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World's first Solar Powered Motion Activated Donation Box

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World's first Solar Powered Motion Activated Donation Box

Postby Craig » Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:11 am

Made this for the Battleship Iowa.

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Postby james.davis » Fri Oct 16, 2015 2:00 am

Beautiful work, that is amazing .Thanks for sharing.
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Postby East German » Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:57 am

Wow!!

Great work!

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Postby Redneck » Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:25 am

Impressive!

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Postby Capstone » Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:33 am

That is next level... Thanks for sharing Craig
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Postby Bobcat320 » Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:06 am

Amazing!
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Postby oldmountaincrafts » Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:25 pm

That looks amazing and for a worthy cause.
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Postby little blue choo » Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:13 pm

AWESOME!!!
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Postby Craig » Sat Oct 17, 2015 4:37 pm

Thanks All, this one is powder coated and plated.
The way I figured it you can't get someone to put money into a donation box unless you can get them to the box, everyone like bling.

Shane Warnick wrote:Nice work. So, motion activated, I assume the lights come on when someone is walking by to draw attention? Does it play a recording as well, maybe some audio talking about the ship etc???

Shane


Thanks Shane, it's funny you mention that, I also had the idea of sound effects but it ran down the battery too quickly.
It did get me thinking and my next donation box will be more like a game. It will be similar to those Pachinko games but with coins instead of balls.
The coins drop in from the top and the player can turn knobs to catch and redirect the coin into one of 4 slots in the bottom an optical switch will see the coin fall and play a sound from say the 16 inch guns going off another slot might have 40mm gun sounds. It will also light up red LED's from behind that are synced with the sound, I think kids will love this game.
I plan to use a motion sensor so when a guest approaches the game it will play this sound.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0B8iIYjO4U

I started this prototype board to help me learn the physics of the coin fall. I still have a lot to figure out but will report back when I get farther along.

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Postby Sampson Jones » Sat Oct 17, 2015 4:58 pm

excellent as usual Craig !
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Postby radnurse68 » Sun Oct 18, 2015 2:02 pm

I concur! Great job!
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Postby Craig » Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:40 pm

Here is the DXF file for the Iowa badge. Craig Johnson
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Postby whiskeymike » Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:09 pm

Do you have any pics from the build process? It would be great to see them.

How did you do the smooth bends?

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Postby tnbndr » Wed Oct 21, 2015 6:58 am

Nice work.!!!
Can you post what you used for the battery operated motion detector and lights?
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Postby Craig » Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:28 pm

whiskeymike wrote:Do you have any pics from the build process? It would be great to see them.

How did you do the smooth bends?


Sorry Mike no pics of the build I changed my design a few time so they might be confusing anyway.
I used 18g cold rolled steel so I could bend it by hand. It's a little thinner then I like to use because it dings a little to easy for an outside hands on piece. I started at the top and used spring clams and vice grips to hold the sides down and just tack weld and bend as I go down the sides making sure to keep the overhang on the sides even.

tnbndr wrote:Nice work.!!!
Can you post what you used for the battery operated motion detector and lights?


Tnbndr this is the IR motion detector I used it's not outdoor rated so I mounted it inside and cut a hole in the side for the sensor to stick out of I sealed it all with silicone and used a spray on silicone to keep the connections dry.
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The LED's are waterproof strip lights with adhesive backing they where left over from another project and can't remember where i got them.

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Postby MadMetal2000 » Mon Oct 26, 2015 8:06 pm

WOW!!! Craig another fantastic job, how do you come up with this stuff!!! I don't know what they are paying you but I am sure it's not enough. :lol:

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MadMetal2000 wrote:WOW!!! Craig another fantastic job, how do you come up with this stuff!!! I don't know what they are paying you but I am sure it's not enough. :lol:


Thanks, being a volunteer I get payed by being involved with a piece of American history but also it is quite an honor for me that they think enough of my work to display it on board I also enjoy the fact that my work will be viewed by hundreds of thousands of people every year.
This was installed this morning before opening and by the end of the day the box had $22 in it.

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Postby Buzzard Gut » Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:33 pm

That is so cool Craig! Nice job to !
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Postby MadMetal2000 » Sat Nov 21, 2015 6:41 pm

Looks cool installed Craig do you know how much money it has made so far. And thanks i really enjoy looking at the stuff you make.

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Postby Craig » Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:28 pm

MadMetal2000 wrote:Looks cool installed Craig do you know how much money it has made so far. And thanks i really enjoy looking at the stuff you make.


Thanks, just found out today that the Box made $306 in it's first 2 weeks. Craig Johnson
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