PsychoCircus

Is a project based on fabricating an enclosed box in the shape of a theatre which will consist of psychedelic and illusions elements.

The Box will be made out of wood and then painted in hippie, psychedelic colors. On the front there will be a big circular 3D printed circle which will consist of illusion patterns in the colors of black and white made out of acrylic. The circle will be mounted on to a motor that will continuously spin it. There will be a potentiometer attached in order to adjust the speed of the motor and thus the illusion circle. Next to the main circle on both sides there will be smaller circles that will be connected through gears and will as well turn simultaneously. On top of the box, a sign, carved in the lasercutter will read PsychoCircus and it will be painted accordingly to the theme. Lastly there will be a switch to turn on/off the motor. Everything is going to be controlled by an Arduino micro-controller.

  1. Designing the layout of the front view on illustrator:

2) Prototyping with Cardboard:

3) Testing to see how the gears will fall in place and how they will react.

4) Fabricating the enclosure for the spinning wheels.

5) Fabricating the spinning wheels made from acrylic and orienting them       in order to match up.

6) LaserCut “Psychocircus” lettering and assemble gears and spinning            wheels. Making sure to spray paint all wooden parts black.


 

Mechanisms

Figuring out how to make gears and have them move objects can be fascinating. Below is a first rough sketch of what I’m trying to experiment with, in order to come to a point where gears will be able to move objects in a forward motion:

The first stage of the project will consist of the proper fabrication of gears. I’m envisioning having gears made out of wood. The diameter would vary from gear to gear but the ratio of teeth to diameter will stay the same throughout. Furthermore, some testing will begin for to see if the gears can produce efficient power and smoothness in relevance to each other. For each successful gear configuration, I will make the correspondent holes to the sides of the enclosure (Gears will be inside a acrylic box).

The second stage will consist of the actual pieces that are going to be mounted on to the gears and moved along in a forward motion. I will have to make sure that each gear would have a different effect on each of the pieces, meaning some should move slower and some faster.

After some testing to see how the rods will stick out of the box:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVTO1a4M1J8&feature=youtu.be

The end result looks like this:


Non-Rectangular Box

Our point of view in creating a non-rectangular box was to go with the idea of a round-like box.

We started with some very rough sketches of what our idea should look like:

We thought of having half-pie pieces with numerous slots on them in order to be able to slide in the disks that were going to be holding the main structure. These disks would have a hole in the center for the “vase” to serve as a holding compartment.

Moving on we did some experimentation with some cardboard to understand if the logic behind was going to serve our purpose:

Convinced that the design can be executed we went on to design the actual pieces onto illustrator. We again experimented with cardboard, but this time we had the laser cutter do the job for us:

And getting to the end of it, since the pieces proved to be really accurate and applicable for assembly we put our piece of wood into the laser cutter again for curving. We assembled all the pieces together using hot glue.

 

The end result looks like this: