Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
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Multi Layer Sticker

I created the Dog Bird and Spiderman logo during the lab section as we were introduced to making multi layered stickers

For the assignment, I started off from an icon of a person with headphones on. I decided to add sound waves to represent the music being played, and put everything inside a bubble, as listening to music can put people in their own world.

I decided to put a base layer of light gray as a simple circle. The blue bubble was added on top, then the person, then the sound wave, then the headphones.

Everything worked out fine until the cutting. For some reason, the vinyl cutter was offset an inch to the right, and therefore the two large circles did not get cut out properly. The yellow sound wave was small enough that it wasn’t affected by the offset. Consequently, I had to re print the two circle shaped stickers by simply putting them an inch to the right on the board.

Also, I had designed the sticker such that the sound wave would be covered by the headphones, but the cutting process made the sound wave smaller. However, I am still satisfied by the final product.

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Storyboard

For the storyboard, we choose a smart table for a restaurant setting. The smart table could give useful information about the food in a restaurant. There are many uses for an interactive, smart menu, and the aspect I focused on was providing visual information along with a simple description of the food.

I enjoy going to different cultural restaurants on campus. Sometimes, however, menus in restaurants are not very descriptive, and only contain the name of the dish. Furthermore, the names are just foreign menu names written phonetically in English. To add to the difficulties, some restaurants have over 200 menu items. Consequently, I often end up getting the menus that I know about, which is only a small portion of the menu.

A smart table with an embedded digital menu would be able to solve all the problems mentioned above. The menu would include the name of the dish, a few images, some descriptions, and allergy information. This would let people know what the certain dishes are, and the menu could also have a search function that could either look for certain spiciness, or exclude certain ingredients.

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Laser Nametag

Motivation

For the first assignment, we designed and made a name tag using a laser cutter. I wanted to incorporate my passion for computer programming in the design, and I decided to design a name tag that resembles a computer monitor.

Build Process

Using Inkscape, I started designing my name tag. In order to make the name tag look more like a computer monitor, I decided to print the name tag in three different portions. The bottom layer would be what’s displayed in a monitor, and would have my name, along with some abstract lines that resemble code. It would also have space for the bezel, and the monitor stand. The middle layer would be the actual bezel of the monitor, along with the monitor stand. The screen portion of the middle layer would be hollow, in order to have the name tag really resemble an actual computer monitor. The top layer would just cover the bezel of the monitor for a final aesthetic touch. The bottom layer would be 1/8 inch plywood, the middle layer would be 1/16 inch plywood, and the top layer would be acrylic.

I printed the middle and top layer using the Epilog laser, which was considerably easier to use than the Universal laser. The bottom layer was printed with the Universal. The top two layers printed without any issues.

The bottom layer, however, presented some problems. The plywood was too thick, and had to be cut three times. Consequently, a large part of the layer was burnt. However, as I was planning on making a three-layer name tag, and the burnt part was to be covered up by other layers, I just proceeded with making my name tag.

The final process was glueing all three layers together. I first glued the bottom and middle layer, and once it dried, I glued the top layer to finish my name tag.

Final Product

Reflection

I am generally pleased with the final product. It is close to what I imagined in my head, and I think it reflects my interests quite well. Although the burn marks are slightly noticeable, I don’t think it’s too much of an issue.

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