Code Assignment 1:
Arduino Wood Case
It was my first time dealing with finger type join, so my intension for the design was simply trying to make a beautifully joined arduino case that is small and fits an arduino perfectly. I looked up few cases on Thingiverse for design inspirations.
I was thinking of putting graphic on the surfaces of the case, but I decided to keep it simple due to the fact that I was making a small case and adding graphic would probably make it look messy.
I started to measure the dimensions of the Arduino Uno. With the assistance of the digram below, which I found online, I had gotten the width, the height, and the depth for my box.
I then converted mm into inches and inputted the numbers into makercase.com and generated a box layout file
I then imported the file into Illustrator and added the surface texts and cutouts for the arduino.
I did a test cut with the laser machine and found out that few measurements were off a bit.
The front surface was broken during the cut, so I went back to fix that along with other off measurements.
I glued the surfaces together, leaving the front surface unglued to create a opening for inserting the arduino.
Later, I sanded the box to remove some dirtiness and colored the white spots with black sharpie.
The final product turned out well despite that the fingers did not join seamlessly, but I had made a design choice to sand the join edges into slants, creating a smother transition between the front, the back ,and the sides of the box. The text etchings turned out to like handwriting, which had also enhanced the wood box’s organic feeling.
The cutouts match with the arduino perfectly and the box is just the right size for the arduino.