This inspirational board holds has knobs at the bottom to hold key rings with keys, cards, or flash drives attached to them. The board can remind you to pick up your keys on the way out the door with a nice message to make your day.
When creating the knobs, make sure the knobs are an appropriate size for our key rings; the knobs should be smaller than the size of the key ring. Also, when students are designing the letters to spell out their quote, make sure that there is even spacing between letters, words, and both sides of the quote. Using the move tool can help ensure even spacing between. Use the copy tool for repetitive letters in your quote.
Students would be expected to design a unique board with knobs to hold key rings and create a meaningful message to go with it.
Anyone with basic skills in designing in the inventor program is able to participate in this project. The creation of the message and its letters requires patience and skill. From young students to adults, everyone can make a fun and unique board.
Students should have background with he Inventor program since it is used to design this board. They should be able to do basic math in order to create a message with uniform sized letters and equal spacing.
- Start on the XY plane. Draw a rectangle that is 9x4 inches.
- Extrude this rectangle 1/2". You have made the board.
- Create a new sketch on the front face of this rectangle. Draw a rectangle from the bottom corner that is 9x1 inches.
- In the middle of this rectangle, draw a circle that is .75 inches in diameter. This will be the center knob that is the shape of a full moon.
- Draw lines from both sides of the outer edge of the circle that are parallel to the edge of the board. These lines should be .85 inches long.
- At the end of these lines, create a circle that is .5 inches in diameter. Then draw a line from the outer edge of the circle that is .25 inches long.
- From the top of this line you just drew, draw another line down to the edge of the circle at 60 degrees. Then draw a line from the top of the same line down to the edge of the circle at 120 degrees.
- Using the circular array tool, select the two lines that make the point shape of a triangle and array it around the center of the circle to make 8 points.
- Delete the .25 line you drew in step #6 and trim any part of the circle that is in between the pointed "spikes". You have created the sun knobs!
- From the edge of the outer "spikes" on the left sun, draw a line .85 inches long towards the left edge of the board.
- Draw a circle at the end of this line .75 inches in diameter. From the center of this circle, draw a rightist line to the right until it touches the outer edge of the circle. Draw a .95 circle at this point.
- Trim any overlapping parts of the circle to make a moon shape that opens to the right.
- Do the exact same things you did in steps #10-12 except mirrored, so that you have a moon on the right that opens to the left.
- Extrude your moons and suns 1 inch.
- On the rest of the board make letters that spell out your message. The letters should be no wider than .4 inches with the exception of S, M, N, and W. Space the letters .15 inches apart in a word. Space words .3 or .4 inches apart depending on how long your quote is.
- Extrude the letters .5 inches.
Students will end up with a board that can organize keys and little nick-nacks on key rings. The board will have a meaningful quote that is special to them. Not only will it remind students to pick up their keys on the way out, it will give the students a little happiness with the special quote.