Toddler Controlled Light Switch for 1/4" Poles




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...

I created a toddler controlled light switch based off of my dog controlled light switch. Some people were concerned about the safety of this switch so it no longer uses string.

Step 1: Supplies I Used

  • 1/4 in. wooden poll
  • 3-D printed parts

Step 2: Tools I Used

  • Tinkercad
  • 3D printer

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. Then I created A sphere and pulled it up to create an oval shape cut cylinder hole through it.

Step 4: Assembly

Attach wooden polls to switch plate and handles. Screws on top of existing switch plate.



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    4 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Is the string safe to have around young children? The strings that move blinds up and down can kill little kids.

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    Reply 1 year ago

    See what I said for the suggestion above. I will add that the strings should be short to the guide and eventually will add a version which uses wooden polls.


    1 year ago

    I like your design and it is an interesting idea but I have one suggestion. I think the strings should be as short as possible and should probably be 2 separate pieces tied to the lever separately. In recent years, people have become much more aware of the dangers of strings and ropes that hang from things like blinds and curtains and present a strangulation hazard. Otherwise, well done!

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    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks for the suggestions. It is two separate pieces of string. I also made a dog controlled light switch which uses wooden polls and can be used like this light switch. I could even adapt the handles to use the wooden polls