In this episode we’ll be creating the most
amazing cat’s and dog’s house using inexpensive materials and making them luxurious using
Roland printers Hi Folks, I’m Custom Cez and I welcome you
to my new series “Roland Master Maker” We will documents a number of DIY projects
hoping to be a good source of inspiration for your own activities During the process I will show you to some
of Roland’s fantastic machines Being this episode one I’ve decided to start
with a BANG! By the end of this video you’ll have witnessed
the creation of the most amazing cat and dog house you have ever seen I’m going to use some inexpensive material,
OSB wood boards 18 millimeters thick Although it looks cheap we’ll make it look
like a million bucks using Roland technology But let’s go one step at the time Like with every other project we start with
a pile of tools, building materials and lots of hope for everything to work out just fine In order to start we need some blue prints,
if you’d like the dog house plans are available for download at this episode’s web page
along with the arduino code and all the graphics we’ll be using for this project Follow the link to our facebook page in the
description to find them. Before cutting we need to draw the part according
to the dog house designs and you know what they say: measure twice and cut once… so,
I start measuring There’s no need for special tools, even
by myself, with the help of a few clamps and a wooden strip, I can draw some pretty accurate
large designs Now I need to draw a big arch, too large for
my school size compass But I have a trick I need a rigid strip, like an old saw blade,
I’ve drilled two holes on it, and the distance between them is equal to the value of the
radius of the arch Now I can use one hole as a pivot on a small
nail and the other hole will guide the pencil Quick and easy I have another simple technique that might
come in handy to make straight cuts without expensive tools all You’ll need a basic rotary saw, I start
by measuring the distance between the blade and the base edge In my case 28 millimeters Then I transfer the offset onto the piece
I need to cut Now by aligning a wooden strip to the offset
line using some clamps, I can use it and a guide for the saw You do need to be careful to the side of the
cut because in outside cuts you need to account for the thickness of the blade For curved cuts you’ll need a jigsaw, just
like for the top of the entrance way But be careful cause one wrong move and you
need to start over The front of our amazing dog house is ready
to go When I finish a piece of any project I like
to put a big x on the blue print, it gives me a sense of accomplishment To keep the waste to an absolute minimum the
door hole is reused to make one of the two pieces of sloping roofs Waste not want not. So, until now I’ve shown you the homemade
way of doing very straight cuts, but if you, like me, are so lucky to have a friend that
can lend you one of these professional rotary saws, then you really are in business. This tool has a precise adjustment for diagonal
cutting, a very clean cutting blade and its own track so that aligning the blade to the
cutline it’s a breeze These features make the job fast and accurate The rest of the job was very easy with the
new toy so now I can move on to preparing the wooden studs I’ll need to make the dog
and cat house infrastructure You might wonder why I need an infrastructure
when I’m already using half inch thick board. This is another of my money saving tips Using metal corner pieces can be expensive
and I definitely don’t want to risk splitting a board by running screws through it longitudinally Using the studs, with a buying price of about
5 bucks for 4 meters, pretty much the cost of one or two corner pieces, we can ensure
a robust and safe connection between the boards The two pointy studs that will support the
roof of our amazing dog house are the last two pieces that we need to cut according to
the design I should now have all the studs and all the
boards to start assembly The plans are full of checkmarks and the trash
bin is so full of crap that is overflowing onto the floor Good! It’s a sign of accomplishment. Lots of scrap… Lots of accomplishment. Let’s keep it up. I like to predrill the screw holes so not
to stress the wood and even with the extra step the structure is ready in a few minutes Using the boards as place holders I find and
mark the exact spots were the structure needs to be placed. As I’ve mentioned before I like to predrill
all the holes because there is nothing worse than splitting a piece right when you are
placing the last screw… Because you know that that’s exactly when
it is going to happen right? Right! Before assembling the walls I want to install
the cat steps, it’s much easier to do it now that later. Consulting the diy dog house plans available
for download following the link in the description, I find the position ofthe first step and
prepare the 4 screws that will hold it in place As you can see this process is much easier
with the wall placed horizontally… and the steps are quickly ready to go. Now the side wall can be installed onto the
structure And with the first screw the Roland Amazing
Pet House assembly process has officially begun You’ll notice that the screws positions
have been marked with a pencil line There are two reasons for that. First of all having all the screws nicely
aligned is pleasing to the eye, secondly this way we know that is the right position for
every screw to bite onto the structural studs Once all the walls are up it’s time to tackle
the inside pocket that will hide the sensor and arduino controlled pump that will feed
the automatic water dispenser Every time a pet comes close the water fountain
will turn on If you have a dog, and you might if you are
watching this, you know that they love running water Our Roland amazing pep house offers a fully
automated solution for that Now that the facade is up we can begin to
see the final shape. Keeping up with the dog house plans, the right
side is where I designed the raised area for the water bowl and the reservoir that will be
feeding the fountain With a couple of measures and the help of
a compass and a jig saw, the stainless bowl finds its final placement Any decent house must have a roof and an amazing
one has to have a special one After placing the flat board that will constitute
the floor of the cat house, I proceed with the installation of a charming sloped roof It’s supported by the two pointy studs we
saw before and it has the secondary function of providing a hiding spot for a kitty or
two But you ain’t seen nothing yet, the real
cat house I’m gonna build right now I start by finding the side walls locations… then I drill the screw holes… and finally I screw in
the cad house walls Now I can place the roof by reading the measurements
on the blue prints Now it is time to build the scratch post We all know how much better they are that
our couches for our lovely little friend’s nails The core is made by a pvc pipe cut to measure As a coupling I figured that a wood disk would
offer a good surface for a snug fit with some glue On top of the pipe I’ve designed a nice
platform for the cat to rest on, they like to sit high up at an advantage point so that
they can keep an eye on what is happening around them The same was done with the secondary scratch
post on top of the cat house We can finally see the actual shape of the
Roland Amazing Pet House On the left side you can see the cat wheel
that we’ll build in the next episode, but for now, let’s concentrate on the main residence To recap I manage to build the dog house out
of four cheap OSB boards In Italy you can buy a 2 and a half by 1 and
a quarter meters, 18 millimeters thick board of this stuff for about 18 Euros So now that we have built the pet house it
is time to make it truly a mazing using what Roland has to offer going from this… to this! Let’s go. We are here at the Roland DG mid Europe Laboratories and this place is filled with amazing stuff For this project though they are letting us
use the UV printer This printer can print onto a surface up to
1.6 by 1.5 meters and the bridge can be raised as you can see up to 20 cm We’ll use this printer to print onto our economic
OSB wood material which is very cheap, and in the end it will look beautiful, texturized,
you can even print with a thickness on it and you’ll see by the end of the episode this
is going to be fantastic The printing process is very simple All we have to do is place the panel on the
machine’s flat bed In this case is wood but it could be fabric,
leather, ceramic, cement, plastic, metal or even glass Then we need to load the graphics file Before coming here to Roland I prepared all
the designs I want printed onto the boards. Drawing vectors is the way to go because you
can scale as much as you want without losing quality Once the graphics are ready the printer positions
the head over the panel to start a calibration process before beginning printing The ink is transferred onto the surface with
fantastic resolution and UV lamp dries it instantaneously With a bunch of consecutive passages it could
even build up a thickness made out of many layers resulting in a base relief This is great for tactile applications like
simulating wood grains Here we have one of the two cat house walls,
a relatively small piece Now let’s get to the bigger stuff starting
with the front of our dog house. This is Giuseppe Ponzanetti, we call him Peppe He is the ultimate Roland machines guru and
he helped me get stuff done the entire day He starts by making sure that the board is
aligned with the reference grid we printed on the actual printer bed Then… the printing shell begin Depending on the project, density of the surface
and the desired resolution, Peppe can adjust many printing properties, like for example
the speed or, for base relief prints, the number of layers In no time at all here is the final product It’s almost impossible to think that in
just a few minutes this cheap board could go though such a radical transformation Now that I’ve got into the swing of things
let’s get the other boards done, but before anything else I’ve got to properly customize this Roland
printer! One by one all the parts of the amazing pet
house are turned into pieces of art When needed we did some tweaking right on
the spot The Roland Team gave me their best asset:
their know how! No wonder they call it the “Dream Team” Just to give you an idea of the execution
time, the larger panels took about 10 minutes each to get printed And while we wait for them to be done, Lilla,
Designer extraordinaire, and I worked on a draft of the series logo on a Wacom board After a wonderful day spent with the Roland
Dream Team all my parts are ready and and it’s time for me to get back to my shop
to put everything back together. Let’s go! Since all measures have been already taken
and the screw holes have already been done, putting back the Roland now truly amazing
pet house is quite easy In just about half hour all walls are back
up and the house’s facade had a set of hinges to simplify cleaning operations and to grant
access to the automated water dispenser All the surfaces for the cat house need to
be carpeted, simple but laborious process I’m sure that pro carpet people will be
able to suggest the best way of doing it, I did my best and this is what I did Using some fairly inexpensive felt carpet,
5 Euros per square meter, I covered all surfaces using mainly glue and staples Just make sure not to staple where the cats
will do their nails I did the same for the scratching poles, to
favor the adhesion of the glue on the PVC plastic I first sent it with a coarse abrasive
sponge After cutting the carpet to size I liberally
apply glue on both surfaces and roll them up together To keep some pressure on it while drying,
especially on the joint, I use some zip ties and a board The roof of the cat house proves to be a bit
harder than expected because I want the carpet to cover up all construction screws After a bit of head scratching the cat climber
come out pretty good The carpeting goes on the steps and the roof
as well and by now I got everything I need to complete the assembly process The steps are the first to get on their final
position then the cat house the flat roof… and lastly the sloped roof To make the Roland Amazing Pet House truly
a-ma-zing I want to install the automated, ultrasonic sensor operated, water fountain To make this happen I’ve chosen some main
components: An arduino nano microcontroller, an ultrasonic
sensor, a relay and an electric pump Have I mentioned that the Arduino family of
microprocessors is an Italian made project? Just a bit of patriotic pride here… Anyway, by following the link in the description
to our facebook page you’ll be able to download not only the doghouse plans but also the circuit
specs and the arduino code to make it run Just remember to live a like Let’s do one thing at a time, first I need
to put together the piping that will allow the water to circulate Believe me, it’s easy For starters the dog bowl need to be drilled
in order to insert one of this garden irrigation fittings It’s made out of plastic and it features
nicely rounded corners to make sure the dog doesn’t cut his tong while drinking To make everything watertight I use silicon
on both sides A 3 liters tank will be the reservoir to ensure
there is always enough water in the system It needs to be open to get inside… then
drilled… and finally I use the same fitting I used on the dog bowl Again, I apply plenty of silicon to ensures
is watertight So, the in has been taken care of Now we need an out I need a second hole for the hose that will
lead to the pump I decided to use the green cup cause is made
of harder plastic It’s enough for the hole to be snug around
the hose to avoid spillage Now it’s like the game connect the dots,
but with a hose It’s enough to warm it up a bit to make
it go easily onto the fittings A simple hole on the side of the house and
I can now install a fosset Now that everything is connected I can power
manually the pump to see if everything is ok Awesome, the mechanics of it work Now for the electronics By connecting a portable computer to the arduino,
the microprocessor that will handle both the sensor and the pump, I can show you what is
going on I wrote some code that reads the distance
perceived by the sensor (current) and compares it with the distance I’ve set to trigger
the pump (trigger) If the first is lower or equal the ladder
the relay is triggered and the pump… well, it pumps! The trigger distance can be set with a simple
potentiometer This is useful to fine tune the system and
filtered out unwanted triggering I figured that the best place to install the
sensor is near the foset and once the circuit is powered up with a battery I’m ready to
test the entire system… cross your fingers! Excellent, everything seems to work But a test wouldn’t be a proper test without
the presence of a nimce little animal I think I have just what we need! Hahaha, I didn’t mean this animal… I meant one of the fury one… At this point I can button everything up and
take a step back to enjoy the result of the hard work On paper seemed easy but let me tell you,
it has been quite a ride It looks like Dexter the
dog, Butch the cat and the kids are pretty happy with their new play house The automated water dispenser works like a
charm and everything looks certainly amazing The Roland UV printer has allowed me to turn
some cheap and anonymous material into a canvas ready to receive any creative idea This was my vision but what about you, what
will it be? In the next episode I’ll complete this project
by building a cat wheel while exploring and documenting what new and exciting opportunities
Roland technology can offer us Don’t forget to press like, subscribe to
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line in the comment section Thank you for watching, I’m Custom Cez for
Roland Master Maker and I’ll see you next time!