This week we were tasked to create an object utilizing a motor of sorts. My idea: create a music box utilizing the light sculpture I made in Week 3: Trying Not To Fall In Love With The Laser.
The first thing to get cut was the music part of the music box. Reason: no time. The second thing that happened was that my stepper motor didn’t come in on time. But! Our illustrious fab teacher Ben took pity on me and lent me one of his. I laser printed the motor mount (which apparently I wouldn’t have needed anyway?).
Unfortunate event #2: The motor’s wiring was not sound.
Anyway, here’s a pic of my setup and what it would have done:
Third thing to fall apart: the airtight lip on my enclosure that was supposed to go around the mount that would hold the light sculpture above the motor would not stick.
And even if it would? Lack of sleep meant that I forgot to cut a hole in the stupid stand anyway.
So I ended up using my old stand.
Here’s what I wanted to happen:
Alas, it was but a pipe dream. This is what I landed on:
Takeaways: Planning is key. Even if my motor didn’t work at the last minute, there was nothing stopping me from testing out the other element of my setup and realizing they wouldn’t work earlier on.
I still want to work on this though, because creating this light sculpture was one of my favorite things to work on this semester.