So for this mounting motors project, I started it combining it for my Pcomp as I was anyway working for motors for Badmouth.
However though I will illustrate what I did for Pcomp, But I changed it for Intro to fab cause I wanted to do something that is actually working or almost.

I decided to do an electronic flower/fan in an Acrylic mirror vase cut. But before I proceed to that I want to document my motors trials in Pcomp.

So I thought If I connect/ bring 2 motors with joints and extensions and at the end of each I’ll add a clip that will each hold the upper/lower lips the lips would move a bit even if the motors are twirling… I thought clipping the clips to the mask will narrow down from the motor spin and I will get exactly what I want which is a random chaotic movement of the lips… That was not the scenario that happened in my head.
The motor is working perfectly and spinning perfectly but when clipped the motion is completely stopped.

video showing the motor spinning:


So after making many trials and errors I decided to give up and do my flower fan vase.

material: Acrylic mirror

laser cutting the vase and putting holes in it to mout the motor on it:

my flower fan connected to the motor through joints and extensions

So the screws I was trying to use to mount the motor inside the vase on the panel were not the right fit they fell. I couldn’t find a replacement for now> tried to put some glue just temporarily for the sake of the presentation but it’s not holding. I will be fixing it.

video for mechanical flower  vase:







Mixing Materials

MIxing Materials: Stand for BadMouth


So for Mixing Materials, I choose for this homework to mix it with my Pcomp final.
My Pcomp final is a BadMouth from latex (a realistic mask that I got from a Haloween shop) that is stuck behind a wall “in theory”.BadMouth is a talkative mouth that sense the presence of people through an Ultrasonic sensor and start talking shit to people…
It also, supposedly “in Theory” move its lips through motors( we’ll come back to that in the next blog).
So for this project I chose to work with Acrylic, wood and latex.
I chose to cut panels on the laser cutter leave an opening to bad mouth and holes  on each panel (front and back) linked through wood stick sticks, in order to make sure the sticks and the panels won’t slide I chose to put cable ties from both sides. However I imagined the structure would be more firm, it’s a bit swinging, maybe more sticks from top and bottom…


Mask Badmouth that will be cut and inserted behind the opening on the stand. i had made two extra cut to insert the face from left and right
It was a good call cause it held.

The above small squarish opening id the ultrasonic sensor opening.

behind the facette pannel I can put everything, Arduino, ultrasonic, motors clips that will hold the lips and move them…

The nose should be cut but for now I’m keeping it cause I’m still working on the motors, they way I built them won’t work. I have to get the Gripper kit with the servo and make them open and close.


I went to “The container Store” and fell in love with the place, wanted to buy everything in the shop… It reminds me of Ikea but Ikea is more furniture driven where as this one is about containers…

I liked these bamboo shelves that can be put together. Neat and easy to make a laser cut Acrylic cover. So next stop was at Canal Plastics, I got black, white and mirror see-through Acrylic. For this project the cover is just a test done on the laser but not the final cut because I am still trying to figure out my final circuit for Pcomp.

This time, unlike the previous lamp project I had to do two trials instead of 4-5. It is getting better. and one of the trials was wrong because I miscalculated between inches and millimeters…

The openings lasered on the cover are not final, It was just a tentative test to see how it will look like. Eventually I think I will go for a white Acrylic sheet and try to spray the wood in white. If it’s spray-able with a neat finishing: Something I will have to inquire about in class: how to do a presentable finishing.






Lamp – lazer printer

So for this project I choose to a do a lamp, as I loved the reference on the site, lighting up Acrylic cuts.
However I choose to work with typography. Inspired by Magritte’s “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” art, I had decided to do Ceci n’est pas une lampe; “this is not a lamp”.



I had to go through different trials (4) in order to get finally 2 clean cuts. The printer wasn’t cutting properly the typo. So I had to put down the speed to 9 and 10 to get a proper cutting.






Later I wanted to create a small stand from wood to make it stand and put the light underneath it.
cut some wood and decided to put screws  the acrylic on the wood to hold it.





than i glued the sides:


and finally added my led string:





Wood Multiples

Candle holder

Sunday 7,11. was a long day at the shop of ITP… It took some time to do the candle holder.

So this is how it started:

Initially I started the project wanting to do Dominoes, which I think at some point I really want to make that box, got scared that doing the sliding Domino box would be too complicated to do for the first time experimenting with the machines… So I moved to something simpler, and i thought of  nice rounded coasters with a cool simple holder (better then a sliding box):

I started sketching on the coasters was convinced of the project. But when I started with the execution I started to face different difficulties:

-First one was linked to the cut of wood I bought:
I went to Prince Lumber on the 47th st. which is near where I live and I loved the place.
I bought long cuts of wood with almost a 2″ thickness… I thought at the shop there is a way to slice the thickness of the piece we got…
But I guess not, it’s too complicated.
So I went back to buy some more sheets of wood that are thin initially, chose to buy plywood0.5″ thickness, and another a bit thicker 1″ so I wouldn’t regret again.

-Second one was linked to the rounded shape:
I thought the rounded shape can be simply done with the press drilling machine. But no… it need the big the router, after checking the great tutorials videos
of my professor Ben Light, I also figured that doing circles for the first time won’t be easy, and that also I won’t get to use the big machines which was somehow
the purpose of this assignment.
So I finally decided to do candle holders. I was thinking of a shape that could be playful when put together (because they are multiples)
and I thought of the amazing honeycomb structure, a very famous structure in this universe. Polygons more precisely hexagons!

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I searched and found some references:

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But as I was afraid the structure would fail, I also decide to do in parallel  squarish candle light holders.







I proceeded with the project:



I was able to cut the squarish holder good enough (like instructed in class) one blog of wood (using a stop to measure the length needed each time, instead of putting measurements for each square).



Then I made a different squarish size for the honeycombs, but had to add measurements to know exactly how to cut the angle needed:
When I used the big machines for the angles it worked at first but then I had to move to the other one because the pieces are small they can’t be held to cut.



Finally I ruined some, but was also to pull out the honeycombs in a fair condition:




Eventually we reached the phase in which we need to drill a hole for the candle… At the shop the tool is non-existent. So posting will continue tonight
as I will get the size I need and go back to do the holes and finish my holders. (to be continued tonight)

Monday 8, 11.

So I got the Spade Bits:





Great we have the holes! yes but… not yet cause the spade bit was 1.5 ” exactly the size of the candle, so it didn’t fit in the hole it needed bit more 1 or 2 millimeter, and the bigger spade was 2″ too big, I couldn’t find a 1 3/4″ spade bit don’t know if it exist. So I had to sand the inside with the dremel for 3 hours…. that was long.
But eventually it worked.






Now remains the painting and the finishing. Trying to figure out how. (to be continue with a final picture tonight).

Capsule flashlight

For the flashlight project I was thinking about simplicity and size. I like things that are small, flat, minimal in terms of design. Usually flashlights are bulky, maybe it makes sense to have something at night bulky enough to find and use, but also small sized objects are easy to carry. Unfortunately I grew in a country (Lebanon) that suffers until these days from electricity cuts (up to 6 hours/day-night) which made me  hate flashlights. It’s a commodity that we had to use a lot during war-time and still 26 years after the war is over,we use them all the time cause we still have  electricity issues.

I searched for the simplest and easiest form on how to make a flashlight and found out that it could be simply done by attaching a led to a 3v capsule battery (no need for a resistor because it’s 3v battery).

material I worked with:



3v capsule battery and superglue


conductive nylon paper


so i Intended to make  a nice wrap over the battery to cover it and press on the led string cause the paper will still let the electricity pass, it actually did, however the light was too dimmed. so I chose to cut the paper where the string is pressed just a small opening to let it touch the battery directly and light the led well.


Finally I glued the led to the battery. than the battery to a small squarish piece of cardboard, wrapped it with the conductive nylon.


video showing the flashlight pressed: