Ceiling mounted antennaBlind

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Description:
Hi, thanks for reading. We are looking to design a very simple, yet elegant plastic to house a small circuit board and antenna. it will need to mount to a ceiling tile, ceiling grid or with screws through some sort of mounting plate. (should have a magnet option) there should be a set screw or other mechanical method to connect from the antenna to the base. it's very likely this will be mounted nearby to one of these access points,www.arubanetworks.com/products/networking/access-points/550-series/ but we don't want to copy it, just be aesthetically pleasing and compatible. The PCB will be 2" round circle and I have 2 options for an antenna perpendicular to the PCB, first is 2-3/4 inches the second is 1 inch. the antenna will hang DOWN towards the floor from the PCB which shall be parallel to the ceiling. if the design appears much more pleasing with the shorter option that is preferred. I would guess 3" in diameter would be maximum. there will be a small USB cable exiting the side of the device, it would be nice if this had some sort of channel that held the cable in place in the event of accidental pull (strain relief idea) but mainly just so it didn't get unplugged by someone pulling on it. a 180 degree gentle radius on the channel may accomplish this? an s curve? the cable will be micro USB on one end into the PCB and regular USB on the other. the files received at the end of the project should be in a format easily viewed by our team without special software but should also be ready for the plastics tool maker to create the tool.
Wants:
we will evaluate this on simplicity of tooling and assembly as well as aesthetics. the design should be elegant in its simplicity.
Don't Wants:
i don't want anything that looks like half a ball glued to the ceiling. not a copy of the access points.
Ask for Sample:
we will 3d print samples in our office. please provide 3d printer compatible files.

Entries

= Buyer's Rating
#1 Concept Design by Jinen Sheth
Jul 22, 2020 14:39
#5 The box of electronic device by Ecco
Jul 25, 2020 13:07
#4 CEILING MOUNTED ANTENNA by benjamino
Jul 23, 2020 9:12
#28 Turtle by andyt
Aug 4, 2020 22:09
#20 ceiling_mount_7.stp by hannahdesigns
Aug 4, 2020 0:09
#16 angular antenna housing by Akash Jayanthan
Aug 3, 2020 15:41
#14 concept7cma by hannahdesigns
Aug 3, 2020 14:51

Discussion

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Akash Jayanthan

Designer

Thu, 06 Aug 2020 04:23:16 +0000
Thanks for the opportunity. But I have a slight suggestion for future competitions. You could attach maybe hand drawing/example photo for what design you require, because your description of this product based on just wording was honestly quite vague. I'm saying this as you can receive many more designs that can be worthwhile.

Shreyasp

Designer

Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:17:14 +0000
Thanks for opportunity

TD

Buyer

Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:11:17 +0000
This contest is now closed, thank you to everyone for all the excellent submissions. the team will be reviewing today and it's likely we will choose the winner tomorrow.
thank you again, you are all very talented.

Quantum_Designs

Designer

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 15:24:08 +0000
, Hello Mr. TD, thank you for the ratings, Please check attached 2nd concept :)

Saurabhverma

Designer

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:18:02 +0000
Thank you for the coontest TD. I have attached all the 3d printable files for all the concepts, If you face any difficulty in printing the files, I am available to make iterations based on your printer type, nozzle size, extruder size.
Feel free to contact anytime to discuss changes and iterations for any design concept :)

Rishi reddy

Designer

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 21:18:16 +0000
Thank you for the opportunity TD. I'll be online and available if at all you'd like to discuss/suggest changes to the model that'll make or break the decision as a part of your team review.

TD

Buyer

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 14:23:08 +0000
Thank you everyone for the submissions and comments. We will be doing a team review later today and will respond with ratings and comments. Thank you!

Quantum_Designs

Designer

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:06:37 +0000
, Hello Mr. TD, If you give some ratings and OR feedback, it will be helpful for us to improve our designs :)

Rishi reddy

Designer

Thu, 30 Jul 2020 15:54:18 +0000
Hey TD,
Just an additional detail to my description :
The designi submitted is 2.4 inches wide and 1.4 inches tall
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:11:03 +0000
Hey CH, could you please explain the position of the USB port relative to the PCB, will it be parallel or perpendicular to the PCB.
Also what side will the cable be connected from- front, back or side.
The previous comments have left me a bit confused. If possible a hand drawn sketch explaining this would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks

Chaniago

Designer

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 21:14:34 +0000
Hi...
how much is the total weight of the antenna?
Regards
Chaniago

TD

Buyer

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 18:17:42 +0000
The thickness of the PCB is 1.5mm.

The antenna will be a helical antenna or coiled wire standing off the PCB.

Similar to this one (but will be perpendicular)
https://www.enocean.com/typo3temp/GB/csm_STM320_Sensor_f_Mag_cmyk-300dpi-wht_exemplary_image_b5096fd1c0_2f25297f95.jpg
Fri, 24 Jul 2020 16:10:49 +0000
Hi,
second question what is the intended thickness of the pcb
- Joel B
Fri, 24 Jul 2020 16:08:11 +0000
Hi,
Could i get more detailed dimensions of the antenna?
-Joel B

TD

Buyer

Fri, 24 Jul 2020 02:21:00 +0000
The link to the access point is only for a design reference. You will not be designing an access point. The design is for an accessory to the access point. Since they will be mounted near each other it would be nice to have similar aesthetics.
Fri, 24 Jul 2020 02:11:32 +0000
We got to design the access point, with reference to the link, along with the antenna assembly?

TD

Buyer

Thu, 23 Jul 2020 17:21:28 +0000
Hi, I'll address several comments here:
we would prefer a snap-together assembly. (base plate to housing) the PCB can snap into place as well... if a screw pattern is used it should be 2 screws at opposite sides of the PCB and use plastic stands to hold it up on the opposite sides
the material has not been chosen yet,
The micro USB should be connected underneath/hidden but if removed from the base the cable can be easily removed/changed to a new one. there should be 2 cable routing options, one directly out the base (going into the ceiling) and the other out a little u shaped space in the side. pinched kind of between the baseplate and the housing.
the device can be mounted on the wall if needed. since the antenna is internal it will stay in the same orientation. perpindicular to the PCB and standing up 1 inch or 2-3/4 inches depending on the design. (but UNDER the plastic housing, internal)
I may choose a second design for award if we find 2 that are close to meeting our needs.
if the ceiling is not accessible the cable will come out the side, mounting over not accessible place will not be an option.
thank you!
Thu, 23 Jul 2020 09:13:38 +0000
The micro USB should be easy connected/disconnected from the outside of housing?
I'd like to know the material that will be used for injection if it is already chosen, in case of series production.

Insan Gunawan

Designer

Thu, 23 Jul 2020 03:52:51 +0000
Hi TD.
I just done my preliminary design before you add aditional term from your managers.

Please review. I'll make update it later to meet the latest requirement.

Btw, just a question, maybe...Is there any additional winner's prize? (or for 2nd, 3rd winner) since addtinional requirement added to the contest :) 😃

Cheers,
Insan
Thu, 23 Jul 2020 01:47:26 +0000
Hello TD! Thank you for your design brief. some questions:

Is the power coming in from the USB? Are there any buttons on the device, status LEDs, reset holes? Are there any Logo considerations? What about heat dissipation vents? Is the antenna inbuilt on the PCB or a screw type antenna.

Can the device mounted on the wall? If the device is mounted in the wall the antenna will be sideways?

How is the USB routed within the ceiling if the ceiling is already finished or that is not an option ?(just curious)

Thank you!

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