This is a timeline of my time spent developing materials and processes used to create the table/table top…each photo has a small description about that stage.
Initial LED testing
Connections, light effects
Light travelling through wood grain effect
Recycled wood,- Cut roughly on the band saw to create a grain effect
Acrylic tubing allows the light to travel further this way
Acrylic inserted into cut wood grain
Rhino model to cut wood effect
9mm mdf prototype
Birch ply effect on laser cutter…this wood did not work as the laser cutter had problems cutting through each layer of wood.
Polypropylene inserted into laser cut MDF with battery powered LED’s testing the transparency
Rgu- School hill, testing LED with circuit board, testing maximum light capacity
1x 3V LED, maximum brightness when used with 9V Battery
Final table legs, 9mm MDF
Straight cut legs using router after band saw.
Prototype table top testing height of the table. The table top was then inserted into the table frame to create a clean finish having a a border around the top view of the table. This was mainly for the aesthetic look of the table
electronic parts, LED’s, arduino board and accessories to create the lighting effect underneath the table top
Prototype testers for the sensors, checking the sensitivity of each sensor
circuit board wired up to create zone 1,2 and 3 effect
arduino and wiring process
LED’s working when connected to board
Happy me 1 week after!
Table painted white. The product could be kept this colour for a higher end sale for a higher end setting where it would be used less or used in a prestigious environment
The table top initially set in the table frame
Perspex sheets inserted. This material is strong enough, allows the light to travel well through the grains and creates an aesthetically pleasing feel.
setting up the LED’s in 2’s to cover each zone underneath the main table top
Mapping of the LED’s into 3 individual zones
Final Workshop Plan
soldering the connections from each LED strip, total 78 individual LED’s.
Zone 2 working (cup placement zone)
Rhino model of table top