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19. Project development.

Introduction:

My final project development will consist in the design and manufacture of a device inspired on this form factor:

Milk Checker

Datasheet

Concepts of form factor and electronics:

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What tasks have been completed, and what tasks remain?

Due to a short of time caused by health issues I’ve decided to cut tasks and

Completed tasks:

  • Identify cow in production using RFID.
  • Display information of current process.

Remaining tasks:

  • Measure the quantity of milk produced by identified cow.
  • Estimate the Quality of milk based in its content of Fat/Protein.
  • Save the data generated per cow.
  • Send data over USB, serial communication.

New tasks added:

  • Identify fresh and 5 days not refrigerated milk.

What has worked? what hasn’t?

The DAC output of my final project has worked but with a Frequency limited to 1 KHz, to increase the frequency of the signal generated I’ve worked on a Multivibrator circuit. To generate an AC signal up to 1 MHz frequency.

What questions need to be resolved?

The correlation between dielectric spectroscopy and the quality of milk based in the proportion of Fat and Protein needs to be approached in detail and with access to a production facility.

What will happen when?

week01 to week16 week17 week18 week19 week20
General and user research
Proposals, Hardware, Software, Interaction
Second prototype, Workbench test.
First prototype, workbench test, feedback and rework
Video demo

what have you learned?

During the last four weeks I’ve experimented with different things for my final project especially for the electronics here I summarize the most important things I’ve learned.

Electronic circuits design in details

During the weeks I’ve learned how to produce electronics in different shapes by importing contour files in DXF format in Kicad.

Button board with LEDs:

electronics_01

Immersive electrode for the transmission of Alternate Current signals:

electronics_02

SAMD11C14 based board for DAC 1 Khz and Analog to Digital capturing:

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Usage of connectors for clean wiring of electronics:

prototyping_01

I’ve made a USB cable connector using a 4 pin connector instead of the USB milled connector used during the weeks on my designs.

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Packaging

I’ve made several iterations in the packaging development the common failures were caused by:

  • Kerf.
  • Brittleness of materials.
  • Mechanical assembly of laser cut pieces.

packaging_02

This first prototype was impossible to assembly without breaking the pieces due to its tighten assembly connections.

packaging_01

Prototyping and iteration

Prototyping takes time, its the most obvious thing but it can be hard to make it on time without considering every component.

For that I’ve reasoned in the next following steps for a successful project integration:

  • Initial form factor design
  • User interaction considerations
  • Inputs and outputs
  • Electronics design
  • Power supply selection
  • Location of components inside and outside the package
  • Wiring
  • Packaging design
  • Joining mechanisms

This reassembles the FabAcademy program and now I’ve a better understanding about the order of the assignments we have been following during this weeks.

DAC Signal generation with SAMD11C14 microcontroller.

I’ve learned to generated signals using the MPLAB IDE of Microchip with the Harmony library.

This is the result observed in the oscilloscope.

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Last update: June 17, 2021