Today I printed quite a number of stuffs. Yay!
After months of waiting, the 3D printer is finally ready to be used! Setting up was quite easy and using MakeWare is rather straightforward. See below for some photos!
Here are the products of the 3D printing! Have to remove the base in order to the final product.
I have to reprint because the pill can just nice fit into the hole but cannot fall out from it. Anyway the printing process was quite fast, about 20 minutes for a servo horn of 5cm in diameter and 0.5cm in height. Happy! but what’s next? Everyone has started writing the FYP report. 😦
I went to the Open Innovation lab today and cut the plastic bottle with a very cool and scary tool. There is a very technical guy who showed me how to piece up the tool and gave instructions on how to use it. I don’t remember what that tool is called but I regret that I did not bring all the bottles that I need to cut. I am always afraid to do use tools that are powered by electricity and with sharp end, and there are so many precautionary procedures to remember. Anyway, I cut the bottles into 3 parts, anxiously.
The 3D printer in the lab isn’t ready yet but the person in charge mentioned that I can pass the drawing to him so that someone can help me to print it. I tried to redraw the customized servo horn using SolidWorks. It was so devastating! I Googled and watched many Youtube videos just to get some clues on where to find certain tools or create a shape. (I haven’t touch Solidworks for months…)The guy in the lab suggested Tinkercad and 123D 3D Modelling software as they are easier to use. They seem relatively simple and there are less functions but may not suitable for my project purpose.
Anyhow, I managed to get that simple drawing out after 4 hours. I hope I can print it out soon.
The design of the Pill Dispenser is out and I can’t wait to print the parts of it using 3D printer.
Today, thanks to Miss Selyn, I get an appointment opportunity with Mr Ong, the Assistant Director of NIEO and who is in charge of the Open Innovation Labs. He is a very friendly and kind guy who helped me to reassess my project idea. He pointed out some key things that are very useful during an innovation process. Although these are the things that are very general (and heard about them everywhere) but they are really an essential part of innovation. I think this method can be applied to any idea generation process too.
- Identify the pain points – what exactly is the problem that you are trying to solve.
- Give a real life scenario to better relate the pain points to “audience”.
- Come up with a solution to address each of those pain points identified.
- Consider different aspects and possibilities.
- Research on the existing solutions.
- Compare and contrast how my solution works better than the existing one (in terms of cost saved, time saved, resources saved, efficiency improvement, etc)
- Build a prototype from really simple material to get a feel of how the mechanism would work. Things seem perfect in mind and computer but not in real life.
For the pill dispenser, there is some interlinked issues that I have to solve in order to make it a marketable product. The backbone of the issue is that what is the exact pain point to solve, which in turns determines the application of the pill dispenser (in hospital or home usage). Other considerations include the additional features that can be added onto the pill dispenser (such as multiple notches on a disk), how fast can the dispenser dispense, can the pills be dispensed concurrently, contamination and storage issues, humanistic design, and so on.
I would say it was a very fruitful discussion as I gain a lot of old and new inspirations (old because I thought about it before but I have forgotten about it) and motivations. I’ve gain access to the labs and facilities inside. Mr Ong also showed me the 3D Printer, MakerBot Replicator 2, and brief me on how 3D printing works. It seems very interesting and I can’t wait to try it.
Got to work really hard for my FYP! >:)