2017-07-07 (F) Weekly Summary

One of the PCBs was messing up; it wouldn't properly toggle an output so it was swapped out for one of the professionally manufactured PCBs. All the components were soldered in place and the problems went away with the homemade board. The professional board was also nicer looking and cut to exactly the right size.

Integrating the professional PCB

One of the professionally made infrared sensing boards was assembled and added to the LED strips. These boards were accidentally made with the solder pads only on the top. Electrically this still works but the infrared receivers had to be soldered from above which was inconvenient. Testing with an infrared remote and different color LED configurations showed that the board worked exactly as desired.

Infrared sensing board

A new length of ABS pipe was covered in masking tape and holes were marked to drill everything necessary for the tagger like the button, switch, PCB and accessory rail riser. Measurements were also made to attach the printable handle and foregrip. These were intended to be attached with glue so regions were simply mapped off.

Marked and drilled tagger pipe

All the hole marking on the tagger was documented in a couple easy-to-reference sketches so more pipes could be produced quickly and repeatedly. In this way, a single day can be spent cutting and drilling pipes instead of a single day spent cutting and drilling a single pipe. This uniformity should also help players who happen to pick up different taggers.

Diagram of top measurements
Diagram of bottom measurements

ABS cement seemed like a good choice for bonding the plastic handles and plastic pipe. This was my first time using ABS cement, which seemed similar to PVC chemical welding. If the bonds hold up after they cure, this method will be used for the rest of the handles and maybe some of button and switch pieces too.

Completed pipe

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