Step 1: Supplies I Used

  • Light switch to put it on
  • 1/4 in. Wooden polls
  • 1/2 in. dry wall screws
  • painter's tape or glue
  • 3-D printed parts

Step 2: Tools I Used

  • Tinkercad
  • 3-D printer
  • Screwdriver
  • Impact driver

Step 3: Design

Started by designing the switch plate. I started a rectangle then rounded it cut it in half and pushed it down a little. Then added hole for switch. Added screw holes. Next I added a lever to it to turn it light on and off. Next I created a guide that also served as scratch protection for the wall. To design that I created a rectangle. Rounded it. Cut it in half and pushed it down a little. Cut holes in it for screws. That makes the scratch plate. Then I created another rectangle. Added it to front of scratch plate. Cut holes for wooden bars.

Step 4: Printing

Print handles in glow and the dark filament. Print other parts in any other color.

Step 5: Assembling

Cut bars too length. Put switch plate on top of existing switch plate. Screw in or stick guide onto wall. Attach bars. Use glue to attach them or use painter tape to make it fit tight..



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    2 years ago

    That's a neat idea! I think if he could switch the lights on he would wake us up often though, I'd have to keep it downstairs. :)

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks, we actually talked to an expert who said that its possible to train a dog to do it on command