Inspired by my love for Pacman.
What it does
Allows people to enjoy pacman as much as I do, the PCB works as a light, the automata is works as a toy, and the totem is a magnet.
How I built it
Designed PCM in altium and automata, totem, and PCB case in solidworks. After the PCB was created I soldered all the parts onto it. After designing the automata and PCB light case in solidworks, I laser cut them and press fit them together. After I designed the totem, I 3D printed it and pressed the magnet into its designated hole.
Challenges we ran into
Learning how to use Altium and Solidworks. Getting the magnet to fit in the totem was difficult I had to shave down the hole I originally put in my design before being able to press it in. Also, getting some of my laser cut pieces to fit together properly was a process. For example, it took more than one try to size the holes in the press fit box and the cam shafts to fit the dowel. The problem was also more complicated than I initually realized because the dowel needs to be able to slide around in the box, but needs to be fit really snugly in the cam shafts so they stay in the same position unless the dowel is being rotated. Thus, I had to laser cut these pieces multiple times. Another challenge was working on my PCB. Some of the pieces were oriented wrong and had to be re-soldered.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Learning how to use Altium and Solidworks. Learning how to laser cut and how to make press fit boxes. Also being able to fix pieces that didn't initially fit properly.
What we learned
How to use Altium and Solidworks, how to use the laser cutters, and how PCB design works.