What we did this week:

I uploaded a lot of pictures and videos to the Media page to show our progress on project, as well as our recent trip to get parts laser cut. MEDIA

It's apparent that I didn't really keep the blog up to date on things we were doing in terms of ordering the parts, assembly, and other things blog-worthy. So I will recap all the major points of the project, essentially starting from the end of last semester.

The initial design was completed around the time of the final last semester. After that, we began producing all the 3-D parts needed for the project. This was essentially free and could be done at any point because Tyler already had a 3-D printer available. 

                First meeting: (07/01/2013)
  • Had the 3-D printed parts completed. However, they were 'messy' so we had to clean them up by removing excess material to allow for the other components to fit
  • Began ordering other parts for the physical model; rods, fasteners, frame 

              Second meeting: (7/29/2013)
  • Began basic assembly of the 3-D parts with the rods and fasteners and other materials acquired recently.
  • Ordered extruder and extruder parts

SCHOOL STARTS (8/29/2013)
            Third meeting: (9/1/2013)
  • Continued work on the assembly , mainly the frame. Realized the frame was kind of weak and considered new design.
  • Essentially finished the physical part of the project with the parts we had

          Fourth meeting: (9/8/2013)
  • Began testing the electronics/motors 
  • Was told to consider redesigning certain aspects of project to fit needs better

       Fifth meeting: (9/15/2013)
  • Ordered more parts (aluminum cogs) because the 3-D printer ones didn't work as expected
  • Stress analysis of the frame for redesigning purposed

     Sixth meeting: (9/30/2013)
  • Aluminum table redesign/concept are starting
  • The Decapede problem

What we plan to do this week.

We still need to finish redesigning the problems we stated in the previous week's blog. We looked at getting the aluminum frame, but to machine it to the exact specifications of the current design are costly. The reason we would want to keep the design the same is because the 3D printed parts would already fit it. If we make the frame different for easier manufacturing, we would have to redesign the 3D printed parts that fit to it and redo those(which aren't costly to print out)

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