2023-07-07 (F) Weekly Summary

I improved my Instructable by fixing issues, explaining the sparse criteria, retaking my cover photo. I uploaded the files to GitHub and called the project as uccess, but with room for improvements next time.

I dreamed up a cryptex with keyboard letters that would require a password to expose clues for a multi-step puzzle. It would have six keywitches on a hexagonal column, and LEDs on top to indicate incorrect passwords and a cooldown timer. The bottom panel could be released via magnets to reveal a USB port that transmits clues when the correct password is entered.
KeyRyptex concept drawing

I designed a strip to hold six keyswitches with notches in between. A six-sided interior piece adds structure with a circular center for electronics. I added removable rings to prevent accidental presses and convey a "rotary lock" aesthetic.
Drafted components for 2mm material

I could not fit all the components on a 300x300 sheet, so I left out the six-key slats. The assembly went well, and all the parts fit together snugly. I avoided potential problems by mentally assembling the unit beforehand. Now I'm excited to see it with keyswitches installed
Wooden tower

I made a smaller design for comparison, with closer keys and a hexagon top. The assembly went well, but it was fragile and needs wider tabs. I plan to add wire passages and an RGB light at the top.
First and second models

I redesigned the keyboard to have one tab per keyswitch hole and four magnets holding the bottom cover. The pieces do not fit as securely, so I may need to glue them. I added a 5mm LED bezel to the top which looks great.
All the towers

The rest of the summary posts have been arranged by date.
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Completed projects from year 5
Completed projects from year 6
Completed projects from year 7
Completed projects from year 8

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