2018-10-03 (W) POVFan Electronic Hand Fan

Progress on the POVFan halted after it became clear that programming the controller was not a simple process. The clarity came when a commentator said he appreciated projects which used a socket for commercial controller boards as opposed to embedded chips. A commercial controller board would be like an Arduino, Teensy, or DigiSpark. The second piece came with the availability of a laser engraver. Since it was not necessary to mass produce these fans, a one-off MVP with laser-cut wood panels and loose wires would be acceptable.

Embellishments for the fan blades were made to decorate the wooden panels. Four different designs were drawn by hand using a brush pen. These designs were translated into vectors using GIMP so they could be cut out with the laser machine. All the patterns were meant to be abstract.

Embellishment drawings

The fan blades were cut with the intention of removing all the embellishment area. Incorrect settings on the laser engraver lead to very scorched parts.

Ineffective laser cutting

Github repository with my engraver projects, including "POVFan Blades.dxf"

The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date

First time here?

Completed projects from year 1
Completed projects from year 2
Completed projects from year 3
Completed projects from year 4
Completed projects from year 5

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