Final Project Development

Two weeks to go!

I’ve made some experiences with deadlines during years working as a freelancer. So I’m kind of used to working with a tight schedule on project base, though in this case I have to take under consideration some new aspects:

  • I’m working first time with this type of projects and techniques! It’s all an experiment for me.
  • I’m in fablab - have to remember about that that machines can be out of order, there will be bugs to solve, people that I need to ask for a hand can be not present at that moment…

Becouse I’ve already experienced so many times during this course that the things are not going acording to the schedule I’ve decided to make ratherthe to-do list according to the importance of execution, than a time-based plan.

What is done and which problem occurs:

  1. cut on the laser felt-stripes-modules and test it
  2. sew test with conductive thread in Janome machine and test it’s conductivity

Cutting felt with laser worked out very well. I have some problems with Janome embroidery machine. After two days of cracking the software and trying outs I managed to geta nice piece of the sewed material (based on pattern saved as jpg). Than I wanted to sew other pieces with the proper material though seems like ther is something wrong with the machine again…and I don’t get what is wrong. I’mout of the ideasso have to wait for Anastasia from text-lab and getthe professional tipp.

To-do giant list:

First week:

  1. if it works sew all the the pieces on Janome
  2. makea composite from plywood and felt for circular holder
  3. cut outlines of stripes with the laser and test each of them
  4. pull them through circular holder, wire everything togeter and test

Second week:

  1. built an assembly from electronics: raspberry pi, capacitance sensor, output board for motors, battery, four stepper motors
  2. write code for capacitance sensor output board for motors using software serial communication. Test it with one motorand. If it works test it with four.
  3. design and mill the squary piece for electronics
  4. place the elctronics and motors on the board
  5. build a magnetic snapping machanism between sensor and electronics board
  6. make an frame by frame animation in Illustrator
  7. modify the processing code to play this animation when sensor is touched (software serial communication)
  8. 3D print the holders for the sensor

What have I’ve laerned

Well, I kind of new that…that is always better to save more time before the deadlnine, not to be in crazy rush. Thought I’ve also realised that when I’m in rush I’m finding some extra energy to use and I’m more efficient!