Burton Kent


ESP-12x mount

A friend sent me this and I think it's pretty awesome. Basically 3D printed snap in for ESP-12f, 12e and maybe others. The ESPs are basically arduinos with wifi capabilities - you can even run a web server on them. My friend is using them to control light switches as is @Ruddog.

It gives me ideas because often there's different modules such as buck (step down) converters that you want to include in your circuit, and including them neatly is a pain.

Locating/orienting parts in space and in relation to each other

Almost all tutorials discuss starting at the origin. They assume you're doing just this one thing of interest.

I have not found a single thing discussing how to orient/mate/place parts except perhaps through joints. It'd be great to know how to take separately created bodies/components and fit them together. Best practices, strategies, tips and tricks.

This would really help to actually build more complex models.
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Designing around existing models

I'd like to be able to design things around existing models. For example:

  • I own the Pixel 3 phone (as does Kevin). It'd be nice to take an existing model and build a phone case around it.
  • I've got the HTC Vive and would like to make stands for the controllers. They have existing models as part of the software itself, as well as online.
  • I'd like to find some way to do photogrammetry of the inside of my van and build a 3D model accurate enough to do CNC cuts. I also have a friend I'd like to build a van for, and this design would be so easy if the model was accurate enough.

Van Buildout

Hey all,

I'm Burton, based near Chicago for now. Once this pandemic is over (and my mom is done with cancer treatment) I'm buying the largest version of the Ford Transit cargo van and outfitting it as a camper. I'm going to travel the US for a few years.

I'm teaching myself (or I guess Kevin is teaching me) Fusion 360 to help with the build out. Things I want to design/build:

  • A custom shower pan, CNC cut out of foam board insulation with a Shopbot and covered with fiberglass. I'm actually going to cut a hole in the floor for this, and have a custom removable panel for it.
  • A very low profile solar panel lift to angle the panels, using a lead screw system. I haven't seen anything like it.
  • Storage with expanding mechanisms. The Hoberman sphere is an example of such a mechanism. Opening the drawer would cause things to "display" for easy access.
  • Another storage mechanism to motorize efficiently lowering shelves for access.
  • Cabinet locks using automotive door lock actuators. The actuators have about an inch of throw. Simple latches on individual drawers in a cabinet could easily be locked via a latch plate with holes.
  • Reflector cones (like for flashlights) for LED strips, also cut in foam board and sprayed with silver paint.
  • I'm also looking into photogrammetry to get a mesh of the inside of the van, and use that to design/fit everything.
I'm lucky to have access to good tools to use with Fusion 360. My Ender 3 3D printer's name is Bob. Bob the Builder 😀. Through PumpingStationOne.org (Chicago's largest Makerspace) I have access to laser cutters, a plasma cutter and a Shopbot CNC router. There's also some CNC milling machine for metal called a Tormach if I ever want to do that.

Like  Ruddog  I'm interested in doing a lot of automation using the ESP8266 and ESP32 chips/modules. Instead of running wire everywhere for switches, I want to just wire 24v throughout the van and tap it for whatever I need. 

I have to say Kevin is an amazing teacher. His videos are tight and focused, and are the closest thing to a Vulcan mind meld for teaching Fusion.