RJ-45 Jack insert development using Sketch-Up January 12, 2013Posted by rik94566 in aquaponic automation, aquaponics, arduino, DIY aquaponics, Rj45 connector.
Tags: aquaponic automation, CAT 5 cable, DIY aquaponics, rik kretzinger
Being that I have gone with RJ-45 jacks as a standard for all my aquaponics systems I need a way to connect everything together. The problem I was having is that all the jack insert plates are standard switch plate or phone jack block mounting units and hard to fit into some automation designs. So I built a prototype of what I wanted out of materials I had laying around my shop. It is very rough and not the finished product I was looking for.
This prototype gave me a good idea of what I needed to make this work and is a good starting platform for future cases to work with my systems that I have on the drawing board. I had been looking for a project to help me learn Sketch-Up. Sketch-up is a 3-D drawing program to do design work with and allows models developed to be printed on 3-D printers. So here I go to make this happen. I am not going to go into all the steps needed on how to install or use Sketch-Up here (you will need to figure this out on your own).
So the most basic element of the project is the individual RJ-45 insert jack. Next step was to get a visual of what this would look like in the real world. I need to visualize my projects before I can build them. The first step was to figure out how I could get a handle on a working model. I started with a single RJ-45 switch plate and moved forward from there. All of this I purchased at Home Depot.
This now gave me a working model that I could pull measurements from. This proved to be harder than I thought and has taken me well over 6 months to get working. I have had many starts and stops when I have hit learning curve deficits. In other words me lacking the Sketch-Up skills to pull this project off. I have done a lot of work with VISIO in the past. But, when you jump from a 2-D drawing tools to 3-D drawing programs the learning curve is steep and well worth the effort as you will see in future posts. At least I think so.