Experimental Incubator/ei prototype designing

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One of the most important things which we have to decide on is "how do we want to do it?" meaning mostly in this case the practical way of building up a prototype. Below are suggested strategies.

experimental_incubator - news

Short time goal - next event - 30c3

I (Algoldor) will give "official" talk on the project of Experimental Incubator build up at 30c3 at the end of December. We need to have some prototyping models present, we will also give a workshop on what we are up to. So for now next step is to make a list (below) and order the parts which we need to build one or two "models/kits" and test them, ordering larger quantity for 30c3, 5-10x. We have around 30 days to take care about all of that, page below is mostly about that.

  • Industrial prototyping

Inspired by my (Algoldor's) friend Arnd I would suggest to go what he explained to me as an "industrial prototyping". Simplified: get well supported and functional parts for bit of extra cash and build up the first functional prototype from them. Afterwards when the prototype is working, start to break it down part by part redesigning them or using another cheaper/more feasible variants shaping the incubator to your like, bringing the costs down. This approach seems to be bit more expensive to start with but it ensures that even less experienced contributors to the project would be able to build their functional experimental machine having than what to work with which I think is crucial. For more info please check this page created at Techinc hackerspace by Arnd.

  • Parts needed to build up prototype/kit for 30c3

(parts suggested based on industrial prototyping scheme)

Component Function Model Specifications Amount Cost (€) Purchase links Component Suggested by
Arduino Board (clone OK) easy prototyping ??? 1x 15 DealExtreme Arnd
Arduino prototyping shield for easy prototyping ??? 1x 2 DealExtreme Arnd
LCD Display display data ??? 1x 7 DealExtreme Arnd
Temperature sensors to measure temp. ??? 2x 8 DealExtreme Arnd
Solid state relay switch on/off 220V elements ??? 2x 6-10 DealExtreme Arnd
H-bridge changing polarity of peltier ??? 1x 13-16 Ebay Arnd
RTC (real-time-clock) module keep count of time DS1302 based 1x 3 DealExtreme Arnd
Connectors for temp-probes connect the temp-probes ??? 2x 1 DealExtreme Arnd&Erwin
Pin Headers for Arduino (package of 5pcs) to connect boards ??? 1x 5 DealExtreme Arnd
Thermopaste to connect heatsinks to peltier ??? 1x 5 DealExtreme Algoldor
peltier element it is heating/cooling element ??? 2x 8 GM electronics Lars/Algoldor
cooler for heat distributiong ??? 2x ??? Arctic Lars, Algoldor