Get your favorite character out of the television or immerse yourself by (literally) stepping into the story!. The TV-machine is an imaginary machine created by Sem Beckers and developped by Joyce Devoogt, Maxim Monsecour, Brecht Forceville and Perry Brienen, four students industrial product design who were assigned to turn Sem's imagination into reality.
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Step 1: Frames Machine, Projector and Conveyor
You'll be starting off by sawing the (21) woodens beams (50x50x2500mm) and (7) MDF-boards (2440x1220x6mm) at the appropriate length.
8 beams: (50x50x)1980mm
8 beams: 1380 mm
8 beams: 640 mm
5 beams: 500 mm
4 beams: 1400 mm
4 beams: 740
3 beams: 480 mm
2 beams: 290 mm
one beam: 720 mm
4 MDF-boards: 1980x740mm
4 MDF-boards: 1500x750mm
2 MDF-boards: 1980x1500mm
Start by connecting the wooden beams (as shown in image 1) with chipboard screws using an electric handdrill. When you have a sturdy frame, you can start screwing on the MDF-boards (as shown in image 2) which will serve as the machine's walls. We want a double-walled frame, as we'll be putting our wiring inside the walls. Make sure to take out the necessary parts (as shown in image 3-4-6).
For the projector part, repeat the process of connecting wooden beams with MDF-boards. We'll again be implementing a small storage container in which the children can store their characters and scenes. This'll be made using small MDF-boards.
After this you can start making the frame for the conveyor (as shown in image 7). Again, use the electric handdrill and chipboard screws. We'll come back later to this to finish it.
Image 8 shows the three main parts for the TV-machine. From left to right: projector part, secondary part of the TV-machine and the primary part of the TV-machine.
Step 2: Control Panel
Through the control panel you'll be able to adjust the current scene by implementing wind, changing lights or changing the music.
Step 3: Conveyor
Our next step will be finishing the conveyor. Because this is going to be the entrance of the machine, we have chosen not to make it an actual functioning conveyor. Therefore we'll be using PVC tubes (around 1-3 cm in diameter), tarp(aulin), screws and glue.
Start by sawing the tubes to the same width (580 mm) as the frame. After that you'll have to drill holes in the tubes in order to be able to screw them on the bottom plate (1000 x 580 mm). Before you wrap the tarp over the tubes you'll need to apply a little bit of blue. Wrap it tightly over the sides and lock it in place using screws.
Step 4: Interior
The work needed for the interior will consist of four things:
- Storage for clothing/attributes (MDF-boards)
- Projection screen (shower curtain; roughly 1400 x 1900 mm)
- Coverscreen (projection screen, any other large paintable surface will do)
- Installing a radio/boxes for music
Begin with making a bigger version of the previous storage box for the characters/scenes using MDF-boards and your electric handdrill + screws.
For the projection screen we happened to stumble upon a shower curtain with roughly the dimensions (as shown in image 1) we needed. Any other large transparent sheet of fabric might work, but we found we had the best results with the shower curtain.
The coverscreen is made by removing a projection screen from it's stand and either painting a large test card (image 2) on it or making a mosaic with paper (image 3).
Integrate the boxes in the unused part of the machine where you please. We'd place them in the corners of the ceiling.
Step 5: Exterior
The only thing that remains is giving the machine an identity. When listening to Sem explaining his machine, we imagined a heavy industrial machine. We want to achieve this by adding diamond/checker plates to the exterior, aswell as incorperating bolts and nuts to really get the massive, metallic look we're looking for.
Sem also told us that his machine works on nuclear waste, a nice touch that we definitely wanted to implement in the eventual machine.
We did this by taking three old paintbuckets, painting them black and then using a stencil for the 'nuclear waste-logo' in yellow. To make it look even cooler we let some green paint run down from the edges (as shown in image 1).
To incorporate wind and smoke you can install several fans where you please in the main part of the machine. The smoke can be made with a water mister installed in the two smokestack tubes on the roof.
Make sure to use the right transformators/relays when dealing with several electric devices/installations!