Post by zutlewurdle on Feb 27, 2017 1:45:30 GMT -5
A quick search of the posts indicates that there's not too many dabbling with Arduino based sabers. Just thought I'd share.
The first prototype build came together quite nicely, though based on a 5v Arduino, finding suitable power was a bit of a pain. Also needed to a couple of 5v regulators to keep everything shipshape. Still, it works! (Blue PVC saber in pic).
V2 is based around a 3.3v Arduino module. Has the added bonus of being able to run from a 18650 and we don't need any regulators or 3.3v regulators for the LEDs (internal resistance of the battery seems to limit current OK and the LEDs seem to survive at 3.7v).
Working breadboard is here
And the near completed build which I'll be hot gluing a caddy for this evening (waiting on illuminated switch, 3W Star LED and 28mm 8ohm 2W Speaker). You can see that the electronics is not much longer than a 18650 battery. It's all going to be squeezed into a 26.5mm PVC saber for my 6 yr old (who as you can tell from the video, knows it's on it's way).
Post by ZahcStarKiller on Feb 27, 2017 1:57:32 GMT -5
Very cool!!! I have been thinking about playing around with arduinos to make a blaster that uses a real burning laser and has modes where the laser can be disabled for costume purposes. Endless possibilities!
profezzorn: hey ARKM, did you ever write a that tutorial on the toner transfer method?
Jun 23, 2017 15:50:15 GMT -5
ARKM: *waves hand* "I'm not the slacker you're looking for"
Jun 23, 2017 16:24:16 GMT -5
ARKM: Sadly no. Well, that's not entirely true. I did finish writing it but did not perform the steps and take pics of said steps.
Jun 23, 2017 16:26:30 GMT -5
ARKM: So it's like "Step 5: Using the high temperature temp, tape the paper with the design on it onto the metal part to be etched."
Jun 23, 2017 16:26:53 GMT -5
ARKM: ... but there's no Pic 4.
Jun 23, 2017 16:27:10 GMT -5
profezzorn: from other things I've read it's just PNP blue with some heat and pressure applied, right?
Jun 23, 2017 16:37:26 GMT -5
ARKM: Some use that. I could not get successful results with it but others have.
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:16 GMT -5
profezzorn: so what do you use?
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:36 GMT -5
ARKM: I personally use glossy magazine pages. I just rip a page out of a magazine and put it in the printer. The pages have to be the right thickness for the printer though. Too thin and they rip in the printer.
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:42 GMT -5