ZZ’s 3D Printed Moisture Sensor Accessory

moisture sensor

At first, I checked out a moisture sensor, trying to make a little box to hide the blue/circuit part, and sorta protect it from water. So I started using Fusion 360 to make a case similar to what Matt showed us in class. But after 3 hours, the software froze, and after I reopened it, the project was gone. Although it showed that there was a recovery file, but nothing happened after I clicked it. Then, Tyler asked me what it was and I told him this was a sensor. He inspired me to make a walrus by telling me “the sensor looks like the teeth of walrus”. Thus, I decided to make a walrus on Tinkercad. I found one simple design on Thingiverse. Downloaded and loaded it in Tinkered.  I added cylinder hole according to the size and position I measured with calliper. This is what it looks like.

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First printing! Somehow the walrus was slightly tilted and the stomach and the feet were not fully/perfectly touching the workplane, so when the 3D printer was printing it, the base was not a full structure that could support the walrus. After around 20 minutes, Matt and I decided to stop it and take a look at my 3D file. We found out that the problem was that the walrus was not  horizontal/slightly tilted. So Matt suggested me to adjust the walrus and add another box hole to make the stomach and feet touch the ground flat.











After the second time printing, the walrus was almost what I was expecting. Although the 3D printer didn’t generate a supporting structure for the head, but it didn’t really matter. I filed the head to make it more smooth and made the holes bigger to fit the sensor better.

Sam’s 3D printed box

Hi all! Today I 3d printed my box. The holes for the buttons were initially too small, but I managed to adjust the size of the holes using the dremel.

Here’s the product:

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Next step will be to hook the buttons up to an arduino and integrate it with Unity for my final project. The buttons will be used for functions such as turning your flashlight on/off in the game, speed boost, turning music on/off, and to activate random clues customized for the explorative game.

Sam’s ftdi adapter design

Hi everyone!

Here is the documentation of my process while making my personally designed pcb. Matt helped me set up the machine and files on the computer to ensure that the process would run smoothly.

First, we had to prepare the documents on the computer, making sure to indicate what area of the board the machine was supposed to create, etc. While the machine launched the job, we had to be alert, switching the drills appropriately.

Different sized drills:



Drilling the holes:



Before punching out the finished board:



End product:


Now all that’s left is soldering the parts onto the board and testing its usability.

Photoshop – Ocean Scene

For our photoshop project, we took a basic stock photo of the beach and water and turned it into a mermaid, aquatic galore, fresh with giant octupi sinking ships, mermaids, and other bizarre creatures.

I specifically added in the birds, extended the cliffs/rocks in the scenery to be more than they originally were. As I was working, I had problems working with layers and it took me a while to realize when I needed to switch layer to layer to accomplish something.



For our comic, a stick figure observing a painting in a gallery. He steps into the painting, wherein by mysterious means, a hand approaches and kicks him off the cliff and back into reality. We drew the stick figure in Adobe Illustrator, but everything else were stock photos from Google, compiled together to create a comic. 11045528_958052474213221_384363418_o

Future fabrics (Jiawei)

First, in terms of functions, I guess the future fabrics will become very smart with technological development. On one hand, fabrics may become very fancy, very Huger-Game-style, which can become the main trend of fashion show. On the other hand, for daily use, I think fabrics can incorporate with the functions of other smart/electronic devices: light, watch, and phone, like we have a curtain that can also be the light in the night, or a sheet that can function as alarm, etc. At the same time, fabrics will develop its unique characters, for instance, fabrics that can adjust temperature manually or automatically, or we can choose or even draw different patterns on one piece clothes according to our own mood.

Check out this article on smart fabrics:


And here is my rough smart fabrics sketch

Based on this idea, if focusing on the production and purchasing of fabrics, I think fabrics in the future will involve more self-made choices and individualization. We can design and get or even make fabrics that suit our own need in a very fast and convenient way. Have a look at these two cool videos:



Last but not least, future fabrics will become environmental-friendly. Nowadays, we have put many spotlights on the production and consumption of food, which has huge impact on environment. As another important component daily life, fabrics have not gained much attention so far, but it is very sure that it will have a revolution or movement on “health-wearing.”

Connie’s Documentation for Class 23

We learned more about website today! Yeah~~~

First, for Windows laptops, Download Notepad++ from http://notepad-plus-plus.org/download/v6.7.7.html

Create a file (a basic structure and content of the webpage)——————————————————-

<!DOCTYPE html>
<title>the title for the website</title>
<link rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” href=”style.css” />
<h1>the headline for the webpage</h1>
the content

—————————–Save it as “index. html”————————-whatever the form of the file is ——-

Then create a new file (this one gives color to the webpage)

h1 {
color: red;

—————————-Save it as “style.css” ————save it in the same folder as the previous file ——

Finally, we open a new webpage and drag the file “index.html” into it……it’s magical!

We creates a webpage!