Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pulse Rifle: Sensor Construction

 Got some major work done on building housings for the sensors on my Pulse Rifle.  The 3D Printer is responsible for making these parts that'll be utilized to hold IR Sensors on the left, right, and top of the blaster.  To the left is another prototype of the design to be used for the right and left sensors.  It has to be modified to account for the barrel that'll be overhead in the vent cover, but that's a simple change to be made.

This is the design for the sensors electronics.  There are a total of 3 of these.  Thanks to a sanding mishap, I had to redo one of them, but it was good practice for me!  This one is bent so that it'll fit in the top housing.  All that's needed is to mount it and run the wires down through the shroud to the Arduino Mini that's running this thing.

Here's where the front-facing housing will sit.  It'll obviously be painted and I'm not done sanding/smoothing it out yet.  That square in the front is where the IR Sensor will face outward.  We decided to mount the front sensor on top so that way when the blaster is angled downwards (not firing), it can still take hits.

The hit lights will be set inside those vents too (in front of the right and left sensors), so there's still a lot of work to be done on this within the week.  More progress later!

1 comment:

  1. oh man, the things I would do to get a hold of a 3D printer...