If it weren't for Fab Academy, in this period of my life (first half of 2016) I would be folding one thousand origami cranes. Instead, for my Final Project I plan to make "Thousand shades of crane", a zoetrope with 3d printed origami cranes, colour cycling through thousand shades of light: the digital equivalent of 1000 origami paper cranes for good luck and health. Whether or not this will work to be granted my wish by a crane depends on whether or not cranes have evolved since ancient Japanese times too.
My Thousand Shades of Crane zoetrope consists basically of 4 elements: a Rotating Zoetrope Base, Crane Birds, the Electronics, and Slits to create the animation effect. Although I had to work on all 4 elements in parallel because of some interdependencies, for clarity the documentation below is devided into those 4 separate subjects.
Twenty weeks and a full cycle of Fab Academy later this is how I presented my "Thousand Shades of Cranes" final project. In the sections above, separate parts of the design and fabrication process were described. Answering the question whether or not making this digital equivalent is a viable alternative to folding 1000 origami cranes, falls beyond the scope of this documentation and will be discussed at a different time and a different place in the cloud.