Giant Light Brite ProjectGulf Coast Exploreum Science CenterWithITT Technical Institute
PROJECT DESCRIPTION• Based on the popular children’sgame Lite-Brite, created by Hasbroin 1967.• Two ITT Tech Capstone clas...
Conceptual Design DevelopmentOther Giant Lite Brites• Most built as a simple light box, whereholes without pegs installed ...
Initial Design ExplorationVarious diameter rods were explored in a grid patternto determine the number of rods needed in t...
Final Design for Lite Bright Playfield
Project Renderings
PrototypesTesting the concept.
1ST GENERATION PROTOTYPE• Built by electronicstudents to test theircircuitry design.• This first prototypewas built oversi...
2ND GENERATION PROTOTYPE• Final diameter of acrylic rodswas chosen by week 2.• Prototype built with actualsize materials a...
The construction of the final exhibitIt was a LOT of work!!
All holes for the plywood panel and acrylic cover were cut usinga CNC Router for, these pieces were manufactured directly ...
FABRICATION PROCESSCUTTING PVC PIPE INTO 3-13/16” LENGTHS (320 PIECES)
FABRICATION PROCESSCUTTING THE SLOTS INTO PVC PIPES AND CONNECTORS (640 PIECES)
Constructing PVC assemblies andinstalling micro switches (x320)
Carrying in the plywood panel to theITT Tech campus for wiring
FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONGreen micro switches are visible inthe PVC assemblies.
FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONFront view of the CNC-cut plywood panel with the PVC tubing glued in place.
FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONMasking off the switches in preparation for sanding the front of the piece. All ends ofthe P...
FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONInstalling LED units
FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONElectronics Students beginning the lengthy process of wiring all of the LED lights andswitch...
FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONMore wiring!
FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONTesting the LED lights in the first row
FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONAnd more wiring!
FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONFully wired panel being brought back to theExploreum for integration into the cabinet.
FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONExploreum staff just had to play with the wired panel when it arrived.
FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONDesign Drawings for the Light Brite cabinet.
FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONDesign Drawings for the Light Brite cabinet.
FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONDesign Drawings for the Light Brite cabinet.
FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONConstruction of the custom cabinet, built in the Exploreum’s loading dock.
FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONInstalling acrylic cover plate and frame.
FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONMasking and painting the finished cabinet (this was at about 3:00AM!).There is still a bit m...
Scratch Factory Phase TwoThe Giant light bright will be integrated into the new “ArtWorks” section ofthe gallery. The wall...
Scratch Factory Phase TwoExample of new “ArtWorks” gallery environment.
The Exploreum would like to extend a specialTHANK YOU!!To the students and faculty from ITT TechnicalInstitute for all of ...
Giant Lite-Brite by ITT Tech in Mobile, AL and @TheExploreum, Part 5.
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Here's the presentation that was made at the unveiling of the Giant Lite-Brite at the Gulf Coast Exploreum in March 2013. It shows how @ITTTech in Mobile, AL students collaborated with the @theExploreum to design and build in just 11 weeks!

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Giant Lite-Brite by ITT Tech in Mobile, AL and @TheExploreum, Part 5.

  1. 1. Giant Light Brite ProjectGulf Coast Exploreum Science CenterWithITT Technical Institute
  2. 2. PROJECT DESCRIPTION• Based on the popular children’sgame Lite-Brite, created by Hasbroin 1967.• Two ITT Tech Capstone classesworked as a team with theExploreum to design and build thisinteractive exhibit in just 11 weeks.• Design and Drafting and ElectronicsTechnology Capstone studentsworked together to create thisdisplay.
  3. 3. Conceptual Design DevelopmentOther Giant Lite Brites• Most built as a simple light box, whereholes without pegs installed are alwayslit with white light.• Although easier to build, that approachdoes not allow for the creation ofinteresting artwork with the colored pegs.• Most use smaller diameter acrylic rods.Goals for our version• Make a more high-tech version of theGiant Light Brite fit for a 21st centuryScience Center.• Have lights turn on automatically whenthe acrylic rods are inserted into theholes.• Use 1.5” diameter colored acrylic rods litfrom behind by LEDs for a dramatic effect.• Construct the full size exhibit before theend of this quarter.
  4. 4. Initial Design ExplorationVarious diameter rods were explored in a grid patternto determine the number of rods needed in the finaldesign. The spacing patterns were created by Draftingand Design Capstone Students using CAD software.
  5. 5. Final Design for Lite Bright Playfield
  6. 6. Project Renderings
  7. 7. PrototypesTesting the concept.
  8. 8. 1ST GENERATION PROTOTYPE• Built by electronicstudents to test theircircuitry design.• This first prototypewas built oversized.• However, It provedthe electronic designconcept.
  9. 9. 2ND GENERATION PROTOTYPE• Final diameter of acrylic rodswas chosen by week 2.• Prototype built with actualsize materials at accuratespacing.• Proved that the electronicswould fit within the space asdesigned.
  10. 10. The construction of the final exhibitIt was a LOT of work!!
  11. 11. All holes for the plywood panel and acrylic cover were cut usinga CNC Router for, these pieces were manufactured directly fromCAD drawings produced by ITT Tech studentsFabrication Process
  12. 12. FABRICATION PROCESSCUTTING PVC PIPE INTO 3-13/16” LENGTHS (320 PIECES)
  13. 13. FABRICATION PROCESSCUTTING THE SLOTS INTO PVC PIPES AND CONNECTORS (640 PIECES)
  14. 14. Constructing PVC assemblies andinstalling micro switches (x320)
  15. 15. Carrying in the plywood panel to theITT Tech campus for wiring
  16. 16. FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONGreen micro switches are visible inthe PVC assemblies.
  17. 17. FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONFront view of the CNC-cut plywood panel with the PVC tubing glued in place.
  18. 18. FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONMasking off the switches in preparation for sanding the front of the piece. All ends ofthe PVC pipes needed to be flush with the plywood surface so that the Black acryliccover plate lays flat when glued in place.
  19. 19. FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONInstalling LED units
  20. 20. FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONElectronics Students beginning the lengthy process of wiring all of the LED lights andswitches.
  21. 21. FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONMore wiring!
  22. 22. FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONTesting the LED lights in the first row
  23. 23. FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONAnd more wiring!
  24. 24. FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONFully wired panel being brought back to theExploreum for integration into the cabinet.
  25. 25. FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONExploreum staff just had to play with the wired panel when it arrived.
  26. 26. FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONDesign Drawings for the Light Brite cabinet.
  27. 27. FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONDesign Drawings for the Light Brite cabinet.
  28. 28. FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONDesign Drawings for the Light Brite cabinet.
  29. 29. FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONConstruction of the custom cabinet, built in the Exploreum’s loading dock.
  30. 30. FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONInstalling acrylic cover plate and frame.
  31. 31. FINAL PIECE UNDER CONSTRUCTIONMasking and painting the finished cabinet (this was at about 3:00AM!).There is still a bit more work to do on this piece, but will be on permanent display for the general public soon!
  32. 32. Scratch Factory Phase TwoThe Giant light bright will be integrated into the new “ArtWorks” section ofthe gallery. The walls of the new space is inspired by the art of Piet Mondrian.
  33. 33. Scratch Factory Phase TwoExample of new “ArtWorks” gallery environment.
  34. 34. The Exploreum would like to extend a specialTHANK YOU!!To the students and faculty from ITT TechnicalInstitute for all of your hard work to makethis new exhibit possible!
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