Final Project

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Rocket Presentation

This project is a cumulative event that required me to use many of the skills that I learned this spring. I will list the processes I used including files, links and videos where appropriate.

My project was a pressed-fit rocket bookshelf that would track the International Space Station and provide live video feeds from the space station. I wanted our young students to experience space by seeing live feeds sent from the ISS. I decided to add a Raspberry Pi, a display, and ISS- Above software . This software is often packaged with a Raspberry Pi and an add-on board called PiGlow The Piglow is a board containing LEDs that change color and brightness when attached to a Raspberry Pi.

I have done a lot of research on this topic learning everything from hex code to the International Space Station. The following is a link to my resources..

See below for a list of processes that I used while making my rocket bookcase. I will follow this list with details. Please note: I have included links for Embedded Programming and Networking because I spent a great deal of time and effort on these processes to make my project work.


Computer-Aided Design

I designed a bookstop using a 3D printer.

I began by importing an inkscape STL file that I used in the computer-controlled cutting exercise into Tinkercad and I made the support fin in Fusion 360.

Assembling Machinef Machine Assemble

I downloaded the Fusion 360 fin support and then uploaded the fin to Tinkercad.

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I combined the rocket pieces. I made sure to push the fin support into the rocket so it would produce a sturdy print.

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Assembling Machinef

Computer-controlled Cutting

I wanted to hide my electronics inside "books". I am curious about living hinges so I designed wooden book covers to hold and hide the electronics for the rocket ship.

I began with a living hinge file that I found at the epilog laser web site . I started by opening the example epilog file and changing the size to fit my needs - 7.5 inches by 5 inches.

Living Hingef Living Hinge

I added the name of the "book" and the author. I decided that I woould first start with cardboard. I sent it to print with engraving setting at 50,50,50 and the vector setting at 20,100,07

. The first cut went fine and then I repeated just a vector cut

Living Hinge Machine Assemble


The cardboard cut came out great. I went ahead and cut 1/16 birch. I completed one combine cut and another vector cut using the same settings as before.

Book Cover Machine Assemble

Electronics production, electronic design, output devices and networking and communications

- I designed and created a Fab Arduino. See Exercise 13 - Output Devices

Assembling Machinef

Computer-controlled machining

- I milled a Fab Arduino using an Othermill and I used a shopbot to make the rocket. Recently, I made an additional Fab Arduino which featured additional Ground and VCC pin. Therefore, besides building the programmer, hellow world board and designing and building ATtiny 45 sonar sensor, I designed and built three seperate Fab Arduinos based on the Satshakit model. I made my Fab Arduino following the workflow that I used in Exercise 13 - Output Devices and Exercise 7 respectively

Embedded Programming

This was one of the most difficult part of the project. I was able to intercept closed programming code from Raspberry Pi, analyze it, manipulate it do what I want using my FabArduino. Besides learning about the code behind networking, I learned about using time instead of delay function as well machine states Click here for more information.

Molding and casting

I designed, mold and cast rocket bookmarks. See Exercise 12


This was probably the most important part of the project and at least as difficult as the embedded programming, but I did learn a great deal. I used I2C Pleae click here to get the details including workflow.


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