Saturday, May 24, 2014

INDN 341: Component Development

To figure out the main aspects of the project, I needed to nail out the details of the project components. The three main aspects that I perceive will give us trouble are the attachment method for the paper, the pulley/belt system for the confessions to travel along, and the water delivery system.

The attachment method needs to be something that can function around corners and from any possible angle. A suggestion for how it might work is to have a hole in the paper that allows it to sit on a circular hook. These circular hooks sit in the belt  that travels around the shape of the pulleys and extend out from the belt system, so that they don't interfere with the belts workings.

The pulley system allows for the belt to travel around the track. In my opinion, we would have to motorize at least 2, if not four of the corners. We have to motorize the corners at specific speeds, most likely exceedingly low speeds, to achieve the effect we want.

The water delivery system is going to be a little more difficult, but mostly dependant on technology that will be self-contained. The waterfall variant would simply rely on a small water feature pump. The fogger would be a little bit easier, as it atomises water using a very small amount of it up as it works, ergo it wouldn't need to have a pump putting water back up to the top, it would just need to have someone re-fill the water from time to time.

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