Solarc is a sun simulation table that is designed to aid to help students understand the physical effects of the sun on their building.
HOW IT WORKS
This project uses to main modes of movement, the arc and the turntable to precisely position the light source relative to the center of the table. I have also written custom software that uses Python + Arduino to control the table.
Through the software students can enter a specific time of day or run a full day simulation and can see a physical representation of how the sun move relative to their building. The Solarc provides an faster alternative to time consuming computer based solar simulations.
This project was done as an independent study with my partners, Kevin Hyun and Tony Zhang, The project was also funded by the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture.