We modeled the machines using Solidworks 3D software. The external shell was designed to be cut from 8mm laminated plywood. The internal elements were a combination of bespoke and off the shelf components. All elements were designed to be made through a number of in house digital processes such laser cut acrylic profiles, 3D printing and hand soldered components. We used standard parts such Acer tablet, optical mouse device, micro switch push buttons and USB ports.
Once completed in 3D we extracted 2D profiles from Solidworks, creates were checked and prepared ready for CNC cutting. We used Draft Sight an open source 2D CAD software saving output files as .DXF
Using our PACER 8'x4' 3 Axis CNC router we cut the profiles to predetermined depths from double sided 8mm laminated plywood. The parts were cut and rebated using 6mm and 3mm router bits a for ease of gluing during assembly.
Some bespoke components like the curved corners were printed in ABS Nylon using our 3D printer.
Wiring, soldiering and connecting up hardware components.
On the Wadebridge version an image of Wadebridge bridge was turned in to half tone in Photoshop, then raster engraved onto the top surface of the cut laminate the using the laser cuter.
Finished Wadebridge vote machine complete with engraved laminate image.
Finished Superfast broadband vote machine complete with bespoke laminate inlays.