Our design prompt was to design something that would make doing things easier at NuVu. We found that the laser cutter line here is long and disorganized. People do not know how long until they can cut, and by the end of the day people are cutting without having waited for their turn. Because of this we wanted to find a way to fix some of these problems. Our solution is a digital laser line that will stay organized and make it easier to see when it is time to cut.
The new laser queue started out with a vision: we would be able to read the estimate from the laser cutter of how long the cut would take, read the current cut's time, and also have the queue. After puzzling for hours over the laser cutter format, we got a piece of code that will read the estimate from the laser cutter software; the current cut time required a piece that we've ordered, and will implement soon. The queue itself was simple: we had a centralized server holding the data, and any computer can connect and add themselves to the queue, through a web page.
Our new laser queue uses a TV mounted on the wall outside of the shop to display information. This method of displaying information is great because anyone can see what is going on. There is also a keyboard and touchpad for students to input their names so that they can be put on the list. Because of this, people can put themselves on the list from outside the shop. Now nobody will need to go into the shop to write their name, only to get distracted. While many parts of the new laser line are great, there are still some problems. Since we put the display right outside of the shop, the hallway may get crowded with people easily. This could end up blocking people from moving between the two main parts of NuVu. Another problem is that we don't have a finished product yet. Because of this the keyboard, computer, and wires are messy and not in the wall yet. We hope that if there is more time for us to work on this project that we will be able to mount all of the remaining electronics in the wall instead of having them hanging out.
Our final product is accessible from anywhere at NuVu. One can see the line as well sign up from the TV near the shop, or from any internet capable device. Once one is on the list, they will even be able to cancel or move their job down one spot. Using any web browser, you can go to nuvulaser.local to access the line while you are in the space. Once on is looking at the list, they can add a name, cut length, material, and priority. Once they do that the cut will be on the list.