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Copper Tape Card Assignment

Before beginning your project:

The third project is to make the copper tape 3d card. My lab section is 2/13 and the next day is the valentine day. I wanted to make a 3d pop-up card for valentine day that I could give to my boyfriend. The topic of my copper 3d card is love and heart. Instead of just making 3d card by cutting the background paper and sticking the 2d picture, I wanted to make a 3d card by sticking the 3 dimension paper on the card. I have all the tools that I need to make 3d card. I wanted to use pink light and green lights and there were these color-light bulb. I have the knowledge of the circuit. However, It was quite difficult to design the new circuit for my own card. I was so excited to make it. I often make the card for my family or friend’s birthday. I think it is really cool because I could use the light. One thing I worried about was that if the circuit does not work. Since the 3d heart might take a long time to make it, I would be depressed when I have to make 3d heart again because of all settings  for circuit do not work after I stick all together.

 

While working on your project:

I saw multiple LEDs parallel circuit video to make sure I am doing in the right direction. This video might help other peers to design their own circuits. Since my card tried to avoid displaying the copper tape at the outside, I should check before I stick the two layers of paper. If you do not check whether the light turns on before sticking the two papers, you should start all over again. Instead of put the LEDs on the background page, I put my LED and circuit on the bottom and made a hole for LED; so that other people could only see the LED lights shining right below the 3d heart. I also put two green LEDs in the corner so that it seems like there is a light from the cupid’s arrow. One thing I should be carefully when I work on green LEDs is that I should make the top layer not touch the part of circuit. For the green LEDs, I used parallel for making the light as bright as only one LED. As I mentioned above, I usually do stuff like this at home. It was worthy of making my own card to precious people because it seems more heartfelt gift.

After finishing your project:

I think I need to be more flexible to design the multiple LEDs circuit. I separate the two buttons for two LEDS to turn on. If I had more time, I would make more fancy design card. Since I had so many works this week, I could not fully engage in the copper card making. For this assignment, I do it all by myself. I am proud of myself:) I decided to finish my project because of the time. My goal was to make 3d cards with three LEDs and the design of cupid and heart. My final product my goal and I am satisfy with the card design. My card works for all three LEDs. One thing I had a change in my final product is that I added “LIKE” with the copper tape for design and also added the heart arrow in the background. Describe a “big moment” that moved your project forward. At Sunday dinner, I was doubted I could finish this project with my goal met. It was so difficult to make 3d heart and make it stand. Also, I took long time to consider the design of the multiple LEDs circuit. After I finished making the 3d heart, then I started to make the 3d card delightly having the self-confidence. Unlike the previous assignments, this project took more time. I was often frustrated to make the 3d heart and struggle with not-working-LEDS. Sticking small parts of heart and arrow together was so frustrated because of my shaking hands. Although, it was tough time to finish in a week, all the process was fun. I have a fun time because I made what I want to make.

   

These are photos of final product.

 

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Vinyl Sticker Assignment_SeoHeeChoi

Before beginning your project:

 

The second assignment for Info490 is making stickers with Inkscape, Silhouette Studio, and silhouette machine. I was so excited to work on this project. It was fascinating to make my own stickers which are more applicable than the name tag. I wanted to make stickers to put on my lap-top, iPhone, and notebook. In the lab section, we first learned how to make griffin. Then we learned how to make multi-layered stickers. The principle of making multi-layered sticker is similar to the multi-layered name tag which I made for the first assignment. For the multi-layered stickers, I wanted to make the animation character which has some colors. When I saw square stickers in the box, I thought that I could not perfectly make a sticker that I wanted because there are not many colors. However, full knowledge and basic colors of stickers was ready. One thing I worried about was that if the design is complicated, it might be difficult to make delicate and neat sticker.

 

While working on your project:

 

Showing how to edit the design would help me explain the process of making stickers to a peer. If you know how to make the machine read the design, it is easy for the peer to learn it. What I thought during the process of making my stickers, it was hard to separate tiny parts. When I was making the Snow White sticker, it took more than 20 minutes to separate all the small pieces. So, if you want to make the sticker which has complicated parts in the middle of it, you can make the sticker size bigger, or just avoid such design. I usually do not do the stuff like this at home because I do not have tools like tweezer that allows me to do sophisticated work.

 

After finishing your project:

 

I wanted to learn how to use the Photoshop program. One of my peer use Photoshop for making more sophisticated design. If I had more time, I would have red color in the hair band for the Snow White stickers. For this assignment I did not inspired by others’ idea since I had been thought of making my own stickers. The mistake I made was that when I worked with the rabbit character with Japanese words, I stick the black layers little bit outside of the white circle. Once the black part sticked with the white circle, it was difficult to separate. However, that mistake now seems like unique style. It was so precious time for me to make the stickers. I really enjoyed the project. It is always happy and funny to make what I really want to make.

(1) Griffin :Rabbinosaur (Rabbit + Dinosaur)

 

(2) Logo : Saint Laurent

I first used black logo, then I used gold and black.

 

 

(3) Snow White 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(4) Multi-layer stickers

(5) Process of making multi layer sticker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Laser Name Tag Assignment_SeoHeeChoi

Our first project in Makerspace B is to create a name tag with laser cutter. During two hours of discussion section, I was so excited. It is kind of amazing stuff to print out one dimension image to a two dimension name tag. When I first saw the nametags that TAs made, I thought I want to make a simple name tag with unique style. The one that captured my interest was the name tag with two layers. Since I cannot color the name tag with laser cutter, it would be better to have different layers with different color to make the name tag more colorful. I planned to make a two-layered acrylic name tag which is more sturdy than the wood name tag. I fully understood the way to design and set the name tag design and had two acrylic materials.

After attending at the discussion session and taking the video of the whole process of the project, I could briefly help the other students in Makerspace class. When I made a second name tag which is final product for this project, I used the mirror-like acrylic and black acrylic. Unlike the wood material, there are only few part of mirror-like acrylic that I could use. Since I have to limitation in using small portion of the material, I should carefully use the material; no mistake accepted. I sometimes do the stuff like this when I have to build up for my convenience. For example, I made the crosspiece for iPhone with used-up foundation bottle when I had to watch the movie with phone.  

Since the mirror-like acrylic has small portion, I had to start the laser point from the middle part. 

I thought I have basic knowledge of using laser cutter to envision what I imagine for the name tag. If I want to make more complicated name tag, then I should be more comfortable with using Inkscape. However, for me, making name tag with a laser cutter and Inkscape was quite simple; red part cut off and black part sculpt. Also, I could have colorful name tag using different color materials. If I had more time and more material that I could use, I want to change the size of the name tag to 4 in x 4 in. I first decided to make my name tag with simple name and my favorite animal. One of the example name tags that my TA showed us in the class finalized my final design of the name tag: two-layered name tag with simple design. When I finished the project and made one more name tag for reminding what I done, I helped my friend making her own name tag. She made the name tag with wood material. Her name tag had a shape of Bay Leaf. Before seeing her name tag, I thought the wood name tag is too simple. However, her name tag design made me realize that the texture of material could be strengthen the design. Her Bay Leaf-designed name tag would be less impressive if she made it with black acrylic. TA in the Fab lab helped me when I was using the laser cutter. Since I already took the video of the laser cutting process, I do not need much help. I just asked TA for checking whether my setting do not have any problems. My final product was quite satisfied, so I decided to finish my project. One mistake that I made was that I did not perfectly estimate the real size of the name tag. I wanted to cut off the whole letters of my name, but the letters was too small to cut all lines of the letters. What I did was I just cut off the “o” letter and let other letters stick in the first layer. My perfect goal was to cut all letters and pig silhouette off so that letters seem black and other background is mirror. Because of the small size, I just had to only cut off the animal silhouette. Only pig silhouette was fallen. When I tried to separate the letters, the whole part of letters fell, and it was difficult to see the exact shape of the alphabet. So I just sticked the letters back. One that I did not expect was that the glue was so sticky that when I stick back the alphabet “s”, residue of glue made the surface of name tag dirty. Second unexpected thing was the size of the letter as I mentioned above. I thought my project moved forward when I created my name tag by myself. Without the lead of the TA, I had to envision and create the name tag as I imagined. I was really proud of myself when I finished the design and print it out. The whole process of making the name tag was so interesting and funny that I did not even think of doubting me and giving up. Simple and Fun activity. The only frustrating thing was glue that made my name tag dirty.

The final name tag for this assignment is the mirror name tag. “Seo-Hee Choi” name tag with pig is the name tag that I made in the discussion session and the name tag with dinosaur is I made after finishing my final name tag.

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