A project log for Simple Analog Computer (Electronic Slide Rule)

An electronic slide rule, which was often called a simple analog computer in the 50s and 60s.

deftcoyotedeftcoyote 02/07/2021 at 20:240 Comments

The pieces used to build the analog computer.

For space, I overlapped the 3 potentiometer gauges. Rather than 3d print needles, which might hit each other, I glued the plastic circles to the knobs and drew a line on it for the needle.

The face of the computer with the gauges was laminated and glued to wood. I thin added side walls to mount in the pencilbox. I also 3d printed a battery holder for AA batteries. Again this is wired for either the voltage or the audio input. The finished bottom looks like this.

And that's it! There's a lot to be said about the actual potentiometers used. The tolerance should be less than 5% in order to get fairly accurate results. Using 20% tolerance means that between the 3 pots, your error could be too large to be useful.

I included in the files the gauge section without any numbers as well. This allows you to mark the gauges specific to your pots so that they're more accurate.