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Iteration Project- Aisha Motan

The project i chose to do my iteration piece around was the laser name tag. My previous one had some issues with the globe. This time around, I wanted to incorporate other techniques I have learned thus far in the class. They first thing I did was design my project on a piece of paper and I realized I wanted to run with my previous world idea. This time, I wanted it to be more focused on that. Originally, I designed my project to raster in the globe, however the day i went into use the laser machine it was down so I thought to myself what can I do to make this equally creative but still incorporate all my ideas. From that, I laser cut a circle and removed the globe from inside of it so it just rastered my name on to the bottom of the circle. Here is the progress picture of the laser cutter and the design on the computer.


Then, I used the globe design to cut out a sticker of the globe, I did two layers of the sticker, the ocean part blue and the land part green. Getting the pieces where they were supposed to go was very difficult because of how small the vinyl pieces were but all in all i was really happy with how the globe fit together and it ended up being my favorite part. Here is a picture of globe sticker I created. 

Another difficult part was centering the globe onto the circle which a major part of my original design. The next step was getting that on there which I did by using the transfer tape. Then came a more complicated part. I wanted to add lights around the world to make it look like there were stars surrounding it. I added two lights on each side. Getting the copper tape to loop around and connecting the negatives to positives was difficult but drawing it out on paper before starting helped so much. I ended up getting all four to work and I was really happy with the end product. I like this name tag much more than the last one, especially because of all the new tools I used to get it to look how i wanted it to look. Here is my final design with the lights and with the lights in a darker setting. 

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Pom pom bot – Aisha Motan

Hi, this week we learned how to use our arduinos to make sensors move. In doing so we created pom pom bots. My pom pom bot was inspired by the volkswagon van and I wanted to make it puffy and able to stand on its own and have its own very original vibe. In my first iteration, I age it thicker popsicle stand legs to get it to move because I thought since my bot seemed a bit heavy it would need larger legs to keep it up. I was surprised that my first iteration wasn’t as successful as I thought it would be 


Here is my first iteration:

seeing that this didn’t work because very soon the legs fell off the pom pom bot as I tried to get it to move, i decided to try the complete opposite since my first try was such a fail and went with thin popsicle sticks on their own and this is how that turned out. Honestly, I was hoping this would be better, it wasn’t the best,  but it was definitely not the worst since it still make somewhat of a progress. 


Here is my second iteration:


Finally, seeing that my first two iterations weren’t not that successful I was inspired by my pom pom bot to think outside the box of just one stick since i didn’t just use one color to decorate it. I decided to stick to popsicle sticks together in a cross formation and then add glue on the ends to them to their friction compatible with the table in order for it to move better. I was happy with my last and final iteration. 


Here is my final iteration:


Overall, It was difficult to get my code to work and not seeing any progress on my bot until the second iteration was discouraging but at the end it was amazing to see how a few fixes could really make all the difference and it got my bot to move. Also, I loved my design. I thought it was really cute and it turned out exactly how I wanted it to look with my inspiration in mind. Also adding the hot glue was the most helpful thing because it really added the extra push to get the bot to move properly. If i were to do anything differently, I might not add pom poms to the side of the bot and just leave that empty for the legs to get it to move. Maybe that would help it move more smoothly. 

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arduino project

For this project, we used Arduino kits. I had never used arduino before and it was challenging at first but then easy to get the hang of. Here is what we did in class for our sample Arduino with the code from the Arduino software. It was so cool to see how you could use the code to control the light and how fast it would go and how slow you could make it using the delay. We created an SOS signal with the light using code and delays to get it to give off the proper signal. 


For the project on my own, i used the photo resistor also known as Ky 018, lighting control which detected the presence and absence of light. When light was present it would show low numbers and when it was not present it would show high numbers. Here is how I hooked up the wires to the sensor. This was difficult because at first it wouldn’t work because the code had errors but once i figured it out, it was cool to see how the sensor changed the output depending on the presence and absence of light. I also used my phone flashlight to see how it would change and it dropped the numbers even more to around 40 ish range. 

Here are my results. When the sensor is exposed to light, the numbers range around 118 and when the sensor is not exposed to light and covered, the numbers range around 600-700. 

Here is the graph depiction of my numerical results. 

Here is my story board which talks about watering the plant when there is light present so it waits for the numbers to be low and doesn’t water them when the numbers are high which is also when it is dark out. As you can see, the girl connects the arduino and sensor to the computer and when she sees the lower numbers gets her watering can and when it is dark, she notices the numbers to be high and doesn’t water her plants. 




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E-Textile Soft Circuit

For the past two weeks we have been learning how to create soft circuits and e-textiles. In class we made pouches and learned how to sew LED lights into a sample heart and attached the battery as well. I personally know how to hand sew before hand but learning how to use the sewing and embroidery machine was a lot of fun. On my own, I ran into a few issues and kept having to start over because the thread kept getting caught even though I was following instructions. On my fourth try, It worked and I created the patch that I had wanted to make. My inspiration for this patch would be where I come from. My parents were born and raised in Pakistan and moved here after they were married. I was born here but I have always been raised in a rich cultured environment and I have visited my family back in Pakistan multiple times, almost ever 2-3 years which is fairly often. Growing up, I loved the rickshaws in Pakistan because they are so colorful and beautiful. They all have different color schemes and they’re all over the country. Its the “taxi” to get around anywhere and I love that its pretty specific to that area of the world. I ran into difficulty trying to design the patch on the computer as well. It took a while to get everything to be a certain color and while making the patch, I decided to changed the grey to purple because I thought it would be prettier and brighter which is what I was going for. 

Here is the sample patch from class: 


Here is my patch and in progress shots: 


I decided to put my LED lights on the top because at night rickshaws sometimes light up and it looks really pretty. I went with the color red because I though it would compliment my patch.


Here is my patch with LED lights: 



For my pouch, I decided to go with less colorful options because I really wanted my patch to stand out with the lights and colors. I chose multi fabric because I thought that would look pretty and make the patch stand out. On one side I did black and the other I did this checkered black and white pattern.


Here is sample in class pouch: 


Here is my pouch with my patch and a few progress shots:



Overall, I put a lot of time and thought into my project because I have always wanted to learn how to make patches and how to sew. This project came with a lot of bumps since there were so many parts to it however I am happy with my end product. At first sewing came easy with the sample but when doing the end project, it was a bit tougher but it definitely taught me a lot about how to use the machines and such. One thing I wish I had done would be to cut the fabric smaller, I thought my fabric was pretty small but then after sewing it, i realized it was actually too big. I am most proud of my patch because it turned out exactly how I wanted it. If I had more time, I would change the size of the bag. It was fun to see how I can make something I want to make thru embroidery. I’ve always wanted patches for my jean jackets but i never knew how to make them so this is something I’m very excited about. 

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Aisha Motan 3D printing project

Over the past 2 weeks, we learned about 3D modeling in our lab, and our two field trips to different maker labs across campus. The first Friday, I went to the maker lab in the BIF and made this awesome Illinois shaped key chain and saw first hand how a 3D printer worked. Then in class, we scanned ourselves and played with the scanned versions of ourselves in sculptris and tinkercad. I played around in sculptris and tinkered in class and decided I was more comfortable designing tinkercad. 

Here is my story board: 

Here is what I did in class



Here is the keychain I made in maker lab class 

For my project, I decided to go with the utensil prompt but I took in in my own way and created a little spice rack. At first, I thought I wanted to create a different style cup but then I decided on doing 3 cup shapes joined together by 3 small spheres placed on top of a woven base. I thought this would be cool because one of my biggest hobbies is cooking and I’m always looking for new additions to add to my kitchen. 


We did have a few complications starting the print because it kept messing up because of the bases shape and texture. I restarted 3 times around the beginning thankfully so no significant amount of material or time was wasted. It was around 2 minutes into the print it would mess up so I would restart it. Around the 3rd restart, the lab guru suggested flipping the plate so he did that for me because the original side was dirty so the material wasn’t sticking properly. 

Here is my finished project. I really liked how it turned out, i enjoy the size because it isn’t too big or too small. I love the color and I love that they let me choose which color I wanted to print in that was really nice of them. I especially loved the woven basket type base because the texture is really nice to touch and it looks great. 


Here is my design in tinkercad. At first I was gonna print this without the base but on my way to print I decided it would be better if it had more structure holding up the design. This is perfect for me to put my spices in to cook with and is multifunctional which is something I really like about this as well. 

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Copper Tape Origami


This week I made an origami butterfly in lab. It turned out exactly how I wanted it to with each wing lighting up when it flaps. It was really difficult doing the copper tape because due to the structure of the butterfly, the tape kept breaking and then it wouldn’t light up. I had to do the positive and negative side at least 3x each and even then i thought it wasn’t working until I tried the switch for the 15th time. I really like how it turned out and the color I used for the light in contrast to the pink for the origami paper. Overall, I am happy with my piece and Its something I can use to decorate my room and kind of looks like a night light. I have the one I created in lab on the top with the heart and moon glowing up. I have the final butterfly right underneath it. Underneath my final project I have progress pictures before the circuit and then during the making of the circuit. I also include the lighting up in lab picture below as well. 


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Project #2 Vinyl Sticker

For project 2, I was super excited because I’ve been wanting new laptop stickers to begin with and the possibility of making whatever I wanted was awesome. I decided to make an avocado because I love avocados and I thought it would a cool sticker to make because of the multiple layers.

Also, the best part was that when I went to the box it had 4 shades of green which was perfect for my sticker. I used a lime green color as a the base for the Avocado which was the first sticker I placed as well. After that I placed the brown outer portion. Then I placed the outlining of the pit of the avocado which was a very thin darker green color. This step was challenging because of how think this sticker was. It wouldn’t properly stick to my transfer tape so it took me a few tries to get that to go through. Finally, I placed the brown “pit” part of the avocado. This part I placed with my hands and I did not use transfer tape because I couldn’t get it to place inside the green line properly with it. I had to do it with my hands. 

The final product, I placed on my laptop. If I could change one thing, I would probably wish that i had made it smaller because it took up a lot of space. I messed up by printing a whole other color, which was an even darker green, but I had no piece for that to fit and the lighter green fight the middle color better. I was happy with my final product. 

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Laser Tag- Aisha Motan

I was really excited for this project and wanted to make something that represented my personality. To start off, I chose the shape. I chose it to be a circle because I wanted to go with a global theme. My overall thought process of this was to represent my curiosity as an individual and how i like all parts of my life to intersect. Thats why I incorporate the little girl blowing bubbles because i thought it represented child like wonder and curiosity. Then I chose a globe to substitute the O in my last name becuase I love traveling and exploring new places.

I used an acrylic, lilac colored piece. One side was glossy and the other was matte. I chose to print on the matte side. At first I rastered and then I did the vectoring to see which one i liked better. I made a huge mistake by forgetting to change the letters to red and to .001 for it to be vectored and was confused by the outcome. I went back into the computer and fixed that on day 2.

I ended up like the original rastered one better. Other mistakes that were made would be that I lost part of the world in my Vectored piece. I didn’t expect them to fall out afterwards but I realized that because of the shape of the piece, it was inevitable. The part I love the most is the part with the circles leading up, the bubbles turning into the globe. The most fun was watching the printer print and seeing my design come to life, that was really exciting. It was my first time doing a project like this and I really loved the creative process behind it. If I could go back, I would try and see if i could find a different material to print it on. I wonder if it would look better if I did it on simple wood or a darker color. 



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