Fabrication

Fabrication - Week 1: Intros, Safety and Tools

TITLE: Lantern Flashlight - Hang On!

DATE: September 2016

INSTRUCTORS: Ben Light

COLLABORATORS: N/A

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INSPIRATION

When we were asked to make a flashlight without any fabrication experience, I was curious about how the ancient people without experience did it. Not that ancient waiting for the lightning to light the fire up, but those with limited knowledge about electricity could create light. I thought of the lantern and the match that was used to light the lantern up.

So I decided to make a digital lantern and a special match which played the switch role of my “flashlight”.

 

DRAWINGS

Well, I was not a good illustrator.

 

RAW MATERIALS AND TOOLS

I started to build my own tool kit. A wire stripper was a good start, though I bought it from the Sears for my Pcomp class. I also bought batteries and a bulb from Tinkersphere. The other materials came from the junk shelf. This project cost me about 4 hours at ITP SHOP. You know, the red wire was a beats headphone strip.

Thank you, Jessie. He taught me how to solder wires.

 

PROCESS

FINAL WORK

Yes, I even named it. HANG ON!

When I was making this flashlight, it seemed to be the most difficult day in my life. I was nearly sent to the police because of some misunderstandings during my user experience interview. I had tons of assignments and didn’t know how to figure them out. I also forgot my wallet home and felt sleepy and hungry at that time. Lighting the flashlight up was the first goal that I achieved that day.

So, HANG ON! MAN!

 

CONCLUSIONS

There were no sensors in my flashlight. I used the holder as the switch which had coil twisted at the head. When I use the head to hang on the lantern or flashlight, the coil will connect the positive and the negative terminals to make the circuit work.