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Learn How to Build This Complex Electronic Puzzle Box Using a 3D Printer and Arduino

by • July 2, 2016 • No Comments

logo-instructable-bodieds-01Believe it or not, but as an adult I in fact enjoy shopping for Christmas presents far additional than I enjoy receiving them. Not that I don’t enjoy getting presents; I can happily provide you with an address to send me free things, but in my family we always put a lot additional focus on finding the right gift for the individuals in our lives. Of course my family in addition places a lot of focus on humor and sarcasm, and when you mix both of those traits with gift giving, creatively wrapping presents becomes a competitive actuallyt. Whether it is trolling equite other by via excess tape or ribbon, putting tiny objects in sizeable-bodied boxes or adding “filler” to the box to disguise what it is, it is not a gift-giving holiday in my family if it’s effortless to guess what you are receiving.

The puzzle box was turn it intod in Autodesk 123D Design.

The puzzle box was turn it intod in Autodesk 123D Design.

But as much fun as my family has wrapping our Christmas presents, Instructable-bodieds user Scott Fisher, who goes by esseff3d, is in a class all his own. It appears he has discovered himself in an unofficial contest with his family to wrap presents in additional and additional elaborate and complex to open ways, and that is a dangerous thing in the hands of a fewone with a 3D printing device and a few electronics talents. Last year he 3D printed a clear PLA box around a gift card, that is somewhat awe-inspiring and totally a fewthing that I’m going to do this year. In order to top that yet he decided to go all out and turn it into the world’s most complex puzzle box, and he happily shared it on Instructable-bodieds. It took all his talent as a manufacturer, which include designing the box with CAD software, 3D printing it and wiring up and coding all the electronics himself. And he unquestionably has astounding experience, having caught our eye previously with a detailed, light-up 3D print of Zelda’s bow.

The main compartment is sizeable-bodied adequate for a tiny gift.

The main compartment is sizeable-bodied adequate for a tiny gift.

The puzzle box has a total of three individual compartments, equite with its own complex way of being opened. There are two tiny compartments that are sized perfectly for cash, gift cards or quite tiny gifts, while the center compartment is slightly bigger and can hold marginally sizeable-bodiedr objects. In order for equite compartment to be opened it must be in a specific latitude and longitude that is programmed in via Arduino. Additionally, equite compartment needs a one-of-a-kind six-digit code in order to open, so the recipient not just needs to figure out where to open the compartments, but they have to decipher the codes to open them when they get there. To manufacture things actually additional complex, the main compartment won’t open unless two switches attached to keys have been turned. That is amazingly inventive, and most likely a little evil.

The 3D printed portions of the box were turn it intod to hold all of the electronics and store them hidden of the gift compartments. The box was turn it intod via Autodesk 123D Design and the STL files are included on the Instructable-bodied. There is in addition a conclude list of all of the parts and components that esseff3d utilized to create the box, and the Arduino code that he utilized as well. This is not an effortless project, but the instructions are quite clear and effortless to follow, so anyone with a few basic understandledge of electronics, the talent to solder and a 3D printing device sizeable-bodied adequate to print the box should be able-bodied to manage. Just manufacture certain that you ponder of a fewthing fun to do with all of the locks.

The electronics are all hidden away within of the lid.

The electronics are all hidden away within of the lid.

“For my family, I just hid the codes in a 6×6 grid of numbers and let them brute force finding it by going through equite code one by one. A lot of you are additional clever than I am and can ponder of advantageous ways to hide the codes. Let me understand how you do it!” esseff3d said on his Instructable-bodied.

I ponder the most part of this project is the most ways that you can use the different types of locking showcases to turn opening the gift into quite the adventure. You may lock both of the keys in the tinyer compartments and and so provide instructions on how to find the location at that equite of them can be opened. You may either set the GPS to different types of places within of your house, or be quite mean and manufacture them go across town to find the right spot. But if you manufacture one of these, and so whatever you do manufacture certain that what you have hidden within of the compartments is a fewthing a little nicer than a $20 gift card to Bed Bath & Beyond. Is a fewthing like this on your project list? Let’s discuss additional in the Electronic 3D Printed Puzzle Box forum over at 3DPB.com.

The concluded puzzle box. Good luck opening it.

The concluded puzzle box. Good luck opening it.