2015-03-27 (F) Weekly Summary

The 3D Printed Automatic Tea Maker was completed. During the process I found a web service which allows me to easily put 3D models online and you can look at the models easily. Thingiverse didn't offer anything as streamlined that I could find. The biggest hurdle of the project was to create the enclosure and 3D printed parts which was still new to me. But that was the point in this project: I wanted to teach myself about 3D modeling. There was a lot of wasted space in the enclosure and the footprint for the LCD screen wasn't totally accurate but the project came together. Not only did I learn a lot about the modeling but the project worked so it was ultimately a very successful project.





The tea maker ran as well as I had hoped. The interface is easy to understand and intuitive, at least I think so. Users turn the potentiometer to the desired time, which is shown on the screen and press the start button. If the they aren't sure what time to select the screen also shows the tea name. The video below shows the operation. The files necessary for someone to copy the project have been made public. To make understanding the project easier an Instructable was made which shows step-by-step how to make a copy.


Video of tea maker operation

Files for 3D Printed Automatic Tea Maker:
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A new project was started. This project was based on previous distance sensors which translated distance to pressure through a servo. The version created by me was not trying to revolutionize or do anything new but instead was meant to make the project more accessible. With a 3D printer and some soldering a user could gain sonar sense in a very small package. The largest component was a USB battery pack. If the project is successful a workshop could be arranged so the skills and device could be spread to the community.


Animation of enclosure progress





The rest of the weekly summaries have been arranged by date.

Completed projects from year 1.
Completed projects from year 2.


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