Art Deco Analog Thermometer using Arduino

by educ8s, published

Art Deco Analog Thermometer using Arduino by educ8s Mar 16, 2017


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This is an Art Deco style analog Thermometer which uses an Arduino Nano as its brains.

The parts needed in order to build this project are the following:
• An Arduino Nano ▶ http://educ8s.tv/part/ArduinoNano
• An Analog Voltmeter with a range from 0-5V ▶ http://bit.ly/AnalogVoltmeter
• A DS18B20 temperature sensor ▶ http://bit.ly/2kxEwgy
• Two resistors, 1 100Ω and 1 100KΩ ▶ http://educ8s.tv/part/Resistors
• A photoresistor ▶ http://bit.ly/Photoresistors
• Two diffused yellow LEDs ▶ http://bit.ly/DiffusedLEDs
• A 1mm thick sheet of PLEXIGLASS ▶ http://bit.ly/PlexiglassSheet

The cost of the parts is around 10$.

Watch the detailed video I prepared on how to build this project:


I 3D printed the enclosure using Form Futura’s EasyWood Birch filament.

Wood Filament: http://bit.ly/WoodFilamentBirch

This filament looks feels and smells like real wood! It has a fantastic feel, it does not look plastic like PLA that’s why I prefer to use it my projects. Printing the parts, took a lot of time. It took around 10 hours but the result is great! I really love it.

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At first I sanded everything with fine sand paper. This procedure took more than 1 hour because I needed the parts to have a smooth surface. I could sand the parts even more but I was really excited to see the project completed so I stopped when I achieved this result. Then I used wood putty to make the parts I couldn’t sand smooth. After letting the putty to dry it was time to apply the oak wood varnish. I tried to apply the varnish with a paintbrush but it didn’t work out well. So I used a napkin to apply the varnish at first, and another clean one to get an even distribution of the color. After 10 minutes, all the parts were ready and I let them dry for 24 hours.

How I Designed This

I designed the enclosure in Fusion 360. Despite the fact that this enclosure is the most complicated object I have ever designed, it took me only 2 hours in Fusion 360! This software is really fantastic! The enclosure consists of three parts that they have to be glued together afterwards.

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Absolutely fantastic design.

Very nicely done,very detailed video and build instructions.
Art Deco is such a rich inspiring timeless piece of architecture
You have combined the classic with the modern,i commend you sir .-)

Would you be willing to share the Fusion 360 files? The file of the front has an issue with the left and right side not matching. The shape of the right side has issues. The radius of the curve from edge to the ledge is wrong causing an unsightly bump. Also, the bottom edge of the right side has a problem. It looks like a wonderful project.