LRuler™™

Idea Generation

What is this project about?

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I am making a laser measuring tape. The LRuler™ will use two lasers to measure the distance to a wall using angles and trigonometry.

What do you want to get out of this project?

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I want to learn how to use lasers by seeing how far they can accurately go, how much power they use, and anything else that I could learn about them. I also want to learn how you can use math to find distances using angles. A small part of this project uses gears so I will also learn about creating and measuring gears in 3d modeling softwears.

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Guiding Question

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How accurately can you measure distances using two cheap lasers?

Exploration

Use this space to take notes, keep track of your sources, or conversations you have with people about this project.

all I need to do is measure the angles that would make each length using https://www.mathsisfun.com/algebra/images/sin-cos-tan.svg (credit goes to zach for the link)

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This shows the 1/4 gearing down system that uses 2 1/2 gear down systems.

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I made a program to check the angles I need for each distance, https://repl.it/@Cardy64/Angle-Distance-Script (shout out to Carolyn for the python class she taught)

Designed a flat board design to hold the mechanisms and batteries and stuff like that, I'm going to laser cut it out of acrylic.

Here are some photos of my dad teaching me about how to calculate the angles V V V

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Production

What will it take for you to complete this project?

Use the table below to set your own timeline for deliverables, keep in mind when your final work product is due at the end of the cycle.

Work Product Deliverables

MilestoneDateDone
Working test
January 20, 2021
More accurate test with documentation and measurements
January 25, 2021
Work Product due
January 29, 2021

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Reflection

Reflect on this project cycle by answering the questions below.

The act of reflecting allows us to pull out the big takeaways that we'd like to remember from this project to make recalling them easier.

What are some of the most interesting discoveries you've made working on this project?

I learned about how to model gears in Fusion360 as well as how they fit together.

I also learned about how to use batteries to power lasers

I used triganometry to find the length and angles the gears should be to find specific distances

What extra resources would be helpful for this project in the future?

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https://www.mathsisfun.com/algebra/images/sin-cos-tan.svg (credit goes to zach for the link)

🌹 What did you enjoy most about this project? 🥀 What didn't go well in this project? 🌱 What will you do differently next time?

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I really liked having a final project that I can now show to people

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I got the angles wrong for all of the distances so I had to re do all of them

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I'll pay a lot more attention to the math i do and I'll plan everything better before I start making it

Feedback

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