Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

Project 3: Copper Tape Origami

This week we worked on paper circuits! This assignment was different than previous ones because I was more fixated on the insides of the product, whereas in earlier projects I was more concerned with the aesthetics and (social) impact of the product. The basic circuit card and 2 LED card were a good way to get comfortable with figuring out how exactly the circuit would work. Sketching out the path first was helpful.

The final product was tricky. I chose to go with a paper crane, since I’m comfortable with the folds and thought that would give me an advantage. However, figuring out the route the circuits would take & where to place the switch proved a great challenge. I knew I wanted the switch to be activated when I pressed on the bottom folds of the paper crane (this way the wings of the crane would light up when I flapped them from the bottom). However, my initial routing placed the switch at a location where only one LED would be cut off. At the second attempt/re-route, the folds kept the switch in place, so the lights would always be on. After three revisions (at some point I just put the tape down and made demo circuits to understand how/why the switch works), I got the circuit and switch to do what I wanted it to do, which felt good! I’m feeling more comfortable with the re-iteration aspect of these projects. 

Basic Paper Circuit Card with switch. Quote: “I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”

Basic Paper Circuit Card with switch. Quote: “I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”

Basic Paper Circuit Card with switch [inside]

Picture with 2 LEDs [inside]

Picture with 2 LEDs. Quote: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

3D Paper Object / Origami [initial sketch of circuit]

3D Paper Object/Origami [final circuit route with switch]

3D Paper Object/Origami [final product]