[George] and his coworkers prefer to blow off a little bit lunchtime steam on the corporate ping pong table. We’d do the identical, besides it’d simply be us versus the wall, and a lot of the train would encompass bending over to choose the ball up off the ground. When he discovered a scrap piece of acrylic out of their store, [George] acquired the brilliant thought to make an edge-lit paddle featuring the company’s logo.
Not solely does the paddle look cool, it really works fairly nicely, too, although it’s heavier and has clean surfaces in comparison with a typical paddle. To start, [George] discovered a regulation-size paddle define and imported it into SolidWorks, then designed all the required cuts for the LEDs and different electronics. He additionally designed and printed ergonomic grips to guard the products.
Persevering with the stuff-on-hand theme, [George] used through-hole LEDs and dug into the abundance of battery clips and comes they’ve mendacity round for designing prototypes, as an alternative of constructing all of it fancy with SMT LEDs and a chargeable battery pack. Slip on these sweatbands, as a result of we’re serving up the construct video after the break.
We see extra ping pong balls than paddles round right here, and that’s in all probability as a result of they make nice LED diffusers.