Little Carlsbad

We worked with the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center and their museum volunteers on the “Little Carlsbad” model train exhibit. This project involves adding user-controlled vignettes throughout the installation.

Here’s a preview of some of the animations we installed for the exhibit.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1520mGRuRjY&feature=youtu.be

Model train animation vignettes are controlled by motors with various voltage and current requirements. Our goal was to implement push buttons to each vignette to allow for a 30 second animation.

Specs for Motors
mine shaft : AC motor
bath scrubber : DC 12V
windmill : DC 5V
tire swing : DC 12V
round house train : DC
round house turntable : 24V
round house welder : DC 3-5V
cop and robber cart : AC 14V
outhouse : DC 5V
Coal Dump : AC 14V
Oil Rig : DC 5V

Instead of running various extension cords and long wires to each vignette, we used three Museduino Shields along with ten satellite Boards. This setup allowed us to have the main shields connected to power behind the installation and 20ft away from the animation controls.

museduino placement
Rough map of Museduino placement and vignette control

Our goal was to implement push buttons to each vignette to allow for a 30 second animation. Instead of running various extension cords and long wires to each vignette, we used 3 Museduino Shields along with 10 satellite Boards. This setup allowed us to have the main shields connected to power behind the installation and 20ft away from the animation controls.

 

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