With Election Day and the Veterans Day holiday last week the Robotics & Engineering shop only had 3 days for students to work on projects. We hope everybody had a chance to get out and vote on Tuesday, and we thank all our veterans for their service.
The Sophomore class decided they no longer wanted to bang their knees into the angle supports for the metal tables left here in the old Auto Body shop. As a group, they asked for help from the Metal Fab shop to help grind the sharp angle pieces. The process required them to remove the table top and move the table from the computer lab into the machine shop – no easy task. Metal Fab students came to our shop and grinded down the offending angles, and the process of moving the tables back into the computer lab and attaching the top were completed. Hopefully there will be no more scraped knees for these guys anymore.
On the Senior side, Prince Altidor completed a mockup of his LED shelf. He writes on his blog:
I converted my cad files into dxf’s so that I could laser cut my shelf in cardboard in order to see how it would look in real life. I soon realized, however, that I was missing the pocket for my pir sensor, which will serve as the switch for the lights, so I will have to recreate the top of the laser cut cardboard shelf and add the sensor. I also made a key chain of an anime charachter out of wood Despite how short the week, work was completed, and the final shelf will shortly be built when I get the wood. on the CNC Router.
You can see more of his project at his blog linked here.
Junior Nate Hopper continues to work on controlling one of our robotic arms. This is a very difficult coding project, and has been frustrating at times. He writes on his blog:
We had only 3 days to work this week due to Tuesday being Election Day, and Friday being Veteran’s Day. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only reason I was unable to make much progress this week. I was having issues getting the oscilloscope to read pulses correctly, so I spent a day trying to fix them (which in hindsight wasn’t a great use of my time) but eventually got the pulses to read clean and uniformly.
The annoyances don’t end though. As well as pulses, the board being used in the whole thing has an annoying little quirk. It has several GND Pins, which are all interconnected, which means when I run power through one of the GND Pins, it runs power through all 8 of them. Because of this, we’re ordering a new part which will hopefully get here early next week, which means I can do what I’d like without worrying about interconnected pins, but I’ll need to find a way to keep myself busy for the next couple days while it gets delivered.
I have not gotten enough sleep to properly handle this.
You can see more photos of his work at his blog linked here.