Fabrication Class 6 –  Mounting Motors


* Elements I used to construct my mobile:
Sheet Metal (3×3 LINCANE AL Sheet-VENITIAN BR), gluegun, 2 wooden rods, fishing line, a wooden box, tincase, 30 rpm motor)


First, I bought sheet Metal from home depot. Then I cut the sheet metal into pieces using metal cutters. After that I glued the pieces of sheet metal that I cut together to form a structure. I ran fishing line through the sheet metal structures to connect them. I passed the line through a wooden rod that had a hole drilled into it and tied a knot at the end so that it could hang from the rod.

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I drilled a fixed motor onto a piece of wood. Then I placed it inside of a box. I chose a 30 rpm motor because I felt the slow movement of this motor worked perfectly for my design. I drilled a hole through the wooden box containing the motor.Then I drilled 2 holes through a tin can, and a metal cube I constructed using the sheet metal I had bought from Home Depot. I placed a second wooden rod through the cube and the can, and through the hole drilled into the wooden box connecting it to the motor

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Fabrication Class 5 –  Materials


This week, I tried to create a container that holds 14 quarters  for the purpose of doing laundry.

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I wanted to make the quarter container using a chair leg from Home Depot because this shape was appealing to me. So I cut several parts and measured the height and width of a 14 quarters, and then I used those measurement to hollow out the wooden leg.


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  I bought a soft mat that looks like rubber which is using for an art stamp (it is easy to carve with graver). The reason why I used this material is to protect it from water because I usually put my quarters in my bathroom on the shelves. so I wanted to attach this waterproof mat under the wood with glue.



Fabrication Class 4- Enclosures



I created an arduino enclosure with wood, acrylic, and standoff. I bought a wood box at the Containerstore where there are fabulous items to buy. I thought I could change with a new idea. I put an Arduino and bread board in a square box. I used a digital caliper to determine the locations to drill two holes in the side of the box. I made a prototype with cardboard including a cover.

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Then, I printed a design in a acrylic material and secured standoffs.


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Next, I drilled in to the wood box to make two holes which can connect with one for the arduino and one for the computer.

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Fabrication Class3 – Acrylic 



Photographer – EunSung Jeon


While I was thinking about the laser cutting assignment, last week, I met Eunsung Jeon who is a photographer and visual artist based in New York. She creates abstract images from natural figures in photographs.

She has a project called Naissance series, and in the project, she captures organic patterns to convey human figures, flowers, that are in the womb. Here photographs have a natural tendency to amplify the cycle of life itself.



I was curious about how to convey her image with a laser cutter. She gave me permission to use her photos. So I got some printed photos from her and layered them with acrylic. In the Illustrator, I traced her images and cut those out with a laser cutter. My first attempt failed because I thought the acrylic color would not match with the photos. So, I changed to transparent acrylic and made simple shapes using the laser cutter. I glued each of them.











Fabrication Class 2 – Make multiples of something, 5 or more. 




I Originally, wanted to make organizers with legs. This is because, I really have no utility boxes to put small things in like pencils, erasers, and painting tubes. So I went to a container store to find out how they sell small sizes of organizers. They were usually thin, light, and acrylic, for cosmetics. But they were designed to have no legs, so I decided to make Organizers which have a similar design.


Here is the process.

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I bought extremely thin wood similar to the acrylic cases from the container store. I know that they wouldn’t be strong, but I just wanted to make really light weight wood cases.


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I measured the sizes and cut 10 pieces of wooden foundation, 30 pieces of small sized wood, and 50 sticks which are meant to support the separators. I sanded the edges of each piece of wood, to smooth them out.

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I brushed the wood with glue then I attached the pieces on. Finally, I clamped them so the glue would fix well.

These are the completed boxes.



2 thoughts on “Fabrication”

  1. Great work. I really like the standoffs you chose. And I’m curious how you got those square holes in the side.

    Looks like the whole assembly can be inserted and removed very easily.

  2. Cutting the pieces of the wooden leg really made for some interesting shapes. I like how they turned out. If you want water proofing, maybe adding a water proof finish to the wood would also be a good idea.

    The foam bottom looks great with the wood.

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