I'm board - here is some of my workday

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  1. max rockatansky

    max rockatansky I'm just here for the gasoline Gold

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    I'm bored - here is some of my workday

    I'm working on a permanent install that has some interactive displays - kind of like a Wonderworks or museum display. One of the displays has Matchbox size cars driving around on through an under floor diorama. First I built a protype of the roadway to test the mechanical and electrical components. The base of the roadway is particleboard melamine that has a groove cut into it for a roller chain to pull the cars. The blue plastic top covers most of the mecahnics and electrical parts. This is just the prototype so the colors will change.
     

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  2. Dominic GPS

    Dominic GPS TIT: Texan-In-Training VIP

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    reminded me of a fail pic I once saw

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    You should have made a passing lane
     
  4. max rockatansky

    max rockatansky I'm just here for the gasoline Gold

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    Damn spellcheck :c
     
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    looks interesting what kind of work do u do?
     
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    it happens

    made me think of slot racers

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    Dommie, I have seen you type much worse. :jj:
     
  8. max rockatansky

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    Tradeshow exhibits
     
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    The display currently has slot cars in it. They are way to fast for scale - thus the new system.
     
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    very cool..i like those shows
     
  11. max rockatansky

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    It is a huge industry. The general public only knows about a few consumer related shows. They do not realise how many business related shows that happen every day.
     
  12. FlaFlaFlunkie

    FlaFlaFlunkie Fabulous!

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    ...and stupid. You forgot stupid. :jj:

    "board."
     
  13. max rockatansky

    max rockatansky I'm just here for the gasoline Gold

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    Here is a close up of the modified slot car.
     

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    Cool pics and interesting topic of what you do Max :hat:
     
  15. max rockatansky

    max rockatansky I'm just here for the gasoline Gold

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    For the electronics I have a power window motor with a gear mounted to it to pull the chain. A micro-controller will send a signal that will energise a latching relay to turn the motor on. A magnetic switch is embedded under the blue plastic to sense when the car passes by to shut the motor off. The whole thing runs off of 12V DC so to test it I use a cordless drill battery.

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    right on
     
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    Elmsford, NY.

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  20. Dave

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    X2, this is cool stuff.