Push the button!

February 29th, 2016 2 min read


This post is part of the Automatic Curtains series. Check out the other posts here:


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    With most of the automatic curtain motor units done, it is time to start worrying about the controls. With projects like these, you always have to work on the WAF-score. The Wife Acceptance Factor. So a simple control pad is a must.

    Using my favorite 3D drawing tool Autodesk Fusion 360, I managed to draw a 3d drawing of my button pad. This turned out to be quite a challenge, since I needed the buttons to fit exactly on the switches I would eventually put on a piece of proto board.


    After wrapping up the drawing, I put my Lulzbot Mini to work with some white ABS.


    As you probably expect, I did a few iterations of my design before everything lined up perfectly. But that’s the beauty of 3D-printing: unlimited prototyping!


    With the help of some proto board, I soldered the guts of the button pad. A piece of 9 wire ribbon cable allows me to eventually connect everything.


    The guts are covered with a simple backplate which I printed as well, resulting in a nice final package.


    The end result looks stunning! But more importantly, it will eventually allow my girlfriend to open and close the curtains without any technical guidance. ;)

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