i. Concept- Is the project creative, original, functional, and pushing boundaries? Does the project effectively address the selected challenge?
The challenge is from field ready, to make a UV Curing light. Not only can it cure resin but it also has a spot light mode and UV germicidal lamp mode for sanitizing items in the field.
ii. Design- Is there a depth of design detail available (like a system design, CAD models, project test methods, etc.)? Is there base-level planning for the functionality (e.g., functional block diagram, list of specifications and descriptions of how they will be met, etc.)? How user-friendly is the design?
Every step is photographed and described well, this is an easy to reproduce project.
iii. Production- Is the project realistically reproducible (taking into consideration necessary materials, skills, and production processes)? Are the manufacturing processes detailed? Are those processes realistic for scalability?
This project could be reproduced in many ways, using different donor flashlight . spotlight casings that can be cheaply obtained and installing the correct light source in them.
iv. Benchmark- How well is the project impact and viability demonstrated? Are estimated costs realistic? How well does the project improve upon other currently available solutions?
I have made videos and will continue to make benchmarks and change the configuration to make the concept usable with different materials around the world. Alternate versions of the same project goal allows for different configurations with the same function.
v. Communication- How thoroughly have the Final Round requirements been completed? How well documented is the project? How “open” is the design?
These benchmarks are ongoing and different versions can be made to satisfy the requirements of the challenge, this is continually be updated and anyone who is following could reproduce this project with the parts listed and methods.
This is the Trio Pro light, it is designed to be compact by including three light sources inside the same flashlight / spotlight device.
UV glue curing is gaining popularity over other methods of bonding such as drying or exposure to chemicals, growing at a rate of 10% per year. Bonding with heat or drying works by evaporation, which can be inconsistent and can also take time for the inks to dry. Chemical treatment can be costly to purchase materials, and may expose employees to harmful inhalants or respiratory contaminants. UV glue curing is quick and consistent, providing and instant hardened surface with no harmful chemical exposure.
Germicidal sanitation: using high energy irradiation at close proximity. Using UV to disinfect objects is not a novel concept and it is well documented. However what is Novel is build and cost to goods. Handheld lamps from a genuine manufacturer are 200 dollars and up. Our goal is to reduce this by 75% using materials that we do not need to frequently order from another country, like china, and wait for. Fortunately we worked to find a company manufacturing our components inside the united states at a price that benefits everyone. This is where we found Star Lighting Industries. They make our bulbs in New York at a rate of $6 each. A wholesale order would further drive down the cost of the primary lighting source. We ordered 24 samples for our UV prototyping.
Flashlight- as with any field operation a flashlight is useful, so retaining the flashlight function in the UV curing lamp is very useful, they can even be used at the same time for night use.
Whatever the polymer used, the glue will not harden until exposed to UV light. This is advantageous over substances such as instant super glues that can stick to fingers or other areas not meant to be bonded together. With UV polymer or glue curing, the bonding area is targeted, drying instantly only in the area meant to be bonded. ...Read more »