25 Replies Latest reply on Feb 14, 2017 7:30 AM by Rick Becker

# making a button

hey guys i have created a radio recorder which has a front door it has a button above and by pressing the button the door is going to open, i dont know how can i do this. if there is any mechanism to create such a thing plz tell me.

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Check some toys, specially some piggy banks and you can get the ideas.

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would you plz explain a little more? where can i find this? is this a video in youtube or sth els

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Mahdi.

Go to Toys-R-Us and look at toys that open a door when a button is pushed.

Try this for inspiration...Imagine what happens when you press the "Open" button.

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Rick Becker wrote:

Try this for inspiration...Imagine what happens when you press the "Open" button.

Would it really, really open ???

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Close your eyes John. Let your imagination run wild.

Think of a mechanical button, connected to a catch, with a compressed spring applying upward pressure on the door.

Now, in your minds eye, press that button. Keep going. Past the point of the catch.

Pop Goes The Weasel!

The spring propels the door open.

Now open your eyes. Relax. Take 3 deep breaths and get yourself a coffee. You Deserve it.

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Why is it that John is the only one who deserves a coffee? I had to read that. Just for reading that I imagined a weasel.

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Coffee all around.

Wait, I've been told that it is five o'clock somewhere.

Margaritas all around.

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What part should open?

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Oh! Oh! Oh! I know. Let me guess...

Second from the left...

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Just do it - life's good - lol

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I like multiple choice quizzes!!

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if i knew what mechanism it has for opening, i wouldnt bother myself asking.....

however thank you for great answer

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Mahdi, Find or purchase a device with a pop-up door, along with a set of screw drivers and take that device apart.

You just may learn a whole lot more than just how a spring loaded door works.

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Why buy when you can RTFM? (Read the manual, that is)

(Once you find a suitable device with a latch,)

Search for a user manual on such a device, until you find one with an exploded view or parts list or whatever suits your fancy. Let someone else's drawing show you, where available.

That said, it may be a wild goose chase because many consumer electronics aren't made to be disassembled. What if some poor user hurt themselves? Also, facetiously, what would a manufacturer want people to repair their own stuff for when they can dispose of it and buy a new one? For that matter, try searching for durable goods with a latch instead: something that someone would want to fix.

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Tom Gagnon wrote:

Why buy when you can RTFM? (Read the manual, that is)

(Once you find a suitable device with a latch,)

Search for a user manual on such a device, until you find one with an exploded view or parts list or whatever suits your fancy.

How old are you Tom?

Have you taken apart and repaired things?

Can you imagine not even being able to visualize in you imagination what a catch and spring loaded door may look like? Not even have a clue?

IMNSHO, looking at a picture of a latch in some owners manual will not convey the necessary information in this case.

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I saw Transformers: The Movie (w Judd Nelson, Orson Welles, Weird Al Yankovic, etc.) in a theater; old enough.

I built my first car from two half-cars. I had help, only with the transmission.

I think that, for someone using SWx, an image source ought to let them emulate it into a sketch.

User manuals with exploded views may show the intended relation of latch, hinge, spring, lever & button so that they can reassemble what they broke investigated.

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Tom Gagnon wrote:

Why buy when you can RTFM? (Read the manual, that is)

I usually go by: WAEFRTM (When All Else Fails, Read The Manual).

These days, manuals are not inspected for spelling, grammar, sentence structure or even correctness and accurate parts lists.

I recently installed a cook top (from a high quality mfgr.) in my counter and the instructions had missing dimensions for the cut, wrong wire size indications, incomplete details on mounting and I had to look at 3 different sections to find the clearance between the hot surfaces and the wood.

The WAEFRTM used to be a joke (somewhat) but now days it's less confusing if you are technically and mechanically inclined and quite often you need to just use it as a reference and then figure out how to do the things correctly.

Oh No - I'm on another rant!

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firstly apologies to Mahdi Amirabadi

honest- this is not truly going to help in your

original question- sorry

guys, guys, guys, and

gurls, gurls and

gusses

(or "ladies and germs" if one prefers)

and of course Rick sir,

you've really got to know how I've

tried not to mix it up in this thread but .........

whellllll- sorry Rick McDonald I'm sure there's an F missing

in the acronym I was taught, by the mealy mouthed

battle-ship stokers that I learned my trade from

the OP's "Making a Button" (apologies Mahdi again)

(although innocent we've all done it)

I could see where it could all lead- ho hum Rick Becker,

after imagining what should happen after

pushing the button (repeatedly numerous times),

I still have no unicorn in my garden,

I didn't win the lotto-

and that hot weather girl still has not

answered my inappropriate tweet of my nether yea'ah-

but what I do have is a cluster of dead pixels on my

laptop screen, that look like HAL9000's peep camera

and sorry Rick, but in today's "googled youtube yet" world

who needs an instruction manual, when you can (for 3 to 55 mins +)

watch an out of focus video of

the back of somebody's hand or 6" to the left of the

problem they mentioned in the title as "solved"

and as for rant- don't worry "they'll get over it"

kelef

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I  have read and re-read this post 4 times.

It must be too early in the morning.

I need a bigger cup of coffee!

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Or go to McMaster-Carr for latch parts that you can even DL SolidWorks models for.

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At this point, there may be nothing better than taking something apart (and putting it correctly back together) that Mahdi could do to actually learn something new and interesting.

I generally say that the biggest problem with these young "engineers" is that they have never actually manufactured anything.

I may need to revise that into the biggest problem with these young "engineers" is that they have never actually taken anything apart!

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You mean to tell us, that the cap removed from the bottle, at the graduation party, isn't taking things apart.....

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Another "biggest" -problem with these young engineers is- don't get me started with a list. GDI.

Way off subject.

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I hear you, Scott!!  That would be a whole different forum, not just a post!