This is my Mark One prototype. The servo motor spins the carousel exactly how I want it and I can easily control the speed through my coding. The tags can be easily read.
I still haven’t solved my loop problems but aside from that it’s running smoothly. I’m happy with the size and there is more than enough room to fit all my electronics into it. I’ve decided to use 4mm MDF for the final object. I will be able to accurately laser cut this and it can be finished easily and painted. It shouldn’t look like wood when its done. The lid will be frosted acrylic which I hope to vacuum form for a clean shape.
Mark Two will be just as challenging as Mark One but I feel I’m in a better place now I have a solid idea and physical prototype of my project. I’m extremely happy with the project and where it stands at this current stage. For me, Make Mark Two will focus on refining the physical appearance and the interactions that users will experience when operating it. There is a number of tests I have to do with materials, joints, sizing, durability of the object and its finish not to mention getting the electronics working flawlessly. I definitely have another busy three weeks ahead of me.