Fabrication: Week 4 – Enclosures

Week 4: Enclosures





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This week we were to think about enclosures for electronics.

We went over a range of methods including an in-class exercise of how to use found object like a computer speaker as a possible. I think I accidentally also made an enclosure within an enclosure. The small black box holds the electronic components for a button to turn the system on or off and 3 LEDs that should turn on when the cat climbs into the box due to a switch made with conductive fabric. Using the first switch lab we covered in Pcomp

Was inspired by some cathouses that use a similar plastic dome from Canal Plastics. Classmate Jaekook sent me a link earlier in the semester to these futuristic cat spaceship home by a company called myzoo . Although they are very expensive (300?), thought it could be fun to make one out of recycled cardboard and 1 $8 plastic dome from Canal

The smaller black boxes fit together to hold the electronics in a contained way from the animal. the switch’s wire path is then taped down  to make sure the cat doesn’t try to pick at it. The switch  will sit under the a card piece in bottom so when the cat lays down on it,  the two conductive parts touch = the LEDs switch on. Signaling “I’m at home”   ❤



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